This degree program is designed to train refinery operators, chemical operators, and process technicians for urgently-needed high-paying local industry jobs.

These operators control and monitor the systems that run industrial plants. Operators gather information using instrumentation and lab equipment to maintain safe work areas and keep plants in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Operators work both indoors and outdoors alongside engineers, chemists and other professionals. Operators use knowledge of computers, math, physics and chemistry to keep industrial plants running safely and efficiently.


Technical Certificate

Technical Certificate

PTEC 1113 Introduction to Process Technology 3
PTEC 1123 Safety, Health and the Environment 3
PTEC 1133 Process Instrumentation 3
CHEM 1004/L Fundamentals of Chemistry/Lab or
CHEM 1024/L Chemistry I for Science/Lab * 4
MATH 1023 College Algebra* or
TECH 1003 Technical Mathematics 3
Semester Total 16
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing** 3
PTEC 1244 Process Technology I – Equipment 4
PTEC 1253 Principles of Quality 3
PHYS 2024/L Physical Science/Lab 4
Semester Total 17

Associates of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science

ENGL 1123 Composition II or 
ENGL 2043 Technical Writing for Industry*
PTEC 2364 Process Technology II – Systems 4
Elective Social Science/Economics Elective 3
Elective PTEC/IDEQ/WLD Restricted Elective or Internship*** 3/4
Semester Total


PTEC 2474 Process Technology III – Unit Operations 4
PTEC 2484 Process Trouble Shooting 4
PTEC 2333 Process Instrumentation II 3
Elective PTEC/IDEQ/WLD Restricted Elective or Internship*** 4-Mar
Semester Total 14/15
Total Program Hours 60/62

* College Algebra, Chemistry I for Science, and Composition II are strongly recommended for those planning to continue their education at a four-year college. Tech Math, Fundamentals of Chemistry, and Technical Writing are suggested for those going directly into the workforce, with no plan for pursuing additional degrees. 

**Higher level CSCI courses may be substituted with Dean’s approval

***Electives include up to two industry internships and all 3 or 4 hour IDEQ or WLD courses

Basic Studies Requirements:  
Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 80 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II.
Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.
Math - ACT 15 or above (or) ASSET Numerical Skills 39 or above (or) COMPASS 36 or above (or) complete BSTD 0413 Elementary Algebra.