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Process Technology

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Process Technology. This program will prepare you for a position as a process technician or operator for local employers in power generation, refining, manufacturing, and many other industries. Currently, our primary employers are the four refineries in Whatcom and Skagit counties. You’ll learn how to monitor and control processing equipment, troubleshoot and solve equipment problems, test product quality, and implement safety standards and procedures. The Process Technology program provides the technical and academic knowledge you need, along with valuable communication and interpersonal skills that employers want.

Program Facts

95% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $53,577

Wage potential $62,691 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Future retirement data indicates that over the next 10 years there will be a great need for trained process operators in the industry, both locally and nationally.

About 95% of BTC Process Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $53,577, with an earning potential of about $62,691 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Process technicians may find career opportunities in a variety of industries including: chemical, petrochemical, refining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, power generation, utilities, food and beverage, and water treatment.

In many instances, process operators will interface with other technical personnel, such as maintenance electricians, instrument technicians, chemical laboratory technicians, plant engineers, industrial trainers and managers.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/24T 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 13
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pNEWTON DOpenings: 5
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 3
    1/7-3/26Online VANLEUVEN NWaitlisted: 2
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pNEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 15
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pBILLS MOpenings: 15
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • PTEC 101Introduction to Process Technology5 credits

    In this course students will study various aspects of the Process Industry, including its history; roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the Process Technician; team dynamics; basic physics and chemistry; safety, and quality management. In addition, the course will cover basic components of the Process Industry environment, such as piping and valves; tanks, drums, and vessels; pumps and compressors; steam turbines; electricity and motors; heat exchangers; cooling towers and fans; furnaces and boilers; distillation columns; process control instrumentation; process utilities and auxiliary systems; and process print reading.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or AMATH 111 (can be a corequisite with PTEC 101.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aHILL POpenings: 7
    4/7-6/23TTh 8:00a-10:50aSTAFFOpenings: 15
  • PTEC 102Process Technology I (Equipment)5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the equipment and tools used in the process industry, including piping, tubing, hoses and fittings; valves; pumps; compressors; turbines; motors and engines; power transmission and lubrication; heat exchangers; cooling towers; furnaces and boilers; filters and dryers; vessels; and process diagrams. Students will be introduced to many process related equipment concepts, such as purpose, components, operation, and the Process Technician’s role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment. Prerequisite: PTEC 101or as a co-requisite.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 or as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:50pGRUBB ROpenings: 5
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:50pGRUBB ROpenings: 15
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 12
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 12
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 19
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 16
    1/7-2/11W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 103Safety, Health & Equipment I5 credits

    In this course, students will study industrial hazards types, including physical, chemical, ergonomic, and biological. Within these four general types, specific agents, causative factors, and effects will be identified along with controls, alarms, and detection systems. The course will focus on hazardous chemicals found in the process industry.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online HILL POpenings: 11
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 105Process Technology II (Systems)5 credits

    In this course, students will study the interrelation of process equipment and process systems. Specifically, students will be able to arrange process equipment into 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. In addition, students are introduced to the concept of system and plant economics. Prerequisite: PTEC 102.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101, PTEC 102.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MW 8:00a-10:50aHILL POpenings: 13
    4/8-6/22MW 8:00a-10:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    For programs requiring strong backgrounds in chemistry. Atomic theory, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding theories, and molecular geometry. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pALMAN AOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/23MW 9:00a-10:45aALMAN AOpenings: 3
     F 9:00a-11:00aSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MW 3:00p-4:45pALMAN AOpenings: 10
     F 3:00p-5:00pSTAFF
    4/10-6/22MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23Online VANLEUVEN NOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 110Process Instrumentation5 credits

    In this course, students will study process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit, and control these variables. The course also introduces students to control loops and the elements that are found in different types of loops, such as controllers, regulators, and final control elements. The course concludes with a study of instrumentation drawings and diagrams along with a unit on troubleshooting instrumentation. Prerequisite: PTEC 105.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 103, PTEC 105.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aGRUBB ROpenings: 15
  • Program Elective (PTEC 190 series)3 credits

  • Quarter 4
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 credits

    Atomic periodicity, chemical bonding theories, solid and liquid states and solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 161 with C grade.
  • PTEC 203Safety, Health & Environment II5 credits

    Continued instruction in the application of concepts presented in Safety, Health, & Environment I with an emphasis on emergency response concepts. The student will demonstrate appropriate response to emergency situation; recognize hazardous situations for personnel, environment, and the community; and apply team skills in response to emergency situations. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 211Process Instrumentation II and Troubleshooting5 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to controllers, control schemes, and advanced control shcemes will be covered at a level appropriate for the process technician. The student will learn about different types of Process Technology troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collections and analysis; cause-effect relationships; and reasoning. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • MATH& 142Precalculus II5 credits

    The majority of this course will cover trigonometry. Students will explore trigonometry functions, right and oblique triangle trigonometry, graphing, trigonometry identifies, laws of Sine and Cosine as well as trigonometric application problems. This course will also cover vectors in the plane and in space, along with parametric equations. Polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations will also be included. Prerequisite: MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 9
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Quarter 5
  • PTEC 205Dynamic Process Control5 credits

