Chemical Process Operations

The Chemical Process Operations series has been developed to equip chemical operators, and those working in the chemical industry, with the fundamental knowledge of 21st century chemical manufacturing and processing. These courses were developed by a team of chemical operators, designers, engineers, chemist and other key stakeholders in the chemical industry. With approximately 120 hours of relevant chemical operator training, these courses will provide the foundational knowledge to support a quality chemical operator training program. 

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Introduction to Chemical Manufacturing

This course introduces you to the responsibilities of a chemical operator and the regulatory, safety, and quality issues that are important to working in a chemical manufacturing facility. You will learn about the importance of communication and troubleshooting skills to this job. You will also learn the basics of process control and reading piping and instrumentation diagrams.

Applied Mathamatics

This course prepares the chemical worker to use numeric and graphic data to analyze, report, and make critical decisions in the workplace.  The course reviews basic math operations and problem solving skills and discusses how to accurately express and report solutions.  You will learn how to set up and solve percent, ratio, basic algebra, common unit conversion and other math equations and how to read and interpret data from charts, displays and graphs.

Applied Physical Science

In this course, you will learn basic laws and principles in areas of Physics, Thermodynamics, Electricity, and Fluid Dynamics. Knowledge in these topics is essential for understanding energy consumption, heat transfer, steam generation, electrical circuits, AC and DC motors, fluid flow, material balancing, and many other applications related to monitoring and troubleshooting the instruments and equipment in a chemical manufacturing process.

Applied Chemistry

This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of Chemistry for chemical workers.  In this course you will discover how the basic building blocks of matter come together to form the chemical compounds that are used and produced in Chemical Manufacturing.  You will learn about chemical reactions and how reactions can be controlled to produce a desired product.  Understanding the basic characteristics of chemicals and reactions is essential for helping chemical workers monitor and control chemical manufacturing processes.

Equipment I

In this course you will become familiar with different types of piping, piping construction materials, and piping connections critical to transporting liquids and gases through a chemical manufacturing facility. You will learn how to identify a variety of valve and valve actuator types by design, how they function, and their typical uses. Each topic also includes a general overview of accessory equipment, common performance issues, and general inspection and maintenance procedures.

Equipment II

This course provides a foundation for on-the-job training on the essential equipment used to move liquids and gases through a manufacturing facility. You will learn how to identify each type of equipment by design and the parts and functionality of each design. Each topic also includes a general overview of accessory equipment, common performance issues, and general inspection and maintenance procedures.

Equipment III

In this course, you will be introduced to the various types of process equipment used in a chemical manufacturing facility.  You will cover the uses of the equipment as well as associated auxiliary equipment. Topics included are reactors, furnaces, heat exchangers, cooling towers, mixers, filters/centrifuges, cyclones/scrubbers, decanters/extractors, evaporators/crystallizers, dryers, and vents.  Each topic will address equipment functionality, performance, and safety guidelines.

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Equipment IV

In this course, you will be introduced to the various type of equipment containers used in shipping and receiving chemical materials. You will also be given and overview as to how silos and tanks are used to store and distribute chemical materials. In addition, you will understand how utility systems provide services through steam generation, refrigeration services and electrical distribution. Each topic will address equipment functionality, performance, safety guidelines and governmental compliance.


This course introduces you to chemical process instrumentation. A variety of instruments measure process variables, transmit signals, make decisions to adjust process variables, and implement automated adjustments to a process. You will also learn about safety issues related to instrumentation, strategies for controlling complex processes, and how to apply troubleshooting methods to typical instrumentation problems.

Chemical Distillation

This course introduces you to chemical distillation processes.  You will learn the basic principles, system components, and process measurement that is necessary for efficient distillation.  Equipment covered includes towers, reboilers, and condensers as well as azeotropic and extractive columns.  The different types of distillation control systems will also be explored.  The course includes column troubleshooting with distillation procedures and exercises.  Each topic will address functionality, performance, and safety guidelines.


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