Course Description

This course is 56 learning hours. It is recommended that students spend an average of 7 hours per week on this course.

The third course in the Certificate in Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers covers the main purpose of chemical plants: conversions. It also looks at physical conversion units (unit operations) and chemical conversion units (process units). It is useful for individuals working or dealing with chemical industries, including oil and gas extraction and refining plants, water and wastewater treatment plants, mineral processing plants, and food and beverage plants.

Course Outline

Each week has a one-hour pre-recorded session with the instructor. There is a total of six hours of pre-recorded sessions in this course.

  • Week 1: Common Principles of Conversions
  • Week 2: Unit Operations: Separation Methods - Part 1
  • Week 3: Unit Operations: Separation Methods - Part 2
  • Week 4: Unit Operations: Dealing with discrete materials
  • Week 5: Process Units - Reactions
  • Week 6: Process Plant Design

What You Will Learn

  • Common principles of conversions, physical or chemical conversions, possibility (thermodynamics), and speed (kinetics)
  • Unit operations including screening, gravity separation, filtration, absorption & adsorption, evaporation, distillation, crystallization, centrifugation, drying, extraction, leaching, membrane, cyclonic separation
  • Process units such as reactions
  • Different types of reactors including plug and mixed and endothermic vs. exothermic
  • Process plant design


By enrolling in this course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Certificate in Chemical Engineering for Non-Chemical Engineers.

Recommended For

  • Chemical plant operators (field operators and panel operators)
  • Maintenance personnel and supervisors
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
  • Control & Instrumentation Engineers and technicians
  • Reliability Engineers and Asset Managers
  • Environmental Engineers and technicians

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Unit Operations, Process Units, and Plant Design
Online - Asynchronous
Apr 01, 2021 to Mar 31, 2022
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Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,195.00
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