    Course will provide the student with a basic understanding of electronic process control systems typically utilized in the petroleum, petrochemical, power generation, and pulp & paper industries. Course will further provide the student with specific knowledge regarding the operation of typical hydrocarbon distillation systems and fired furnaces. Multiple dynamic process simulators operating in a PC Lab environment will be utilized as the foundational elements of the course learning activities. Computer simulations of fired heaters and distillation systems will be operated in normal, off-normal, emergency, start-up and shutdown modes. The course will be conducted as a “hands on” operating experience using both small-group and individual simulation activities, assignments and scenarios. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110

    Future Offerings
    1/12-3/23M 8:00a-11:00aGRUBB RWaitlisted: 0
     M12:00p-3:00pGRUBB R
    1/7-3/25W 8:00a-11:00aGRUBB ROpenings: 15
     W12:00p-3:00pGRUBB R
  • PTEC 212Industrial Processes & Equipment5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the typical process systems employed in process technology companies such as: petroleum refining, wastewater treatment, food processing, pulp and paper processing, and power generation. Special emphasis will be placed upon systems that are utilized by local area process technology companies. Lab assignments and activities will be conducted to illustrate and simulate typical industrial processes. The student will understand construction, theory of operation, and typical uses of process industry equipment. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 270Process Technology Project I5 credits

    This is a culminating project assignment for an individual or a group of students. The instructor may assign a specific topic for the project or work with a local industry/plant to define a particular project topic from a real-life situation. The student or the group of

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101, PTEC 103

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20F12:00p-3:00pGRUBB ROpenings: 18
    4/7-6/22ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 24
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 credits

    Kinematics and dynamics of particles; work and energy; gravitation; collisions and conservation of momentum.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a grade of C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH& 151 with a C grade or better.
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 credits

    Study of functions, limits, continuity,limits at infinity, differentiation of algebraic,exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a C grade.
  • Quarter 6
  • PTEC 207Quality Control5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of, or introduction to, the field of quality control within the process industry. In this course, students will be introduced to many process industry-related quality concepts, including operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, team skills, and statistical process control (SPC). This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    ECON 103, PTEC 107, PTEC 110.

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F 8:00a-10:50aSTAFFOpenings: 50
  • PTEC 215Process Technology III (Operations)5 credits

    Provides an overview of the field of operations within the process industry. Students will use existing knowledge of equipment, system, and instrumentation to understand the operation of an entire unit. Students study concepts related to commissioning, normal startup, normal operations, normal shutdown, turnarounds, and abnormal situations as well as the Process Technician’s role in performing the tasks associated with these concepts within an operating unit. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110.

    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-3:00pGRUBB ROpenings: 22
    4/8-6/18W 8:00a-3:00pGRUBB ROpenings: 24
  • PTEC 272Process Technology Project II5 credits

    This may be a continuation of PTAC 270 or a separate assignment. For the degree student, this is a culminating project for an individual or group. The instructor may assign a topic for the project or work with a local industry to define a project topic from a real-life situation. The student or group of students will define the problem, resources needed, postulate the hypothesis/solution, research the problem and possible solutions, visit the plant, interview /consult with instructor/engineers/technicians and other resources, and develop a solution. The student or group will then write a technical report outlining the complete process from defining the problem, methodology applied and conclusion. This may also require building a piece of equipment, writing a software program, or writing safety or operational procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 22
    4/7-6/22ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 24
  • Electives
  • Program Electives

  • PTEC 190Food Processing3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing foods. These will include the operations of heating, drying, reacting, mixing, separating,and granulating. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to food processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101.
  • PTEC 191Non-Refining Processes3 credits

    In this course, students will study "Soft Skills" such as time management, feedback, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Topics on making the change form worker to first time supervisor and leadership techniques. The student will have an opportunity to apply mentoring and leadership techniques while improving personal effectiveness.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 192Pulp & Paper Processing3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing pulp and paper. These will include the operations of feedstock preparation, digestion, bleaching, drying, reacting, mixing, separating, and pressing. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to pulp and paper processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 193Upstream Process3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for locating and producing oil. In addition, the geology of the formation of oil deposits will be covered as well as an overview of the regulations for oil exploration. The mehods and operations include exploration, drilling, completion of the well. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to upstream processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/24T12:00p-3:00pPOTTER BOpenings: 1
  • PTEC 194Wastewater Treatment3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for wastewater treatment. These will include the steps of preliminary, primary, secondary and tertiary treatment which involve the operations of sedimentation, biological and chemical reacting, thickening, drying, filtration, mixing, and disinfection.The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to pulp and paper processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, MATH 100.
  • PTEC 195Biodiesel Fundamentals3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing biodiesel. These will include the operations of feedstock preparation, reaction, mixing, separating, and washing. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations. Quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also prepare biodiesel in the laboratory and in a pilot plant. A project related to biodiesel production will also be required. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line with access to the laboratory and pilot plant. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101.
  • PTEC 196Green Energy3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing green energy. These will include the production of renewable energy by wind, solar, hydroelectric, wave, and biofuels. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations; quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to green energy. This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101.
  • PTEC 197Cooperative Education3 credits

