Process Technology

Frequently Asked Questions


Program and Academics Questions


Employment Questions

  • What are the job opportunities?


    A degree or certificate in process technology can be used in a variety of fields, including petrochemical refining, chemical plant operations, food processing, pulp and paper, power generation, pharmaceuticals, bio-manufacturing, water and waste water treatment, brewing and distilling processes, offshore work and many more.

  • Do local companies require an associate degree?

    Most of the local industry do not yet require an associate degree but are moving in that direction.  An associate degree is required in states like Texas, Louisiana, Alaska, etc.

  • Can I work in the plants while I go to school?

    Some (a few) companies allow you to work in an entry-level job while attending school.

  • How often do the plants hire students early?
     The plants seldom hire early; most prefer previous experience or the process technology certificate or associate degree.
  • What is the job placement rate?
     According to college surveys, LMC PTEC has a placement rate between 50 and 70 percent. 
  • Will you help me to get a job?
     The Process Technology Program is in close contact with many industries. While we do not guarantee a job, we will assist with placement through job postings and emails. We have also recently included a new course in our curriculum (PTEC-060) that focuses on resume building, interview skills and job application. 
  • What is the starting pay? What do operators make?
     Local industries start new operators out at about $60,000 per year, which is about $30 per hour, plus overtime. A typical operator working a moderate amount of overtime can easily make $75,000 per year.
  • What does an operator do?
     Job responsibilities include: starting, operating, and stopping complex equipment systems; collecting, organizing and analyzing data; troubleshooting; maintaining safety and quality systems; working in self-directed teams with engineers, chemists, and maintenance technicians.
  • Will this program help me to work at the plants?

    Alumni at workYes, our local plants prefer to hire operators with three to five years’ experience or with the process technology associate degree or certificate of completion.


  • Are women allowed to do this kind of work?
     Yes, women make very good process technicians and are considered to be in very high demand.
  • What kind of conditions should I expect to work in?
     Chemical plants and refineries operate around the clock. Much of an operator’s work is outdoors, so the weather can be cold and wet in the winter to very hot in the summer.
  • Do I have to climb up on those towers?
     The work that is going on in the chemical plant or refinery dictates what must be done. Climbing large towers can be a requirement of employment.
  • I graduated from another PTEC program. Can I put a resume on file with you?
     Our priority is to the students who have completed the LMC Process Technology Program. We cannot accept resumes from students at other colleges.