The Process Technology Program offers students Core courses related to the Process Operations Industry that will prepare them to develop in their careers as safe, efficient and environmentally responsible Process Technicians in the petrochemical industry. Students entering this program should realize that Process Operators generally work rotating shifts, perform tasks requiring good mental and physical aptitude, climb tall structures and work with a variety of chemicals.

The Process Technology program is committed to serving the community and industry in partnership with a quality, industry-driven curriculum. The program will develop and supply a technically prepared workforce in the Operator profession for the petrochemical industry. In addition to developing technical knowledge regarding plant operations, Process Technology students will develop communication and team building skills throughout the program.

COM’s Process Technology Program is provided advisement and feedback from the local area petrochemical industry to ensure that the Associate of Applied Science degree in Process Technology meets the requirements of that industry. An advisory committee consisting of education and industry representatives meets regularly to review, provide feedback and direct improvements in the program. Process Technology offers a 60 credit hour associate degree that prepares students with the skills necessary for employment as a Process Operator.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Process Technology, students must have

  1. completed the prescribed courses listed in this Catalog with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better,
  2. passed each class listed in the prescribed course of study with a grade of “C” or better,
  3. met any individually prescribed behavior or remediation-related requirements.

Full-Time Schedules

Associate of Applied Science Degree - Petrochemical Process Technology

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314
College Algebra
or Technical Algebra and Trigonometry
3
PTAC 1302 Introduction to Process Technology 3
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology for Success  
General Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
 Semester Credit Hours12
Semester #2
CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry I 4
PTAC 1310 Process Technology I - Equipment 3
PTAC 1308 Safety, Health, and Environment I 3
 Semester Credit Hours10
Semester #3
PHYS 1401
College Physics I
or Applied Physics
4
PTAC 1332 Process Instrumentation I 3
PTAC 1350 Industrial Economics 3
PTAC 2314 Quality 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Semester #4
PTAC 2420 Process Technology II - Systems 4
PTAC 1354 Industrial Processes 3
Select one from the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Business & Professional Communication  
Business Report Writing and Correspondence  
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours11
Semester #5
PTAC 2346 Process Troubleshooting 3
PTAC 2438 Process Technology III - Operations 4
CTEC 2445 Unit Operations 4
Language, Philosophy and Culture/Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

CTEC 2286 and CTEC 2486 Internship-Chemical Technology are optional electives.

Part-Time Schedules

Associate of Applied Science Degree - Petrochemical Process Technology

Recommended Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
MATH 1314
College Algebra
or Technical Algebra and Trigonometry
3
Select one of the following: 3
Psychology for Success  
General Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #2
PTAC 1302 Introduction to Process Technology 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #3 (Summer)
PTAC 1308 Safety, Health, and Environment I 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture/Creative Arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #4
PTAC 1310 Process Technology I - Equipment 3
Select one from the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Business & Professional Communication  
Business Report Writing and Correspondence  
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #5
PTAC 1332 Process Instrumentation I 3
PTAC 2314 Quality 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #6 (Summer)
PHYS 1401
College Physics I
or Applied Physics
4
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours5
Semester #7
CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry I 4
PTAC 1350 Industrial Economics 3
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #8
PTAC 2420 Process Technology II - Systems 4
PTAC 1354 Industrial Processes 3
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #9 (Summer)
PTAC 2438 Process Technology III - Operations 4
PTAC 2346 Process Troubleshooting 3
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #10
CTEC 2445 Unit Operations 4
 Semester Credit Hours4
 Total Semester Credit Hours60
CTEC 2286 and CTEC 2486 Internship-Chemical Technology are optional electives.