A process technician/operator is a key member of a team of people responsible for planning, analyzing, and controlling the production of products from the acquisition of raw materials through the production and distribution of products to customers in a variety of process industries. These industries include, but are not limited to, chemical, food and beverage, oil exploration and production, pharmaceuticals, power generation, pulp and paper, refining and waste water treatment.
It is essential for a process technician/operator to have the ability to work effectively in a team-based environment. Strong oral and written communication skills are important. The duties of a process technician/operator include maintaining a safe work environment, controlling, monitoring and troubleshooting equipment, analyzing, evaluating and communicating about data, and training others.
Job Forecast Data
Process technicians/operators will be in demand more than ever in the coming years. A shortage of process technicians/operators currently exists within the chemical, oil and gas exploration and production and power generation industries.
The chemical process industry represents a large diversity of industries:
* Plastics Materials and Synthetics
* Cleaning Preparations
* Industrial Organic Chemicals
* Industrial Inorganic Chemicals
* Miscellaneous Chemicals
* Paints and Allied Products
* Agricultural Chemicals
* Drug Manufacturing
Oil and Gas Production Sector
Qualified process technicians will be needed to meet demands for projects in production. For example, BP, the second largest oil company in the world, estimates that an additional 200 people will be needed (based on 2002 projections) to staff new deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico.
Required Core Courses
Required Support Courses
Students must complete 6 credit hours of Industrial Co-op or approved internship (may be waived for students working in the Process Industry and replaced with courses from a concentration area.)
- Partial online course
** 100% online course
Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.