Process Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Credits Required: 66/67 (2017-2018 Academic Year)


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Process Technology is a two-year program leading to an associate’s degree in applied science. The program provides the student a broad-based education in math, science, computer literacy, process technology, soft skills (reliability, leadership, communication, and conflict resolution), and training in mechanical aptitude development for a career as a process technician or operator.

Program Outcomes

Graduates will be able to


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of process plant operations.  
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of team work dynamics in culturally diverse groups.
  3. Clearly define objectives, discuss and arrive at a consensus on method and materials, divide tasks amongst team members, and successfully achieve objectives.
  4. Clearly assess task objectives relevant to the process industry, successfully conduct experiments in process technology, collect data, perform calculations, and interpret results with a conclusion or find causes of failure and troubleshoot solutions.

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 16 Credits

COMM 110Interpersonal Communication 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
PTEC 100Introduction to Process Technology 3.00
PTEC 102Safety Health & Environment 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 18 credits

CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry 4.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
PTEC 104Process Technology Equipment 4.00
PTEC 106Instrumentation I 4.00
WRIT 103Writing For Business/Tech 3.00

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 15 Credits

CHEM 105Principles of Biological Chemistry 3.00
CHEM 107Laboratory Techniques 1.00
PHYS 105Physical Science 4.00
PTEC 200Systems 4.00
PTEC 206Instrumentation II 4.00

Fourth Semester - 17 credits

PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy 3.00
PHIL 110Introduction to Ethics 3.00
PTEC 202Principles of Quality 3.00
PTEC 204Troubleshooting 4.00
PTEC 208Process Technology Operations 4.00
SOCI 231Cultural Diversity in American Soci 3.00
SOCI 101Principles of Sociology 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00

Course Descriptions

COMM 110 - Interpersonal Communication

Provides an introduction to the communication process that occurs between people. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, maintain, and evaluate dyadic relationships through language, perception, self-disclosure, listening, verbal and nonverbal communication. Emphasis will be placed on building effective and ethical interpersonal relations in an intercultural context utilizing various media. 3-0-3

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

PTEC 100 - Introduction to Process Technology

This course is an overview of the equipment and operations in a variety of process industries. It introduces students to equipment, instrumentation, safety, quality, applications of chemistry and physics, and the roles of a process technician. 3-0-3

PTEC 102 - Safety Health & Environment

Safety, Health and Environment is an overview of the health and safety hazards that a technician may encounter in the work environment and methods used to mitigate or eliminate such a risk. The course also covers the regulations and standards that govern work-place safety and environmental hazards. Basic concepts of environmental sustainablility are also introduced. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: PTEC100

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

CHEM 106 - Principles of Chemistry

This course examines the structure and reactivity of matter. Topics of studiy will include measurements, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and the phases of matter. This course is intended for students who are majoring in a non-science discipline. 3-2-4

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3

PTEC 104 - Process Technology Equipment

This course is an introduction to the typical equipment used in the chemical process industry. It introduces terminology, an overview of the structural components and functions, and operation of equipment and vessels in the process industry. This course also introduces the process technician to his or her role in safe operation and maintenance of equipment. 3-2-4 Pre-requisite: PTEC100

PTEC 106 - Instrumentation I

This course is an introduction to the main instruments of measurement and control used in the process industry. The course describes typical process variables and the instruments used to sense, measure, transmit and control these variables. This course also discusses the concept of control loops and the fundamentals of control loops such as controllers, regulators and final control elements. This course also provides the student with an introduction to instrumentation diagrams and basics of troubleshooting instrumentation. 3-2-4 Pre-requisite: PTEC100

WRIT 103 - Writing For Business/Tech

Designed to train the student in effective writing, this course aims to increase the student’s ability to write with unity, coherence, and logic. It provides additional study and practice in writing letters, proposals, manuals, and reports of a business or technical nature as well as in professional and contemporary research methods. Prerequisite: WRIT101 3-0-3

CHEM 105 - Principles of Biological Chemistry

This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3

CHEM 107 - Laboratory Techniques

This laboratory course option is a requirement for students in the Process Technology program and it is intended to provide scientific techniques and hands-on skills in safely conducting basic chemical laboratory operations. 0-2-1 Co-requisite CHEM106

PHYS 105 - Physical Science

This is an introductory course in Physical Science emphasizing the Physics and Astronomy aspects of a Physical Science curriculum. Students will be introduced to basic concepts that will give them a grasp of the fundamental quantities used in building models of physical reality. 3-2-4

PTEC 200 - Systems

This course introduces students to the concepts of the inter-relation between the types of equipment that are assembled to operate within a process system. The course covers the concepts underlying process systems; the purpose and the function of selected process systems; and concepts of mass and energy balance. 3-2-4 Prerequisites: PTEC104 and PTEC106

PTEC 206 - Instrumentation II

This course builds upon the concepts of measurement and controls covered in Instrumentation I and gives the student an introduction to switches, relays, annunciator systems and elements of signal conversion and transmission. The course also provides an overview of controllers and control schemes such as digital control, programmable logic control and distributed control systems. The concepts covered in this course provide the student with the basics of troubleshooting process control systems. 3-2-4 Prerequisites: PTEC100 and PTEC106

PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

This is a survey course designed to encourage the student to rediscover philosophical issues of historical importance and to develop philosophical techniques. 3-0-3

PHIL 110 - Introduction to Ethics

This course provides an introduction to problems of moral philosophy. First we examine the problems intrinsic to making judgments which include value claims (as opposed to facts). Second, we examine the historical solutions to these problems and the ethical theories that they give rise to. Finally, we seek to apply these abstract ethical theories to a variety of particular contemporary moral issues. 3-0-3

PTEC 202 - Principles of Quality

This course introduces the student to the typical concepts of quality underlying the operation of a process industry. The topics include fundamentals of operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, sampling and statistical process control (SPC). The course also explores some of the more advanced concepts in process industry such as root-cause analysis, six-sigma and Lean. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: PTEC100

PTEC 204 - Troubleshooting

This course introduces students to the concepts of identifying and finding solutions for process operating problems. The course also introduces students to the process technician's role in data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships and reasoning. 3-2-4 Prerequisites: PTEC200 and PTEC206

PTEC 208 - Process Technology Operations

This is the capstone course of the PTEC program and introduces the student to typical operations in a process industry. This course builds on the student's knowledge of equipment, systems, instrumentation, health, environment and safety, to understand the operation of an entire section of a process plant. The course covers concepts underlying commissioning, normal startup, normal operations, normal shutdown, turnarounds and abnormal situations. Students are given an insight into the process technician's role in an operating unit. 3-2-4 Prerequisites: PTEC200 and PTEC206

SOCI 231 - Cultural Diversity in American Soci

As reflected in the cultural diversity of the American society, this course examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender/gender roles, social class and sexuality in America from a sociological perspective within both the historical and contemporary context. This course also provides students with the opportunity to engage in a process of systematic self-examination so as to identify both their personal belief system on these topics as well as to explore their impact on the student's sense of identity. 3-0-3

SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology

This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3