    In this course, students will be given credit for courses or portions of courses taken at other educational institutions. Examples of these include trips to other PTEC schools to operate special pieces of equipment or learn specialized topics. Students will be required to perform the required portion of coursework and to prepare a written and oral report. Prerequisite: PTEC 103, PTEC 105; open to currently enrolled PTEC students with instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 103; PTEC 105 - open to currently enrolled PTEC students with instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 10
  • PTEC 198Basic Mechanical Skills3 credits

    In this course, students will learn and practice the use of basic hand tool and power tool to disassemble various pieces of industrial equipment, to include valve maintenance an value repacking. Reading and interpreting manufacturers technical manuals and equipment drawings. Student will disassemble, inspect pipe flanges, install blinds, make up piping flanges and connections in accordance with applicable documentation. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 199Power Generation3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to multiple types of power generation such as Boilers, Co-Generation, Wind and Hydro Power. This will include the operations of boilers, steam turbines, gas turbines, wind and hydro turbines. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will visit a power generation site and discuss with operators the unique industry requirements and job outlook. A project related to power generation will also be required.This course may be either live, a hybrid, or online with access to the laboratory and pilot plant. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 290Process Technology Practicum/Internship I5 credits

    This elective course provides work experience in a Process Technology related environment so that students may expand their technical knowledge and skills. Specific performance skills and customized objectives will be developed for each student. Clock hours are variable and may be repeated for clock hour credit. Prerequisite: PTEC 101.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101, PTEC 103

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ARRHILL POpenings: 22
    4/7-6/23ARRSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 291Process Technology Practicum/Internship II5 credits

    This elective course provides work experience in a Process Technology related environment so that students may expand their technical knowledge and skills. Specific performance skills and customized objectives will be developed for each student. Clock hours are available and may be repeated for clock hour credit. Prerequisite: PTEC 101.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101, PTEC 103

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ARRHILL POpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23ARRSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • General Electives

  • ADTEC 126Basic Electricity5 credits

    This course presents the fundamentals of controls, motors, electrical theory and applications. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures. Lectures and textbook are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects.

  • ADTEC 200Anaerobic Digestion Essentials4 credits

    This is a lecture and laboratory-based course, covering the basics of anaerobic digestion, its operation and maintenance, and its relationship to farm operations, energy production, and regulatory oversight. Emphasis is placed on application of general anaerobic digestion principles to the commercial farm setting and understanding as well as experiencing what is required of technicians during routine, scheduled Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on such farm-based digester systems.

  • ADTEC 237Cooling Towers/Water Treatment1 credits

    This course presents a study of cooling towers and the treatment of the water used.

  • ADTEC 245Commercial/Industrial Boilers2 credits

    This course presents commercial and industrial boilers and combustion controls, advanced flame safeguards, safety, code compliance and efficiency testing of gas and oil fired systems.

  • CAP 138MS WORD5 credits

    Students receive hands-on instruction using the commands and features of MS Word to create simple to complex business documents. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, CAP 106.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 2
    4/8-6/22MWF12:00p-1:25pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 142 MS Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, MS Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required. Prerequisites: BUS100 or BUS150 or MATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS 100 or BUS150 or AMATH 100 or MATH& 107 or higher; CAP101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 12
    4/7-6/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 146MS Access5 credits

    Table design, relationships, filters, queries, forms and reports will be introduced. Students will apply skills to database projects. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 1
  • CAP 148MS PowerPoint5 credits

    Presents an overview of a presentation graphics program. Students will create and present a slide show projected from their computer. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required. Prerequisites: CAP 105 , and CAP 112

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 6
    4/7-6/18TTh11:30a-1:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    1/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYWaitlisted: 0
    2/21Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYWaitlisted: 0
    3/14Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYWaitlisted: 1
  • ENGT 122AutoCAD I: BASICS5 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-9:00pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    1/31Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 13
    3/7Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 11
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMWaitlisted: 1
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 3
    3/6F 1:00p-4:00pKING JOpenings: 3
  • INST 200Introduction to Instrumentation2 credits

    This course introduces you to the trade, terminology, and basic principles of instrumentation. It is a preparatory course for any one of three sections within the second year of Instrumentation: measurement, control, and systems, enabling you to begin your second year of Instrumentation at the start of Fall, Winter, or Spring quarter. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: MATH& 141 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    or Corequisite MATH& 141 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/13DAILY 8:00a-3:00pKUPHALDT TOpenings: 8
    4/7-4/13DAILY 8:00a-3:00pKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
  • SOC& 101 *Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online POLLARD DWaitlisted: 1
    4/7-6/23Online POLLARD DOpenings: 24
  • WELD 101Introduction to Welding2 credits

    This is a great class for anyone who would like to try welding for the first time. The instructor will lead you through the steps to begin welding safely and successfully. After experiencing welding first-hand, students may choose to enroll in Creative Welding or Industrial Welding classes that will start later in the month. Students should wear appropriate work clothes and leather shoes or boots, no synthetic fabrics allowed. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but students may bring their own welding helmet, goggles, and gloves if desired.


    Future Offerings
    1/10Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 10
  • WELD 173Basic Welding (Welding I & II)2 credits

    This course covers basic Industrial Welding techniques and safety. From beginning competencies in SMAW and Oxy/Fuel cutting, through GMAW and Plasma cutting processes. Basic fabricating principles will cover lap, fillet, and butt weld joint set-up.


