Process Technology

Program Information

Program Code: 
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
Industrial Technology -

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.

Career Opportunities: 

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.

Chemical Sector
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.

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

Program Requirements

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
64 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Support Courses

Complete one of the following courses:
Complete 6 credit hours from the following courses:
Complete 6 or more credit hours from one of the following
areas of concentration:
Industrial Maintenance
TAEL 102, TAEL 195, TAFP 150, TAFP 160, TAMT 110, TAMT 115,
TAMT 200, and/or TAMT 210.
Energy Technology
ENT 103*, ENT 104*, ENT 105*, ENT 108, ENT 113, and/or ENT 119.
TAPI 120.
Multi-Skilled Facilities Maintenance
MFMT 101**, MFMT 102, MFMT 105**, MFMT 107**, and/or MFMT 172.
Power Engineering Facilities Technology
PEFT 180, PEFT 182, and/or PEFT 184.

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

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

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.

General Education

General Education: 

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.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.