Process Technology - A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Get the Specialized Training You Need to Become a Process Technician

Process technology is at the center of all industries that produce consumer goods from raw materials (including chemicals, fuels, and plastics) and involves the ability to understand, operate, shutdown, analyze and troubleshoot industrial processes.

If you have strong math skills, are curious about how things work, like to troubleshoot and solve problems, work as part of a team, and have a great attitude then a career as a process technician may be right for you.

Process technicians are responsible for the safe and reliable operation and maintenance of refineries and petrochemical plants. At ACC, you will train to become a process technician in the refining, petrochemical, power generation, oil and gas production, food, metals, minerals, and other process industries. You will gain technical knowledge and skills in areas such as operating equipment, instrumentation systems, process systems, process troubleshooting and computer applications.

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Career Opportunities

The Process Technology program at ACC will prepare you to become process technicians in the refining, petrochemical, power generation, oil and gas production, food, metals, minerals and other process industries. Process Technicians are in great demand in the Gulf Coast region, across the U.S. and in many other countries. Texas ranks second in the nation for the employment of Process Technicians. The average salary for process operators in the Gulf Coast region is over $68K per year with excellent benefits.

Alvin Community College graduates have close to a 100% job placement rate and many students are hired before graduation.

For more information on career opportunities in Process Technology, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

The Study of Process Technology involves learning how industrial process work. You will learn about process equipment such as pumps, compressors, reactors and distillation columns. Technical knowledge and skills are gained in areas such as operating equipment, controlling instrumentation systems, monitoring process systems and troubleshooting those systems. These courses prepare students for entry-level employment as process technicians in the processing industries.

The Process Technology Department works very closely with its industry partners which includes numerous major petro-chemical companies in the area. Members of those companies serve as advisors on the ACC Advisory committee and participate in several Process Technology programs which includes Project Interview and High School Forum.

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PROCESS TECHNOLOGY
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL) CREDITS

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

PTAC 1302 - Introduction to Process Technology

3

PTAC 1308 - Safety, Health & Environment

3

TECM 1303 - Technical Calculations

3
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

+CTEC 1401 - Applied Petrochemical Technology (Physics)

4

+MATH 1332 - Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) or
c+MATH 1314 –College Algebra

3

PTAC 1310 - Process Technology I (Equipment)

3

PTAC 1332 - Process Instrumentation I

3
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER) 

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

3

PTAC 2314 - Quality, Statistical Process Control & Economics

3

PPTAC 2420 - Process Technology II (Systems)

4

SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

PTAC 2436 - Process Instrumentation II

4

*PTAC 2438 - Process Technology III (Operations)

4

PTAC 2446 - Process Troubleshooting

4

SCIT 1414 - Applied General Chemistry or
cCHEM 1411 - General Chemistry I

4
 SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

PTAC 1354 - Industrial Processes or
**CTEC 2380 - Cooperative Ed - Process Technology

3

+Select from Social & Behavioral Sciences Core Curriculum

3

+SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking or
+SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communications

3
PROCESS TECHNOLOGY - (A.A.S.) DEGREE - CREDIT HOURS  60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
**Requires Department Chair Approval
*Capstone Course
cConsult with Advisor – Students desiring to obtain a baccalaureate degree should take suggested course(s) 

PROCESS TECHNOLOGY
CERTIFICATE 

35 credit hours
 
FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

PTAC 1302 - Introduction to Process Technology

3

PTAT 1308 - Safety, Health & Environment

3
SECOND SEMESTER

CTEC 1401 - Applied Petrochemical Technology (Physics)

4

PTAC 1310 - Process Technology I (Equipment)

3

PTAC 1332 - Process Instrumentation I

3

THIRD SEMESTER

PTAC 2420 - Process Technology II (Systems)

4

PTAC 2314 - Quality, Statistical Process Control & Economics

3

SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER

*PTAC 2438 - Process Technology III (Operations)

4

PPTAC 2446 - Process Troubleshooting

4

SCIT 1414 - Applied General Chemistry

4
PROCESS TECHNOLOGY - CERTIFICATE
CREDIT HOURS
 35

*Capstone Course 

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Approximate yearly costs for the A.A.S. Degree programs are $4,200 for in-district students and $6,600 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies will vary.

Approximate yearly costs for the Certificate program are $2,600 for in-district students and $4,200 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies will vary.  

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS

Process Technology is part of our Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Career Pathway. Click the box below to see other programs that may interest you.