    Future Offerings
    1/12-3/23M 6:00p-9:00pPHILLIBER BOpenings: 13
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS106 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program has rolling admission.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • CAP 101 or passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Appraise the typical hazards found in process plants, basic PPE, and know the requirements of regulating bodies regarding safety, health, and environmental issues (OSHA, DOT, EPA).
  • Combine mathematics, chemistry physics theory to apply to process applications such as fluid flow, the nature of heat, chemical reaction, boing points, vapor pressure and electrical currents.
  • Recognize typical organizational structures, economics, and quality control systems of the process industry.
  • Apprise fundamentals of refining and power generation processes; know core functions and principles of operation of typical process equipment such as pumps, compressors, filters and dryers, lubrication systems, valves, piping systems, and draw from memory Process Flow Diagrams.
  • Integrate the principles of process automatic control and Data Control Systems (DSC) to manage simulated DCS scenarios.
  • Graduates will have the ability to compare actual process plant experience versus preconceived notions.

Ronald Grubb - Instructor image

Ronald Grubb

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Administrative Management Studies, Excelsior College, Albany NY

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8584
rgrubb@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 106


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Paul Hill

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Business Management, University of South Florida

Certificate, TAFE Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Australian Vocational Education Development Center

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8391
phill@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 103


Associate of Applied Science Degree

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Process Technology. This program will prepare you for a position as a process technician or operator for local employers in power generation, refining, manufacturing, and many other industries. Currently, our primary employers are the four refineries in Whatcom and Skagit counties. You’ll learn how to monitor and control processing equipment, troubleshoot and solve equipment problems, test product quality, and implement safety standards and procedures. The Process Technology program provides the technical and academic knowledge you need, along with valuable communication and interpersonal skills that employers want.

Program Facts

95% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $53,577

Wage potential $62,691 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Future retirement data indicates that over the next 10 years there will be a great need for trained process operators in the industry, both locally and nationally.

About 95% of BTC Process Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $53,577, with an earning potential of about $62,691 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Process technicians may find career opportunities in a variety of industries including: chemical, petrochemical, refining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, power generation, utilities, food and beverage, and water treatment.

In many instances, process operators will interface with other technical personnel, such as maintenance electricians, instrument technicians, chemical laboratory technicians, plant engineers, industrial trainers and managers.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 credits

    This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, perdents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aMOYLE VOpenings: 21
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • PTEC 101Introduction to Process Technology5 credits

    In this course students will study various aspects of the Process Industry, including its history; roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the Process Technician; team dynamics; basic physics and chemistry; safety, and quality management. In addition, the course will cover basic components of the Process Industry environment, such as piping and valves; tanks, drums, and vessels; pumps and compressors; steam turbines; electricity and motors; heat exchangers; cooling towers and fans; furnaces and boilers; distillation columns; process control instrumentation; process utilities and auxiliary systems; and process print reading.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or AMATH 111 (can be a corequisite with PTEC 101.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aHILL POpenings: 7
    4/7-6/23TTh 8:00a-10:50aSTAFFOpenings: 15
  • PTEC 102Process Technology I (Equipment)5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the equipment and tools used in the process industry, including piping, tubing, hoses and fittings; valves; pumps; compressors; turbines; motors and engines; power transmission and lubrication; heat exchangers; cooling towers; furnaces and boilers; filters and dryers; vessels; and process diagrams. Students will be introduced to many process related equipment concepts, such as purpose, components, operation, and the Process Technician’s role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment. Prerequisite: PTEC 101or as a co-requisite.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 or as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:50pGRUBB ROpenings: 5
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:50pGRUBB ROpenings: 15
  • General Elective (outside of the program)

  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 12
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 12
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 19
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 16
    1/7-2/11W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 103Safety, Health & Equipment I5 credits

    In this course, students will study industrial hazards types, including physical, chemical, ergonomic, and biological. Within these four general types, specific agents, causative factors, and effects will be identified along with controls, alarms, and detection systems. The course will focus on hazardous chemicals found in the process industry.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online HILL POpenings: 11
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 105Process Technology II (Systems)5 credits

    In this course, students will study the interrelation of process equipment and process systems. Specifically, students will be able to arrange process equipment into 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. In addition, students are introduced to the concept of system and plant economics. Prerequisite: PTEC 102.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101, PTEC 102.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MW 8:00a-10:50aHILL POpenings: 13
    4/8-6/22MW 8:00a-10:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 3
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pWISE JOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY RWaitlisted: 4
    4/7-6/23T12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    For programs requiring strong backgrounds in chemistry. Atomic theory, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding theories, and molecular geometry. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pALMAN AOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/23MW 9:00a-10:45aALMAN AOpenings: 3
     F 9:00a-11:00aSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MW 3:00p-4:45pALMAN AOpenings: 10
     F 3:00p-5:00pSTAFF
    4/10-6/22MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • PTEC 110Process Instrumentation5 credits

    In this course, students will study process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit, and control these variables. The course also introduces students to control loops and the elements that are found in different types of loops, such as controllers, regulators, and final control elements. The course concludes with a study of instrumentation drawings and diagrams along with a unit on troubleshooting instrumentation. Prerequisite: PTEC 105.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 103, PTEC 105.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aGRUBB ROpenings: 15
  • Program Elective (PTEC 190 series)3 credits

  • Quarter 4
  • CHEM& 162General Chemistry w/Lab II5 credits

    Atomic periodicity, chemical bonding theories, solid and liquid states and solutions.

