Course Number and Title: CPO 260 Work Experience
The course provides a work experience for advanced study in chemical process operator technology. Students will participate in experiential learning for a minimum of 128 hours. The work experience is mentored and supervised.
- Apply the knowledge and skills previously learned in the classroom to operations in an industrial plant. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
- Practice critical functions in an industrial plant environment. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 6; PGC 1, 3, 4, 6, 7)
- Participate in on-the-job training, and practice appropriate work habits. (CCC 2, 3, 6; PGC 1, 2, 4, 6)
- Describe experiences in a daily journal. (CCC 1; PGC 3)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Apply knowledge and skills previously learned in the classroom to operations in an industrial plant.
- Set goals to be accomplished during the work experience.
- Draw a plot plan of a distillation tower or other unit operation specific to the plant site.
- Assist supervisor and/or mentor in routine rounds that include checking per plant procedures:
- Proper levels
- Lubrication systems (e.g., oil mist, bulb type)
- Unusual noises
- Assist supervisor and/or mentor with routine and unusual unit task.
- Practice critical functions in an industrial plant environment.
- Start-up, shutdown, and put-in-service various pumps and compressors per plant procedures.
- Catch and label routine samples per plant procedures.
- Use unit-specific material safety data sheets (MSDS).
- Describe the operating parameters for a furnace, a cooling tower, and other units specific to the plant.
- Participate in on-the-job training, and practice appropriate work habits.
- Identify unit specific environmental concerns.
- Perform lockout/tagout (LOTO), gas testing, work permit, and other plant safety procedures.
- Interface with the quality control laboratory.
- Participate in shift relief activities.
- Describe experiences in a daily journal.
- Document assigned tasks, accomplishments, and pending issues in a written daily journal.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Plant Supervisor’s Evaluation (summative)
Achievement of Internship Goals (summative)
Written Student Daily Journal (formative)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Maintain safety, health, and environmental standards during simulation exercises or in a chemical plant.
- Handle, store, and transport chemical materials according to all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
- Apply chemical process and quality systems in a simulated chemical process environment or a chemical plant.
- Operate, monitor, control, and troubleshoot batch and continuous chemical processes.
- Analyze samples of raw materials, intermediates, and finished products in a simulated chemical process environment or a chemical plant.
- Perform routine, predictive, and preventive maintenance and service to process equipment and instrumentation.
- Use computers and computerized equipment for communications and chemical process control.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.