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Chemical processing

What Are Chemical Processing Jobs Like?

Chemical process operators work at companies like Dow Chemical, Hemlock Semiconductor, Michigan Sugar and others with the handling, transporting, transferring, storage and disposal of chemicals and other materials in compliance with all state and federal regulations; they operate, troubleshoot, monitor, and control both continuous and batch processes; assemble, disassemble and stage reactor systems; line up and management of valving stations and headers; understand and use pneumatic tools and equipment; connect, disconnect, load, unload and manage tanker transfer stations; are knowledgeable and uphold the standards regarding health, safety, and the environment; interface with chemical engineers and tradesmen, technicians, and co-workers involved with these processes; hands on and management of normal equipment maintenance; calibrate instrumentation; and handling of medium to heavy tools, products and equipment.

Starting salaries are $13-20 per hour. Delta College operates the program as needed, based on employer demand. Successful completers (based on instructional assessment standards and attendance) can earn up to 25 academic credits (CPI 110-260) toward the Chemical Process Technology Associate degree and be qualified to apply for employment as a Chemical Process Operator.

Requirements for Chemical Process Fast Start

  • 13-week, 520 hour accelerated program at Delta College
  • Must take the following WorkKeys tests (click here for testing locations and hours) and score at least 3s – 5s, depending on the requirements listed directly below:
    • Applied Mathematics (Level 5 required; 5 required for employment)
    • Applied Technology (Level 3 required for employment)
    • Graphic Literacy (Level 5 required for employment)
    • Work Place Documents (Level 5 required for employment)
  • Associates 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:
    • 2 years manufacturing, technical, chemical or skilled trades experience OR
    • 2 years military experience in a technical field
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. consistently
  • Must have a valid drivers license, be able to pass a drug screen/medical exam and background check
  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts
  • Complete the FAST Start application

The cost of Chemical Process Fast Start training is $5,400 and is not covered by Federal Pell or Financial Aid. You may be eligible for funding from Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! (even if you are not a resident of Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland or Saginaw counties). To find out, download your application and complete the application process below.

Program Selection

Program slots will be offered to the applicants who best meet the preferred candidate qualifications, which include minimum test scores, work experience, and previous education/training. Class schedules and times will vary.

Application Process

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! recruits people for accelerated training, offers career managers to review applications, and provides funding to those who qualify.

  • Applicants must submit application and required documentation to training provider.
  • Training provider selects applicants for the program and conducts the training.
  • A resume must accompany each application, documenting all required skills, experience and test scores. Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! can help applicants with resume preparation.

I'm interested. What should I do?

Getting yourself into the accelerated training “pipeline” for consideration into the program requires a commitment to visiting a Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! Service Center for orientation and/or a one-on-one appointment with a staff member. To begin this process let us know you are interested by completing the form below or visit any Michigan Works! service center. Also, start collecting eligibility documents, including driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate, education credentials/transcripts, resume and unemployment information (if applicable).

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