Process Technology - Basic Certificate of Achievement (Certificate of Achievement, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement

Program Description


Prepares successful students to understand, operate, shut down, analyze, and troubleshoot industrial processes in fields such as: refining, petrochemical, power generation, oil and gas production, food, metals, minerals and others. Covers process technology and process instrumentation, and includes courses in industrial safety awareness and basic math principles for industrial applications. Course work also offers individuals the opportunity to gain technical knowledge and skills in areas such as operating equipment, instrumentation and process systems, troubleshooting, and computer applications. The courses taken in this certificate program can be applied to the Process Technology – Advanced Certificate and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

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. 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.
  6. 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.

Program Requirements

Required Support Courses
Course name Credit Hours
ENG-131: Introduction to College Writing 3.00
Credit Hours: 3
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.