Process Technology

Overview of PTEC courses

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Career Skills

Learn about working in an industrial technology environment and build skills to:

  • Interact with others
  • Be Self-motivated
  • Work with a Team
  • Balance shift work with your personal life
  • Improve your Confidence
  • Project a positive and safe self image


Contextualized Math

A math class that focuses on the practical math an operating technician is expected to use on the job.

  • Comparing tank weight changes during chemical transfers
  • Monitoring the performance of heat exchangers to determine when fouling occurs and cleaning is needed
  • Adjusting proportions in recipes
  • Tracking performance of pumps and valves to detect wear.

The class covers how to use algebra and other industrial mathematics on the job


PTEC Introduction

As the starting point for a PTEC certificate, the class provides an overview of local industries employing PTEC graduates, including

  • Petrochemical
  • Electric Power
  • Drinking and Sanitary water facilities
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech
  • Advanced Manufacturing

After completing this course, students obtain a good sense of their career options.


Health, Safety and the Environment

As you will quickly learn, Safety is a bedrock concept in the process technology industries.   Technicians need to be aware of process safety concept, environmental regulations, and general health precautions.   This class will prepare you to be a safe and productive worker.


Process Instrumentation

Advanced manufacturing facilities have hundreds or thousands of different instruments to measure everything from temperature, to pressure, to level and weight – and more.   In this class, students learn how different instruments work, where they can be used safely, and how to properly care and maintain them.


Applied Instrument Analysis

Students learn how to safely collect samples, and analyze them in a laboratory.   Students will analyze actual sample for properties such as pH [Acidity or alkalinity], density, color, electrical conductivity and many others.   Students also learn how to use and properly care for delicate analytical instruments



Students learn how important equipment works in petrochemical and advanced manufacturing plants work.     Examples include:

  • Pumps, valves and piping systems
  • Heat exchangers, furnaces, cooling towers
  • Steam Boilers and Electric Generators
  • Electric Motors
  • Tanks, Vessels and Columns
  • Environmental and Pollution control equipment



This class shows how equipment, covered in PTEC-25, is put together systems such as

  • Water purification
  • Chemical Reactor Systems
  • Distillation Towers
  • Steam and Electrical Distribution

And many others



Students sit in the operators’ chair and operate (simulations of) complex systems, much like an airplane pilot using a flight simulator.   Students are well prepared to change temperature, pressure and level setpoints, start and stop pumps, and open and close valves – all from a computer terminal – just like they will do on the job!



Running a chemical plant is more complicated than pushing a green START button.   Students learn how to safely start a process, and keep it running safely and efficiently. This includes recording notes in a log book, working with instrument technicians, mechanics and others to conduct maintenance and repairs.



Technicians learn how to solve common industrial problems such as:

  • Rotating equipment making noises
  • Instrument readings not making sense
  • Determining why a product is not on specification

Safe efficient troubleshooting can prevent small problems from growing into bigger problems.


Career Preparation

It’s time to shift the focus to starting your career; we’ll provide help with

  • Resume
  • Applications
  • Pre-employment testing
  • Practice Interviews
  • Interview Tips

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