    Prerequisite:
    CHEM& 161 with C grade.
  • PTEC 203Safety, Health & Environment II5 credits

    Continued instruction in the application of concepts presented in Safety, Health, & Environment I with an emphasis on emergency response concepts. The student will demonstrate appropriate response to emergency situation; recognize hazardous situations for personnel, environment, and the community; and apply team skills in response to emergency situations. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 211Process Instrumentation II and Troubleshooting5 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to controllers, control schemes, and advanced control shcemes will be covered at a level appropriate for the process technician. The student will learn about different types of Process Technology troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collections and analysis; cause-effect relationships; and reasoning. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • Program Elective (PTEC 190 series)3 credits

  • Quarter 5
  • PTEC 205Dynamic Process Control5 credits

    Course will provide the student with a basic understanding of electronic process control systems typically utilized in the petroleum, petrochemical, power generation, and pulp & paper industries. Course will further provide the student with specific knowledge regarding the operation of typical hydrocarbon distillation systems and fired furnaces. Multiple dynamic process simulators operating in a PC Lab environment will be utilized as the foundational elements of the course learning activities. Computer simulations of fired heaters and distillation systems will be operated in normal, off-normal, emergency, start-up and shutdown modes. The course will be conducted as a “hands on” operating experience using both small-group and individual simulation activities, assignments and scenarios. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110

    Future Offerings
    1/12-3/23M 8:00a-11:00aGRUBB RWaitlisted: 0
     M12:00p-3:00pGRUBB R
    1/7-3/25W 8:00a-11:00aGRUBB ROpenings: 15
     W12:00p-3:00pGRUBB R
  • PTEC 212Industrial Processes & Equipment5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the typical process systems employed in process technology companies such as: petroleum refining, wastewater treatment, food processing, pulp and paper processing, and power generation. Special emphasis will be placed upon systems that are utilized by local area process technology companies. Lab assignments and activities will be conducted to illustrate and simulate typical industrial processes. The student will understand construction, theory of operation, and typical uses of process industry equipment. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 270Process Technology Project I5 credits

    This is a culminating project assignment for an individual or a group of students. The instructor may assign a specific topic for the project or work with a local industry/plant to define a particular project topic from a real-life situation. The student or the group of

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101, PTEC 103

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20F12:00p-3:00pGRUBB ROpenings: 18
    4/7-6/22ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 24
  • General Elective (outside of the program)

  • Quarter 6
  • PTEC 207Quality Control5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of, or introduction to, the field of quality control within the process industry. In this course, students will be introduced to many process industry-related quality concepts, including operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, team skills, and statistical process control (SPC). This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    ECON 103, PTEC 107, PTEC 110.

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F 8:00a-10:50aSTAFFOpenings: 50
  • PTEC 215Process Technology III (Operations)5 credits

    Provides an overview of the field of operations within the process industry. Students will use existing knowledge of equipment, system, and instrumentation to understand the operation of an entire unit. Students study concepts related to commissioning, normal startup, normal operations, normal shutdown, turnarounds, and abnormal situations as well as the Process Technician’s role in performing the tasks associated with these concepts within an operating unit. Prerequisite: PTEC 110.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110.

    Future Offerings
    4/13-6/22M 8:00a-3:00pGRUBB ROpenings: 22
    4/8-6/18W 8:00a-3:00pGRUBB ROpenings: 24
  • PTEC 272Process Technology Project II5 credits

    This may be a continuation of PTAC 270 or a separate assignment. For the degree student, this is a culminating project for an individual or group. The instructor may assign a topic for the project or work with a local industry to define a project topic from a real-life situation. The student or group of students will define the problem, resources needed, postulate the hypothesis/solution, research the problem and possible solutions, visit the plant, interview /consult with instructor/engineers/technicians and other resources, and develop a solution. The student or group will then write a technical report outlining the complete process from defining the problem, methodology applied and conclusion. This may also require building a piece of equipment, writing a software program, or writing safety or operational procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/20ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 22
    4/7-6/22ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 24
  • General Elective (outside of the program)

  • Electives
  • Program Electives

  • PTEC 190Food Processing3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing foods. These will include the operations of heating, drying, reacting, mixing, separating,and granulating. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to food processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101.
  • PTEC 191Non-Refining Processes3 credits

    In this course, students will study "Soft Skills" such as time management, feedback, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Topics on making the change form worker to first time supervisor and leadership techniques. The student will have an opportunity to apply mentoring and leadership techniques while improving personal effectiveness.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 192Pulp & Paper Processing3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing pulp and paper. These will include the operations of feedstock preparation, digestion, bleaching, drying, reacting, mixing, separating, and pressing. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to pulp and paper processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 193Upstream Process3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for locating and producing oil. In addition, the geology of the formation of oil deposits will be covered as well as an overview of the regulations for oil exploration. The mehods and operations include exploration, drilling, completion of the well. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to upstream processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/24T12:00p-3:00pPOTTER BOpenings: 1
  • PTEC 194Wastewater Treatment3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for wastewater treatment. These will include the steps of preliminary, primary, secondary and tertiary treatment which involve the operations of sedimentation, biological and chemical reacting, thickening, drying, filtration, mixing, and disinfection.The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to pulp and paper processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, MATH 100.
  • PTEC 195Biodiesel Fundamentals3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing biodiesel. These will include the operations of feedstock preparation, reaction, mixing, separating, and washing. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations. Quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also prepare biodiesel in the laboratory and in a pilot plant. A project related to biodiesel production will also be required. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line with access to the laboratory and pilot plant. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101.
  • PTEC 196Green Energy3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing green energy. These will include the production of renewable energy by wind, solar, hydroelectric, wave, and biofuels. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations; quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to green energy. This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101.
  • PTEC 197Cooperative Education3 credits

    In this course, students will be given credit for courses or portions of courses taken at other educational institutions. Examples of these include trips to other PTEC schools to operate special pieces of equipment or learn specialized topics. Students will be required to perform the required portion of coursework and to prepare a written and oral report. Prerequisite: PTEC 103, PTEC 105; open to currently enrolled PTEC students with instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 103; PTEC 105 - open to currently enrolled PTEC students with instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/23ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 10
  • PTEC 198Basic Mechanical Skills3 credits

    In this course, students will learn and practice the use of basic hand tool and power tool to disassemble various pieces of industrial equipment, to include valve maintenance an value repacking. Reading and interpreting manufacturers technical manuals and equipment drawings. Student will disassemble, inspect pipe flanges, install blinds, make up piping flanges and connections in accordance with applicable documentation. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/19F12:00p-3:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 199Power Generation3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to multiple types of power generation such as Boilers, Co-Generation, Wind and Hydro Power. This will include the operations of boilers, steam turbines, gas turbines, wind and hydro turbines. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will visit a power generation site and discuss with operators the unique industry requirements and job outlook. A project related to power generation will also be required.This course may be either live, a hybrid, or online with access to the laboratory and pilot plant. Prerequisite: CAP 101.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 290Process Technology Practicum/Internship I5 credits

    This elective course provides work experience in a Process Technology related environment so that students may expand their technical knowledge and skills. Specific performance skills and customized objectives will be developed for each student. Clock hours are variable and may be repeated for clock hour credit. Prerequisite: PTEC 101.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101, PTEC 103

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ARRHILL POpenings: 22
    4/7-6/23ARRSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 291Process Technology Practicum/Internship II5 credits

    This elective course provides work experience in a Process Technology related environment so that students may expand their technical knowledge and skills. Specific performance skills and customized objectives will be developed for each student. Clock hours are available and may be repeated for clock hour credit. Prerequisite: PTEC 101.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101, PTEC 103

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26ARRHILL POpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23ARRSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • General Elective

  • ADTEC 126Basic Electricity5 credits

    This course presents the fundamentals of controls, motors, electrical theory and applications. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures. Lectures and textbook are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects.

  • ADTEC 200Anaerobic Digestion Essentials4 credits

    This is a lecture and laboratory-based course, covering the basics of anaerobic digestion, its operation and maintenance, and its relationship to farm operations, energy production, and regulatory oversight. Emphasis is placed on application of general anaerobic digestion principles to the commercial farm setting and understanding as well as experiencing what is required of technicians during routine, scheduled Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on such farm-based digester systems.

  • ADTEC 237Cooling Towers/Water Treatment1 credits

    This course presents a study of cooling towers and the treatment of the water used.

  • ADTEC 245Commercial/Industrial Boilers2 credits

    This course presents commercial and industrial boilers and combustion controls, advanced flame safeguards, safety, code compliance and efficiency testing of gas and oil fired systems.

  • CAP 138MS WORD5 credits

    Students receive hands-on instruction using the commands and features of MS Word to create simple to complex business documents. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101, CAP 106.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 2
    4/8-6/22MWF12:00p-1:25pMASSEY JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 142 MS Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, MS Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required. Prerequisites: BUS100 or BUS150 or MATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS 100 or BUS150 or AMATH 100 or MATH& 107 or higher; CAP101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 12
    4/7-6/23Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 24
  • CAP 146MS Access5 credits

    Table design, relationships, filters, queries, forms and reports will be introduced. Students will apply skills to database projects. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online MASSEY JOpenings: 1
  • CAP 148MS PowerPoint5 credits

    Presents an overview of a presentation graphics program. Students will create and present a slide show projected from their computer. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required. Prerequisites: CAP 105 , and CAP 112

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online WOLLENS JOpenings: 6
    4/7-6/18TTh11:30a-1:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • CODR 125Forklift Driver Certification1 credits

    This course provides the student with forklift driving safety knowledge and skills to comply with OSHA/WISHA, and meets WAC 296.863.60005 requirements. Instruction emphasizes prevention of workplace related hazards, accidents, and injuries. Students will be awarded the Ives Mobile Equipment Operator's Certification. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have previous forklift driving experience. Employers must also test an employee's ability and provide additional training on any different conditions specific to a particular job site.


    Future Offerings
    1/24Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYWaitlisted: 0
    2/21Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYWaitlisted: 0
    3/14Sa 8:00a-5:00pMORRIS GARYWaitlisted: 1
  • ENGT 122AutoCAD I: BASICS5 credits

    This course is an introduction to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting), utilizing a "cookbook" approach to instruction. Students have immediate hands-on computer usage while applying basic command concepts and terminology. Basic drawing and editing techniques are reinforced with exercises designed to help the student reach an in-depth understanding.


    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-9:00pGOODRICH SWaitlisted: 5
  • ENVS 151Basic CSTOP Course0.8 credits

    Developed by Construction Safety Professionals to provide superior Safety Training, CSTOP is an industrial and heavy construction safety training and orientation program designed to provide contractor employees with a better than basic understanding of hazards and safety procedures associated with work in highly hazardous work areas.


    Future Offerings
    1/31Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 13
    3/7Sa 8:00a-3:00pMILLER MOpenings: 23
  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.


    Future Offerings
    1/20-1/22TTh 5:00p-9:00pLIEBERHERR JOpenings: 11
    1/31Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMWaitlisted: 1
    2/11W 6:00p-9:00pENGELS JOpenings: 3
    3/6F 1:00p-4:00pKING JOpenings: 3
  • INST 200Introduction to Instrumentation2 credits

    This course introduces you to the trade, terminology, and basic principles of instrumentation. It is a preparatory course for any one of three sections within the second year of Instrumentation: measurement, control, and systems, enabling you to begin your second year of Instrumentation at the start of Fall, Winter, or Spring quarter. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: MATH& 141 or instructor permission.

    Prerequisite:
    or Corequisite MATH& 141 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/13DAILY 8:00a-3:00pKUPHALDT TOpenings: 8
    4/7-4/13DAILY 8:00a-3:00pKUPHALDT TOpenings: 24
  • SOC& 101 *Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online POLLARD DWaitlisted: 1
    4/7-6/23Online POLLARD DOpenings: 24
  • WELD 101Introduction to Welding2 credits

    This is a great class for anyone who would like to try welding for the first time. The instructor will lead you through the steps to begin welding safely and successfully. After experiencing welding first-hand, students may choose to enroll in Creative Welding or Industrial Welding classes that will start later in the month. Students should wear appropriate work clothes and leather shoes or boots, no synthetic fabrics allowed. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but students may bring their own welding helmet, goggles, and gloves if desired.


    Future Offerings
    1/10Sa 9:00a-4:00pERICKSON SOpenings: 10
  • WELD 173Basic Welding (Welding I & II)2 credits

    This course covers basic Industrial Welding techniques and safety. From beginning competencies in SMAW and Oxy/Fuel cutting, through GMAW and Plasma cutting processes. Basic fabricating principles will cover lap, fillet, and butt weld joint set-up.


    Future Offerings
    1/12-3/23M 6:00p-9:00pPHILLIBER BOpenings: 13
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS106 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program has rolling admission.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in Math 098.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • CAP 101 or passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Appraise the typical hazards found in process plants, basic PPE, and know the requirements of regulating bodies regarding safety, health, and environmental issues (OSHA, DOT, EPA).
  • Combine mathematics, chemistry physics theory to apply to process applications such as fluid flow, the nature of heat, chemical reaction, boing points, vapor pressure and electrical currents.
  • Recognize typical organizational structures, economics, and quality control systems of the process industry.
  • Apprise fundamentals of refining and power generation processes; know core functions and principles of operation of typical process equipment such as pumps, compressors, filters and dryers, lubrication systems, valves, piping systems, and draw from memory Process Flow Diagrams.
  • Integrate the principles of process automatic control and Data Control Systems (DSC) to manage simulated DCS scenarios.
  • Graduates will have the ability to compare actual process plant experience versus preconceived notions.

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Ronald Grubb

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Administrative Management Studies, Excelsior College, Albany NY

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8584
rgrubb@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 106


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Paul Hill

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Business Management, University of South Florida

Certificate, TAFE Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Australian Vocational Education Development Center

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8391
phill@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 103


Process Technology Certificate

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Process Technology. This program will prepare you for a position as a process technician or operator for local employers in power generation, refining, manufacturing, and many other industries. Currently, our primary employers are the four refineries in Whatcom and Skagit counties. You’ll learn how to monitor and control processing equipment, troubleshoot and solve equipment problems, test product quality, and implement safety standards and procedures. The Process Technology program provides the technical and academic knowledge you need, along with valuable communication and interpersonal skills that employers want.

Program Facts

95% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average annual wage $53,577

Wage potential $62,691 annually

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

Future retirement data indicates that over the next 10 years there will be a great need for trained process operators in the industry, both locally and nationally.

