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Industrial Process Operator Certificate

What do the following careers have in common?

  • Cooling and heating skyscrapers, hospitals, and office complexes
  • Developing new microbrews
  • Hydrogen production
  • Managing water treatment sites
  • Power generation
  • Transforming algae into fuel

They all rely on the work of industrial process operators who help maintain equipment and systems used in manufacturing and production. If a career working with your hands and making things work appeals to you, enroll in San Juan College's Industrial Process Technology Certificate program.

You can complete the certificate program in one year, so you can start your career quickly. Your industrial process operator classes give you practical skills to work in a variety of industries around the world, from mining and manufacturing to food and beverage processing. When you graduate, you'll be ready for an entry-level job in this in-demand field.

Why Complete the Industrial Process Operator Certificate Program?

Industrial process operators play a crucial role in various industries that rely on efficient and safe manufacturing processes. They make sure that the equipment and systems run smoothly and efficiently to provide high-quality products and services for consumers. As an industrial process operator, you can find a career in:

  • Food and beverage processing
  • Oil and gas processing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Power generation
  • Renewable energy
  • Semiconductor production
  • Stormwater management
  • Water treatment

After you graduate, you'll find that your career is in high demand. Plants, factories, and facilities need skilled workers to run complex equipment and processes. Get a jump start with an Industrial Process Operator Certificate. 

Why Earn an Industrial Process Operator Certificate at San Juan College?

Real-World Training in One Year

At SJC, the Industrial Process Operator Certificate can be completed in one year. Our expert instructors teach you the fundamentals and skills you need to launch your career. Build your skills using our state-of-the-art industrial equipment worth over $5 million. You'll find you have more experience because of the hands-on learning you get at SJC.

Opportunities for All Students

In the Industrial Process Operator program, we strive to give all students a chance to follow their interests and succeed. We are encouraged that 24% of our students are women, and 48% are Native American. We hope to continue this trend through our supportive and welcoming environment.

Affordable Option

Because of SJC's low tuition rates, our Industrial Process Operator Certificate program is a great investment for your future. Our practical training gives you the skills and confidence to start your career. Find out if you can get your certificate tuition-free through the NM Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships.

What You'll Learn in the Industrial Process Operator Classes

Develop the real-world skills you need to become an industrial process operator. At SJC, you'll train with our advanced equipment and under the watchful eyes of our instructors, who are highly experienced industry veterans. You'll be ready to start an entry-level job in as little as one year. Your courses cover:

  • Environmental process systems
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Gas processing and refining
  • Instruments and instrument systems used in the process industry
  • Operations in process equipment and systems
  • Power generation
  • Safety and environmental concerns
  • Troubleshooting

Industrial Process Operator Certificate Curriculum

Careers and Outcomes

Find a high-demand career as an industrial process operator in just one year. SJC's certificate program prepares you for an entry-level job monitoring equipment, systems, and processes in factories, refineries, plants, and more. Work in fields such as:

  • Food and beverage processing
  • Mining
  • Natural gas
  • Petrochemical plants
  • Pharmaceutical processes
  • Power generation
  • Refineries
  • Semiconductors

Graduates of SJC's Industrial Process Operator Certificate program have gone on to work for:

  • City of Aztech
  • Chevron
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Jacobs
  • Phillips 66

Next Steps

To enroll in the Industrial Process Operator program, you must first apply to San Juan College. It's easy, and you can apply online at any time!

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If you are already a student at San Juan College, talk to your advisor about our Industrial Process Operator Certificate program.

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Phone: (505) 566-3320

West Classroom Complex,
Room 1911

M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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