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Profit-Increasing Strategies in Chemical Processing—Graduate Certificate

Profit-Increasing Strategies in Chemical Processing

Design and retrofit chemical processes to achieve improved performance and a better bottom line.

Build skills in advanced process simulation and economic analysis. Develop dynamic models of processes, advanced control configuration and methods, and stability and performance analysis of controlled processes. Entry-level process engineers benefit from an awareness of the operational flexibility and economic benefits afforded by modular automation principles. Chemical engineers already practicing in the chemical manufacturing and/or petrochemical industry can begin the transition into the process design role. The average chemical process engineer salary is about $79,000 per year.

3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Chemical Engineering
Admissions requirement BS degree in chemical engineering.
Contact Rebecca Ong
Length 3 courses in 2-3 semesters
Effort 3 hours per credit per week
Each course 3 credits
Total credits 9
Course type Online or on-campus
Modality Watch class recordings on demand
Cost Based on credits and course type
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Progress quickly with a compact curriculum.

Work with the program advisor to select courses that fit your interests and pre-requisite skills.

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Here are some of the pre-requisite courses for this certificate.

CM 3120 - Transport Phenomena and Unit Operations II

Introduce and apply concepts of convective heat transfer and mass transfer to unit operations. Presents the basic equations of mass and heat transfer, mass transfer analogies, and combines transport equations for use in engineering analysis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Chemical Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CM 3110 and CM 3230

CM 3215 - Transport Laboratory

This course will be an introduction to basic laboratory methods and instrumentation used in the measurement of fluid flow, heat transfer, and mass transfer. Topics to be covered include methods of statistical data analysis, experimental design, principles of measurement and instrumentation, and technical communication.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Chemical Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CM 3110(C) and (MA 3520 or MA 3521 or MA 3530 or MA 3560) and UN 1015

CM 3230 - Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers

First and second law applied to closed and open systems. Topics include energy conservation, heat cycles, entropy and enthalpy calculations on engineering systems; property estimation for pure components and mixture constituents, and multicomponent phase equilibria.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (4-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CM 2110 and MA 2160 and PH 2100

CM 3510 - Chemical Reaction Engineering

A study of chemical reaction engineering including design and analysis of chemical reactors, the fundamentals of chemical kinetics, and analysis of reaction rate data.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CM 2110 and CM 3110 and CM 3230(C) and (MA 3520 or MA 3521 or MA 3530 or MA 3560) and CH 2410

CH 2410 - Organic Chemistry I

A study of the chemistry of carbon compounds. Review of hybrid orbitals, covalent bonding, and resonance. Introduction to nomenclature, stereochemistry, mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy, functional group chemistry based on reaction mechanisms, and multi-step synthesis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 1122 or (CH 1160 and CH 1161)

Take 9 credits of required courses.

Take the following 3 courses. CM 5900 titles are special topics courses.

CM 4855 - CM Process Analysis & Design I

Capstone technical and economic evaluations of processes and unit operations. Application of cost estimation, energy efficiency, and economic evaluation techniques. Teams analyze an existing facility, identify improvement opportunities, demonstrate the economic consequences, and recommend a course of action.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Chemical Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CM 3120 and CM 3215 and CM 3230 and CM 3510 and CH 2410

The minimum completion time is three semesters.

Here is a typical schedule. Either CM 5900 may also be taken as the first course in the sequence.

Fall Spring
CM 4855 CM 5900-1
Summer  
CM 5900-2  

Interested in taking a single, online course? Enroll as a non-degree seeking student.

Upon completion of the Certificate the student should be able to:

  1. Define the scope of realistic industrial problems and perform process simulation, economic evaluation, and process optimization using computational tools.
  2. Design advanced process control strategies to optimize performance of dynamic unit operations.

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Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Jeana Collins

Jeana Collins

Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Collins teaches computer-aided problem solving, chemical engineering process analysis and design, chemical plant operations, and the Unit Operations Laboratory.

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Kurt Rickard

Kurt Rickard

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Rickard teaches chemical plant operations, including the Unit Operations Laboratory.

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Tony Rogers

Tony Rogers

Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Rogers teaches chemical engineering process analysis and design.

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