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Advances in laboratory instrumentation and procedures continue to expand the chemical technician's role in virtually every industry. Chemical technicians work with chemists and engineers to set up, operate and maintain lab instruments, monitor experiments, and calculate and document results using the principles and theories of science and chemistry to help invent and improve products and processes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas employs more chemical technicians than any state in the nation and demand is growing. The BLS projects that there will be 270 job openings each year for the next seven years. That’s nearly 1,900 positions that will need to be filled with skilled, qualified personnel through 2022.
TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Chemical Technology. Students will gain a competitive advantage by participating in field trips and real-world work situations such as beach cleanups, oil spill response teams, oiled bird rescue, treatment plant and landfill tours, and river and ship channel water sampling. About 90 percent of the program’s graduates are placed in the Houston Gulf Coast region, particularly in the Houston Victoria/Port Lavaca and Corpus Christi areas with companies such as Shell, Phillips, Alcoa, Dell, DOW, Valero, Chevron, Texas Instruments, Intel and Formosa Plastics. Some students opt to continue their studies — typically in chemical engineering or chemistry — while employed and find that many of the companies that hire the program's graduates reimburse all or most of the educational costs for tuition, books and fees. TSTC is proud that Chemical Technology has received the Texas General Land Office State OSPRA Award two years in a row, making it the only entity to ever win the award twice.