Chemical Engineering Technology

Mission Statement

The mission of the Chemical Engineering Technology concentration is to provide a superior educational experience to prepare students in becoming high-quality process / laboratory technicians to fulfill the needs of the chemical, petrochemical, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food and other related industries. This is accomplished through classroom instruction and extensive hands-on training using state-of-the-art process equipment, laboratories and computers. The graduates of this program are process / laboratory technicians capable of critical thinking, committed to a strong work ethic, prepared for life-long learning, and sought after by employers in the state, region, and nation.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The program educational objectives support the program mission statement.

  1. Graduates will have a strong foundation of scientific and technical knowledge and hands on experience to be equipped with critical thinking skills and appreciation for teamwork, and effective communication skills required for chemical engineering technicians, process operators, and/or chemical laboratory technicians.
  2. Graduates will meet standards for chemical engineering technicians with local and/or regional industries, technical service firms, government agencies, and utilities in the areas of chemical, process, and/or laboratory technology.
  3. Graduates will recognize the importance of professional development, continued learning and service to the local and global communities. Safe work behavior and practices as well as a strong work ethic are emphasized.

Student Outcomes (SOs)

The Student Outcomes are used to indicate learned capabilities that program graduates should be able to demonstrate.

Upon graduating from this program of study, students will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities
  2. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiment.
  4. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team
  5. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
  6. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non- technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  7. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  8. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  9. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  10. a knowledge and ability to solve technical problems by the industrial application of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry; physics, and process stoichiometry
  11. the ability to apply the concepts of the chemical engineering unit operations such as mass transfer, heat transfer, distillation, and evaporation to the design, operation and maintenance of chemical processes
  12. the ability to apply the principles of thermodynamics; process control and instrumentation, computer applications and materials science to the design, operation, and maintenance of chemical processes
  13. the ability to operate, test, and check out chemical process equipment in accordance with appropriate safety, health and environmental consideration and regulations

Enrollment/Graduation Data

Graduates spring 2015:  6
Enrollment fall 2015:  35

Industry Advisory Board

Dusty RomingerWR Grace
Tom WilkersonLonza
Brad ParrChattem Chemicals
Wayne Owsley Tate and Lyle
Woody MaderMFG Chemical
James StevensonPropex Global
Earl GoadInvista
Ashley ThompsonBASF
Jeff ZiernebergWACKER Polysilicon NA
Ed Rusk Chattem Chemicals, Inc.
Dave DriggersMFG Chemical
Paul CahillSofix

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,