Major Code: 3702
Process Technology prepares students to be employed as operators in the process industry.
Program Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Prepare measure and feed raw material and processing agents into plant equipment.
- Draw samples of products for lab analysis.
- Use standard test equipment, materials and procedures to perform chemical tests.
- Monitor gauges, signals and recording instruments;
- Turn valves and move controls to regulate temperatures, pressures, levels and flows through a process system to affect prescribed response within critical limits
- Demonstrate knowledge of equipment and process operations.
- Maintain log of gauge readings and shift production information.
A comprehensive exam is given in the PTEC Capstone course
A chemical process operator works in the safe production, refining and transfer of various chemicals in three states of matter - solid, liquid and gas. Production is carried out in reactors and converters. Refining is done in distillation columns, filter presses, separators and other types of equipment. Chemicals are transferred through pipelines to shipping containers or storage tanks. In operating equipment, the operator must observe, interpret and record data from gauges, instruments, computer displays, log books and laboratory analysis data. The operator will need to make changes in pressure, flow, temperature, level and other parameters by operating control devices including valves, switches and levers. Operators may also be required to operate moving equipment such as aerial work platforms, forklifts and track mobiles. Minor maintenance activities requiring the use of hand tools is done frequently by operators. The operators must be able to solve simple math problems and be able to run lab tests to assure quality products are being made. An operator must have good written and verbal communication skills. Being able to recognize unusual conditions and troubleshoot problems are essential traits for a chemical process operator.
Most graduates enter the chemical processing industry. However, many industries will accept a two-year Technology degree as the minimum qualifications.