I already have a degree in another field of study. Does this other degree count towards
my process technology degree?
Courses completed for another degree may fulfill some of the general education requirements
in the Process Technology Program. Talk to an advisor to determine specific course
Does the College of the Mainland offer an operator certificate?
The College of the Mainland only offers the two-year Associate of Applied Science.
We no longer offer an operator certificate.
Do local companies require an associate degree?
Most of the local Texas City industry require an associate degree or equivalent process
What are the job opportunities?
A degree in process technology can be used in a variety of fields including refinery
operations, chemical plant operations, food processing, pulp and paper, power generation,
pharmaceuticals, offshore work and many more.
Can I work in the plants while I go to school?
A few companies allow you to work in an entry-level job while attending school.
I am worried about taking physics, chemistry and math. What can I do?
While physics, chemistry and math are some of our most challenging courses, tutors
are available to provide help.
Whom do I talk to about signing up for classes?
In order to enroll in classes, you must apply to College of the Mainland at www.com.edu/apply. Next, take the entrance exam in the Testing Center so that we can see where you
place in math and English. Visit an advisor to set a schedule of classes, then register
for the semester.
Will you help me to get a job?
The Process Technology Program is in close contact with many industries. While we
do not guarantee a job, we will assist with placement through job postings and emails.
Will this program help me to work at the plants?
Yes, our local plants typically only hire operators with three to five years’ experience
or with the process technology associate degree.
Do I have to have a GED or diploma to take this program?
Yes, in order to enroll in the program, you must have a high school diploma or a GED.
Is financial aid available?
Yes! Scholarships, grants and loans are available. Visit the COM Financial Aid Office
to discuss financial aid options and application procedures. View scholarships at
www.com.edu/scholarships or call 409-933-8508.
What kind of conditions should I expect to work in?
Chemical plants and refineries operate around the clock. Much of an operator’s work
is outdoors, so the weather can be cold and wet in the winter to very hot in the summer.
Do I have to climb up on those towers?
The work that is going on in the chemical plant or refinery dictates what must be
done. Climbing large towers can be a requirement of employment.
Does the program give hands-on experience or is it all lecture?
Many of our classes have hands-on labs associated with the classes. Our Unit Operations
class is an entirely hands-on experience where the student learns to operate a distillation