Process Technology Program (PTEC)

The Process Technology program prepares participants for careers as operators at chemical plants, refineries, power plants and wastewater treatment facilities.  The program consists of nine modules that led to a Certificate of Professional Development. 

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ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
At least 18 years old, high school diploma or equivalent, 10th grade math and 11th grade reading recommended, physical exam clearance.

course details

Course Number: TRAD5100
Tuition: $7,100
Course Hrs: 540
(36 semester hr equivalent)

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2014 COURSE SCHEDULE

dates

Mar 31, 2014 - Jul 22, 2015

days

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

times

5:00pm-8:00pm

location/instructor

CE-403, CE-403A, CE-403B,
CE-500
Instructor: module specific
All course dates and times subject to change without prior notice.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The following modules include the instructional topics for the course listed above. Individual modules cannot be taken separately.

APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Applied Mathematics is a comprehensive study of mathematical skills used in a variety of technical occupations.  Participants gain a strong mathematical foundation in the principles and applications of decimals, fractions, percentages, ratio/ proportion, order of operations, geometry, elements of algebra, and statistics. Performing basic computations and solving relevant, multi-step mathematical problems using industry relevant examples and technology. 

SAFETY, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

The Safety Health and Environment course teaches personal protective equipment, hazardous materials, electrical and arc-flash safety as well as a comprehensive review of current state and federal regulations. Course topics are reinforced through scenarios performed at the campus as well as industrial sites.    

APPLIED GENERAL CHEMISTRY

Applied General Chemistry addresses specific applications of general chemistry.  Participants learn chemical theories including atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactivity, gas laws, acids and bases, and solutions.   Labs emphasize industry-related laboratory skills and competencies including laboratory safety and report writing.

PROCESS INSTRUMENTATION I

Process instrumentation is a study of the instruments and instrument systems used in a variety of processing industries, including instrumentation unique to alternative energy production and processing. Participants learn instrument terminology, primary variables, symbology, and control loops, as well as temperature, pressure and flow formulas.

PRINCIPLES OF QUALITY

The Principles of Quality is a study of the background and application of quality concepts for the process industry. Participants learn and apply practices in process sampling and analysis of variance for process products and instruments.

PROCESS EQUIPMENT

The process equipment course introduces tools and equipment common to the process industries. Participants study the theory and operation of heat exchangers, compressors, valves, pumps  and other equipment This course includes alternative energy process equipment such as, wind turbines, environmental monitoring systems, hydrogen fuel cell, bioethanol, and biodiesel equipment. 

Process Systems

Process Systems introduces participants to a variety of common operational systems typically found in the industry and their related scientific principles. Systems include: distillation, extraction, demineralization, reactors, power generation, and waste treatment as well as photovoltaic, environmental monitoring, fuel cells, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and bio-fuel production.

Process Operations

Process Operations combines multiple systems into operational processes. Participants operate actual and simulated distillation, extraction, demineralization, reactors, power generation, waste treatment, ethanol, biodiesel, and LNG processes.

Troubleshooting for the Process Industry

Troubleshooting instruction in the different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships and reasoning. Laboratory instruction involves troubleshooting problems initiated by the instructor in a process simulator. 

PROCESS TECHNOLOGY CAPSTONE EXTERNSHIP

Students will participate in a capstone externship project providing them with experience working with process technicians on-site at local companies who employ process technicians.  This capstone also provides an introduction to team building, interpersonal, social skills, and communications as they apply to an industrial environment. The participants are given the opportunity to take employment entrance examinations and experience a series of mock employment interviews.