The mission of the Process Technology program is to provide high quality education and training, which will assist a diverse student body to prepare for career development primarily, lifelong learning, and academic advancement for careers in various fields involving Process Technology and related applied sciences and engineering technologies.

Degrees and Certificates

Process Technology - AAS

Process Technology - Process Operator - Certificate Level II

Program Information

General Requirements

The Process Technology program educates and trains technicians who control and monitor various industrial and plant processes. Areas of employment include: petrochemicals and refining, food and beverage processing, pharmaceuticals and biomanufacturing, paper and pulp, oil and gas exploration, energy and power generation, water and waste water treatment, chemical and agricultural manufacturing, environmental safety, and brewing and distilling process industries.

Process technicians ensure safety, health and other environmental practices and standards in all areas of plant activities. They also provide routine and preventive maintenance and service to process equipment, systems, and other plant units. They may also monitor and operate manufacturing instrumentation. Process technicians generally interface with other technical personnel such as chemical laboratory technicians in inspecting, troubleshooting, repairing and testing process related equipment.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Describe operation of process control equipment such as an analyzer, control loop, transducer, transmitter, detector, flow indicator, pressure alarm, Pressure control valve, and recorders.
  • Operate process systems and equipment.
  • Describe safety, health, and environmental standards in the plant.
  • Troubleshoot process abnormalities and equipment malfunctions.
  • Explain operation of plant systems and equipment. Analyze plant reaction systems.
  • Demonstrate maintenance procedures in process systems and equipment.

Employment

The estimated annual job openings is 148 jobs a year.

  • Median Wages - $32.64 hourly, $68,000 annually