Process Technology

Process Technology prepares students to be employed as operators In the process industry. A chemical process operator works in the safe production, refining and transfer of various chemicals in three states of matter - solid, liquid and gas. Production is carried out in reactors and converters. Refining is done in distillation columns, filter presses, separators and other types of equipment. Chemicals are transferred through pipelines to shipping containers or storage tanks. In operating equipment, the operator must observe, interpret and record data from gauges, instruments, computer displays, log books and laboratory analysis data. The operator will need to make changes in pressure, flow, temperature, level and other parameters by operating control devices including valves, switches and levers. 

Operators may also be required to operate moving equipment such as aerial work platforms, forklifts and track mobiles. Minor maintenance activities requiring the use of hand tools is done frequently by operators. The operators must be able to solve simple math problems and be able to run lab tests to assure quality products are being made. An operator must have good written and verbal communication skills. Being able to recognize unusual conditions and troubleshoot problems are essential traits for a chemical process operator.


First Semester
PTEC 101Intro to Process Technology4
PTEC 202Safety, Health, and Environment3
PTEC 103Process Technology I (Equipment)4
GNST 102First Year Experience1
GNST 103Classroom Success Strategies1
GNST 104Professional Development1
 Semester Total14
Second Semester
PTEC 206Process Quality3
PWPT 202Instrumentation & Control3
MATH 115Applied Technical Math ( GEC 2)3
PTEC 203Process Technology II (Systems)3
PTEC 205Process Technology III (Operations) OR 
PTEC 207Internship4
 Semester Total16
Third Semester
AMTM 113Industrial Mechanics3
CHEM 110Fundamentals of Chemistry3
ENGL 101English Composition I3
COMM 100
HUMN 101
Oral Communications OR
Introduction to Humanities
CSCT 104Technical Applications Of Microsoft Office3
 Semester Total15
Fourth Semester
ENGL 120Technical Writing OR 
BUSN 230Business Communication and Ethics3
PHYS 100Introductory Physics3
 Social Science Elective3
PTEC 201Water and Wastewater Treatment3
PTEC 250PTEC Capstone3
 Semester Total15