Process Technology

Process Technology

About the Program

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.

AWARD TYPES: Certificate Level 2, Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Degrees and Certificates

Learn more about the Degrees and Certificates offered by this program by visiting the HCC Catalog.

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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 the operation of plant systems and equipment. Analyze plant reaction systems.


Demonstrate maintenance procedures in process systems and equipment.

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.



A Virtual Information Sessions for prospective students will take place on Mondays from 2 pm to 3 pm. During the information sessions, students will be advised of the enrollment options in the Global Energy workforce programs. To register, please call 713-718-5534 or email
Program Coordinator: Sazar Ali



The estimated annual job openings is 148 jobs a year.

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


North American Process Technology Alliance

The Process Technology department is endorsed by the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA). NAPTA is the recognized organization for the advancement of Process Technology education and careers.


Hybrid Programs Restrictions

Hybrid programs allow students to take a mix of online and face-to-face courses. Hybrid programs offer 50% to 85% of their courses online and the remainder of the curriculum is taken in-person on one of HCC’s campuses. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Language Option Restrictions

Some hybrid programs require students to participate in foreign language courses as part of the program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements and available language options. If you would like to take courses in a language that is not offered online, you would have to do so on campus.

Elective Course Restrictions

Some hybrid programs may have a limited number of elective options available, based on which of the designated electives are currently offered online.  Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements.

Required Course Restrictions

Hybrid programs require students to participate in campus-based courses as part of a given program’s required curriculum. Please contact your advisor for more information about specific program requirements. 

Potential Course Restrictions

Some online courses may have face-to-face requirements for exams, laboratory sessions, and other activities. Please review your course syllabus to determine if your online course has an on-campus laboratory or examination requirement.


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Marketable Skills

Learn more about the marketable skills—skills valued by employers that can be applied in variety of work settings—so you can communicate these to potential employers. Click on the relevant award title below to see descriptions of marketable skills for that area.

Process Operator, C2

Process Technology, A.A.S.

Career Opportunities

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Process Technology

Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm