Associate of Applied Science – Petrochemical Process Technology

The Process Technology Program offers 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 gathers advice and feedback from the local petrochemical industry to ensure that the Associate of Applied Science degree in Process Technology meets the industry requirements. An advisory committee consisting of education and industry representatives meets regularly to review, provide feedback and direct improvements in the program.

The COM Process Technology Program offers a 71-credit-hour associate degree that prepares students with the skills necessary for employment as a process operator.

Learn more about our Process Technology Program.

Suggested Study Plan

Semester #1

Course SCH
ENGL 1301 COMPOSITION I 3
MATH 1314
or TECM 1303
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
or TECHNICAL MATH
3
COSC 1301
or BCIS 1305
MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS
or BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
3
PTAC 1302 INTRODUCTION TO PROCESS TECHNOLOGY 3
SOCI 1301
or PSYC 2301
or PSYC 1300
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
or INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
or PSYCHOLOGY FOR SUCCESS
3

Semester #2

Course SCH
CHEM 1419 APPLIED CHEMISTRY 4
PTAC 1410 PROCESS TECHNOLOGY I: EQUIPMENT 4
PTAC 1408 SAFETY, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT I 4
POFT 1300 CAREER EXPLORATION/PLANNING 3

Semester #3

Course SCH
PHYS 1401
or PHYS 1410
COLLEGE PHYSICS I
or APPLIED PHYSICS
4
PTAC 1432 PROCESS INSTRUMENTATION I 4
PTAC 1350 INDUSTRIAL ECONOMICS 3
PTAC 2314 QUALITY 3

Semester #4

Course SCH
PTAC 2420 PROCESS TECHNOLOGY II: SYSTEMS 4
PTAC 1454 INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES 4
SPCH 1315
or BUSI 2304
PUBLIC SPEAKING
or BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
3
PHED 1107 FOUNDATIONS OF FITNESS AND WELLNESS 1

Semester #5

Course SCH
PTAC 2446 PROCESS TROUBLESHOOTING 4
PTAC 2438 PROCESS TECHNOLOGY III: OPERATIONS 4
CTEC 2445 UNIT OPERATIONS 4
Humanities/Fine Arts Humanities/Fine Arts 3