Associate in Applied Science Degree
Credits Required: 66/67 (2016-2017 Academic Year)
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.
Graduates will be able to
- Demonstrate knowledge of process plant operations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of team work dynamics in culturally diverse groups.
- Clearly define objectives, discuss and arrive at a consensus on method and materials, divide tasks amongst team members, and successfully achieve objectives.
- 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 - 15/16 Credits
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
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
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
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. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.
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
Second Semester - 18 credits
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
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. 3-0-3
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
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
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
Curriculum - 2nd Year
Third Semester - 15 Credits
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
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 CHEM100.
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
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
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
Fourth Semester - 17 credits
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
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
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
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
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
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
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