Operations Engineering and Technician (OET)


  • Architecture, Manufacturing & Automotive

Whether you want to become an operations engineer or operations technician, JJC will prepare you with the skills you need to land one of these stable, well-paying, challenging careers.

How to Become a JJC OET Student

  • First apply to JJC for free.
  • After that, fill out our free OET application during the application period in February.
    • JJC's OET program has selective admissions. This means you should apply as soon as possible.

Apply to JJC

What Will I Learn?

Depending on the path you want to take, you'll learn skills for the following careers.

Operations Engineers...

  • Monitor and operate plant equipment used in the petrochemical, nuclear and manufacturing industry
  • Evaluate the unit's operating status
  • Perform troubleshooting of processes and equipment in order to maximize unit reliability and quality production
  • Earning Potential: $65,000-$95,000 per year
  • Job Outlook: Projected 5.2% increase in positions from 2020-2026 within JJC's local district/region (EMSI Data Set)

Operations Technicians...

  • Maintain and repair equipment and other industrial machinery (like conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment)
  • Install, dismantle, repair, reassemble and move machinery in manufacturing facilities and power plants.
  • Earning Potential: $45,000-$75,000 per year
  • Job Outlook: Projected 19% increase in positions from 2020-2030 (faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S.)

Many jobs require a background check, and workers are subject to drug and alcohol screenings.

What Degree / Certificate Will I Receive?

A Special Thank You

A special thank you to the following companies for partnering with JJC and supporting the OET program: Aux Sable, CITGO, Exelon Generation, LyondellBasell and TC Energy. For more information, email engineertech@jjc.edu.