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Program Notices

  • CHEMT 201 and CHEMT 301 will not be offered Fall 2021.
  • If you have already taken some chemistry courses, you may already qualify for our level 1 certificate. If so, reach out to one of our Coordinators in the Contact panel.

The Chemical Technology Program trains students for a wide variety of career opportunities as a scientific laboratory technician.  Students will not only be instructed in the theory and fundamentals of chemistry, but will also be given hands-on lab training using sophisticated state-of-the-art lab instrumentation.  Students who satisfactorily complete the program will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.


ChemTech students have the opportunity to earn three different levels of certification:

  • Level 1 Certificate
    Beginning Chemical Technician
    23.5 units
  • Level 2 Certificate
    Intermediate Chemical Technician
    Certificate 1 + 11.5 Units
  • Level 3 Certificate
    Advanced Chemical Technician
    Certificate 2 + 19 Units

Program Catalog Description

The Chemical Technology Program trains students for a wide variety of scientific laboratory technician career opportunities. Students not only will be instructed in the theory and fundamentals of chemistry, but they will also be exposed to hands-on training with lab equipment and sophisticated state-of-the-art lab instrumentation. Students will be taught how to follow safety procedures, how to perform standard laboratory techniques, and how to prepare clear, thorough lab reports.

Throughout the program there will be emphasis on clear written communication and correct mathematical calculations. Students will be challenged to strengthen problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. They also will have opportunities to develop effective verbal communication and to use software commonly employed in scientific labs.

A student who satisfactorily completes the program will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement. Students who complete the program may also qualify for an Associate in Science degree by fulfilling the Graduation Requirements specified in this catalog.

Chemical Technology students in the labLearn the Skills that Get You Hired

  • Learn from knowledgeable faculty
  • Hands-on job training
  • Gain experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation

Career Info



$23.21 per hour
as of May 2018


$24.84 per hour
as of May 2018

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Opportunities

  • Winery Analysis Technician
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Cannabis Technician
  • Chemical Plant Technician
  • Chemical Instrument Specialist
  • Environmental Science and Protection Specialist


  • Food and beverage companies
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Cannabis testing laboratories
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Pharmaceutical companies

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Chemical technology students in the labProgram Costs

  • Tuition fees (may vary by semester)
  • Textbooks
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Lab supplies

Cost of Attendance at SCC

Chemical Technology student in the labRecommended High School Preparation

Completion of college-preparatory English and general mathematics courses are desirable.


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Dr. Marisa Alviar-Agnew
Phone: (916) 650-2950

Dr. Tonya M. Atkins
Phone: (916) 558-2481

ChemTech Video

Is the ChemTech program for you? Learn about what careers are available, and what certificates you could earn at SCC.

Video: ChemTech Program at SCC