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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 $86,372 per year (Payscale).

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3 courses in 3 semesters.

Department Chemical Engineering
Admissions requirement BS degree in chemical engineering.
Contact Timothy C. Eisele
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.

Check your preparation.

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

Take 9 credits of required courses.

Take the following 3 courses.

The minimum completion time is three semesters.

Here is a typical schedule. CM 5315 may be taken before CM 5860.

Fall Spring
CM 4855 CM 5860
CM 5315  

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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The College of Engineering fosters excellence in education and research.

We set out as the Michigan Mining School in 1885 to train mining engineers to better operate copper mines. Today, more than 60 percent of Michigan Tech students are enrolled in our 17 undergraduate and 29 graduate engineering programs across nine departments. Our students and curriculum embrace the spirit of hard work and fortitude our founders once had. Our online graduate courses are the same, robust classes taken by our doctorate and masters candidates, taught directly by highly regarded faculty, with outstanding support from staff. We invite working professionals to join these courses, bring their own experience and challenges as part of the discussion. Leverage the national reputation of Michigan Tech to advance your career in tech leadership.

Meet the online certified instructors.

Students have the flexibility to review class recordings later.

Jeana Collins

Jeana Collins

Associate Teaching Professor, 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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Tony Rogers

Tony Rogers

Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering

Teaching Statement

Dr. Rogers teaches chemical engineering process analysis and design.

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