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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 101 Intro to Process Technology 2
PTEC 110 Introduction to Process Technology Laboratory 1
PTEC 202 Safety, Health, and Environment 3
PTEC 103 Process Technology I (Equipment) 3
ENGL 101 English Composition I (GEC 1) 3
GNST 102, 103, 104 First Year Experience 3
  Semester Total 15
Second Semester  
PTEC 111 Process Technology Applications 2
PTEC 112 Process Technology Applications Laboratory 1
PTEC 206 Process Quality 3
MATH 115 Applied Technical Math (GEC 2) 3
PTEC 203 Process Technology II: Systems 3
PTEC 205 OR 207 Process Technology III: Operations OR Internship 3
  Semester Total 15
Third Semester  
AMTM 113 Industrial Mechanics 3
CHEM 110 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
PWPT 202 Instrumentation 3
COMM 100
HUMN 101
Oral Communications OR
Introduction to Humanities
CSCT 104 Technical Applications Of Microsoft Office 3
  Semester Total 15
Fourth Semester  
BUSN 230
Technical Writing OR Business Communication and Ethics 3
PTEC 102 OR PHYS 100 Process Fundamentals OR Introductory Physics 3
  Social Science Elective (GEC 3) 3
PTEC 201 Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
PTEC 250 PTEC Capstone 3
  Semester Total 15