Process Technology Associate in Applied Science (Associate in Applied Science, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science

Program Description


Prepares students for a career in process technology. A process technician/operator is a key member of a team of people responsible for planning, analyzing, and controlling the production of products from the acquisition of raw materials through the production and distribution of products to customers in a variety of process industries. These industries include, but are not limited to, chemical, food and beverage, oil exploration and production, pharmaceuticals, power generation, pulp and paper, refining and waste water treatment. This program assists students in developing skills necessary for being an effective technician/operator, such as working effectively in a team-based environment, strong oral and written communication, maintaining a safe work environment, controlling, monitoring and troubleshooting equipment, analyzing, evaluating and communicating about data, and training others.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of Process Industry-based manufacturing systems with a focus on process technology operations using a systems perspective and process safety management.
  2. Demonstrate standard principles and practices of the commonly utilized equipment in the Process Industry. This includes their purpose, component types, operation, and the Process Technician’s role in terms of operating and troubleshooting.
  3. Identify and describe process equipment related to basic systems, describe the purpose and function of specific process systems, explain how factors affecting process systems are controlled under normal conditions, and recognize abnormal process conditions.
  4. Identify and apply the common terms and symbols used in algebra as they relate to the Process Industry and solve practical application problems requiring the use of industrial formulas and equations.
  5. Define and apply the concepts of mass, force, motion, work, energy, and power and identify their practical applications in the workplace, identify the practical applications of reactions involving oxidation and reduction, and have a working knowledge of the chemistry of the environment, including air pollution, the chemistry of trace metals, hazardous waste in the ground and water, and radioactive wastes as they relate to the Process Industry.
  6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the basic refinery and process plant operations, basic operating and maintenance procedures, basic equipment, systems, and instrumentation found in the process technology environment.
  7. Demonstrate standard principles and practices associated with the fundamental principles and laws governing general chemistry, recognize the symbols of elements and differentiate between elements, compounds and mixtures; demonstrate proficiency in using the periodic table as a tool to make predictions; recognizing patterns and locating information about atoms, and apply principles of safety rules and demonstrate knowledge of the use of common laboratory and safety equipment.
  8. Demonstrate standard principles and practices associated with the fundamental principles and laws governing general physics and the concepts of mass, force, motion, energy, work, and power; be able to identify their practical applications in the workplace; and be able to apply the concepts of mass, force, motion, energy, work, and power to the six basic machines.
  9. Describe the history of the Quality Movement in the United States and in the Process Industry today. Describe the impact of Quality on an organization’s economic performance. Understand the essential elements, function and tools of effective team membership. Use continuous improvement methods to optimize processes and implement problem solving and decision making techniques.
  10. Describe and demonstrate a basic level of proficiency with the manipulation of the commonly used devices and equipment associated with instrumentation: pressure, pressure instruments, temperature and temperature instruments, level and level instruments, flow and flow measurement instruments, and analytical instruments. Be able to describe the major process variables controlled in the Process Industry.
  11. Apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related principles, tools, and applications to process industry-based manufacturing.
  12. Apply the foundations and principles of Process Industry-based manufacturing to new and renewable (green) forms of energy, i.e. bio-diesel and wind-farm operations.
Career Opportunities
  • Job Forecast Data:
    • Process technicians/operators will be in demand more than ever in the coming years. A shortage of process technicians/operators currently exists within the chemical, oil and gas exploration and production and power generation industries.
  • Chemical Sector:
    • The chemical process industry represents a large diversity of industries:
    • Plastics Materials and Synthetics
    • Cleaning Preparations
    • Industrial Organic Chemicals
    • Industrial Inorganic Chemicals
    • Miscellaneous Chemicals
    • Paints and Allied Products
    • Agricultural Chemicals
    • Drug Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas Production Sector:
    • Qualified process technicians will be needed to meet demands for projects in production. For example, BP, the second largest oil company in the world, estimates that an additional 200 people will be needed (based on 2002 projections) to staff new deep-water projects in the Gulf of Mexico.

General Education

Category 7
Complete any one.
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Program Requirements


Complete additional 100-level, or higher, credits to complete this degree.

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2017 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.