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Chemical Process Operator Fast Start™

Non-Credit Job Training

Program Overview

Chemical Process Operator Fast Start™

Delta's 13-week Chemical Process Operator Fast Start™ program is offered when area employers indicate they are ready to hire for those positions.

This program trains you to become a chemical process operator at Dow Chemical or Hemlock Semiconductor. All individuals interested in taking this job training program should contact Delta College Corporate Services to be added to the interest list. We will contact you when we are accepting applications for the next program.

Individuals who successfully complete the Chemical Process Operator Fast Start™ job training program will receive a Certificate of Completion from Delta College Corporate Services. You will also earn 23 hours of academic credit toward Delta's associate degree in Chemical Process Technology.

Earning Potential

Job growth is expected to rise 6% over the next 10 years, after a slight decline over the last 2 years. 

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $46,400 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Chemical Plant and Systems Operator
  • Chemical Equipment Operator
  • Production Supervisor
  • Chemical processing lab
    State-of-the-art technology

    Our chemical process technology lab has the equipment and technology you need for hours of hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to use similar equipment to what you'll find on the job.

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Program Details

All Fast Start™ job training programs are run in collaboration with Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and area employers. Fast Start™ job training is designed to get you in the workforce quickly – it's a 13 week, 40-hours-per-week program. On average, we run two sessions a year.

What you'll learn

The program is 50 percent in the classroom and 50 percent Delta's main campus hands-on lab.

The objective of the training program is to have the student understand the following topics:

  • Description of selected or typical chemical processes
  • Chemical process operator roles and responsibilities
  • Basic physics for chemical processes
  • Valve types and operations
  • Pumps and fluid flow
  • Basic understanding of process instrumentation
  • Heat exchangers 
  • Reactor operations
  • Distillation and stripping
  • Safety issues involved in process operations
  • Quality assurance issues
Candidate qualifications

This program is ideal for individuals with two years of prior work experience in a mechanical or technical field and a desire to work in the chemical industry. These positions require employees to lift 50 lbs, climb stairs, work shifts and have a commitment to safety and teamwork.

When the application process opens, you'll need to submit:

  • Application
  • High school transcripts, diploma, or GED
  • Transcripts for each college you have attended, including Delta
  • Résumé indicating one of the following scenarios:
      • Associate's degree in a technical field PLUS one of the following:
          • 2 years of manufacturing, technical, chemical or skilled trades experience OR
          • 2 years of military experience in a technical field
      • High school diploma or GED PLUS one of the following:
          • 4 years of manufacturing, technical, chemical or skilled trades experience OR
          • 4 years of Military experience in a technical field.
  • WorkKeys Test Results - proof is required with application
      • Minimum Score of 3: Applied Technology, Teamwork, Observation
      • Minimum Score of 5: Applied Math, Reading for Information, Locating Information
 Funding support

Financial support may be available to those who qualify through Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!

Facts & Figures

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Job growth expected in this field over the next 10 years.

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Full-time job placement rate for this program is 95%.


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“My experience in the Fast Start program was very detailed oriented and I use it in my job today. It changed my life around as far as being able to support my family. That was the best part.”

Jason Parks, Fast Start™ graduate