About 95% of BTC Process Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $53,577, with an earning potential of about $62,691 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Process technicians may find career opportunities in a variety of industries including: chemical, petrochemical, refining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, power generation, utilities, food and beverage, and water treatment. In many instances, process operators will interface with other technical personnel, such as maintenance electricians, instrument technicians, chemical laboratory technicians, plant engineers, industrial trainers and managers.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 111 *Applied Technical Math5 credits

    This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, perdents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aMOYLE VOpenings: 21
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • PTEC 101Introduction to Process Technology5 credits

    In this course students will study various aspects of the Process Industry, including its history; roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the Process Technician; team dynamics; basic physics and chemistry; safety, and quality management. In addition, the course will cover basic components of the Process Industry environment, such as piping and valves; tanks, drums, and vessels; pumps and compressors; steam turbines; electricity and motors; heat exchangers; cooling towers and fans; furnaces and boilers; distillation columns; process control instrumentation; process utilities and auxiliary systems; and process print reading.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 or AMATH 111 (can be a corequisite with PTEC 101.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aHILL POpenings: 7
    4/7-6/23TTh 8:00a-10:50aSTAFFOpenings: 15
  • PTEC 102Process Technology I (Equipment)5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the equipment and tools used in the process industry, including piping, tubing, hoses and fittings; valves; pumps; compressors; turbines; motors and engines; power transmission and lubrication; heat exchangers; cooling towers; furnaces and boilers; filters and dryers; vessels; and process diagrams. Students will be introduced to many process related equipment concepts, such as purpose, components, operation, and the Process Technician’s role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment. Prerequisite: PTEC 101or as a co-requisite.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 or as a co-requisite.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:50pGRUBB ROpenings: 5
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:50pGRUBB ROpenings: 15
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aBURNS JWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/26Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/26Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online OEKERMAN COpenings: 24
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    11/5-12/10W 3:00p-5:00pPISCOPO NOpenings: 12
    1/13-2/10T 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 12
    1/14-2/11W 2:15p-4:15pBRYANT KOpenings: 19
    1/7-2/11W 3:00p-5:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 16
    1/7-2/11W 5:00p-7:00pSHEPHERD HOpenings: 24
    4/13-5/18M 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 30
    4/8-5/13W 3:00p-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 103Safety, Health & Equipment I5 credits

    In this course, students will study industrial hazards types, including physical, chemical, ergonomic, and biological. Within these four general types, specific agents, causative factors, and effects will be identified along with controls, alarms, and detection systems. The course will focus on hazardous chemicals found in the process industry.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26Online HILL POpenings: 11
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • PTEC 105Process Technology II (Systems)5 credits

    In this course, students will study the interrelation of process equipment and process systems. Specifically, students will be able to arrange process equipment into 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. In addition, students are introduced to the concept of system and plant economics. Prerequisite: PTEC 102.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101, PTEC 102.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/25MW 8:00a-10:50aHILL POpenings: 13
    4/8-6/22MW 8:00a-10:50aSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 3
    1/7-3/25MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 0
    1/7-3/25MW 3:00p-4:25pWISE JOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MW11:00a-12:25pWISE JOpenings: 4
    1/7-3/26Online DONNELLY RWaitlisted: 4
    4/7-6/23T12:00p-2:05pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW 3:00p-4:25pKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MW11:00a-12:25pBURNS JOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • CHEM& 161 *General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    For programs requiring strong backgrounds in chemistry. Atomic theory, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding theories, and molecular geometry. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or AMATH 111.

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pALMAN AOpenings: 11
    1/7-3/23MW 9:00a-10:45aALMAN AOpenings: 3
     F 9:00a-11:00aSTAFF
    1/9-3/23MW 3:00p-4:45pALMAN AOpenings: 10
     F 3:00p-5:00pSTAFF
    4/10-6/22MF 1:00p-2:45pSTAFFOpenings: 24
     W 1:00p-3:00pSTAFF
  • PTEC 110Process Instrumentation5 credits

    In this course, students will study process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit, and control these variables. The course also introduces students to control loops and the elements that are found in different types of loops, such as controllers, regulators, and final control elements. The course concludes with a study of instrumentation drawings and diagrams along with a unit on troubleshooting instrumentation. Prerequisite: PTEC 105.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 103, PTEC 105.

    Future Offerings
    1/8-3/26TTh 8:00a-10:50aGRUBB ROpenings: 15
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS46 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program has rolling admission.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in Math 098.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • CAP 101 or passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate a knowledge of the typical hazards found in process plants, basic PPE, and requirements of regulating bodies regarding safety, health, and environmental issues (OSHA, DOT, EPA). Example: Worker-Right-to-Know, PSM, RMP, RCRA, and Clean Air Act).
  • Graduates will be able to apply mathematics, physics, and chemistry in the Process Technology field. Graduates will obtain the ability to link their knowledge to applications such as the nature of heat, chemical reactions, boiling points, vapor pressure, and electrical currents.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the typical organizational structures, economics and quality controls; fundamentals of refining and power generation processes.
  • Graduates will be able to perform core functions and principles of operation of typical process industry equipment such as pumps, compressors, filters and dryers, lubricating systems, valves and piping systems, and process plant instrumentation systems (from an operations viewpoint).
  • Graduates will know the principles and typical operation of electronic control systems (DCS).
  • Graduates will have the ability to operate simulated DCS process control systems Effectively.

Ronald Grubb - Instructor image

Ronald Grubb

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Administrative Management Studies, Excelsior College, Albany NY

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8584
rgrubb@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 106


Paul Hill - Instructor image

Paul Hill

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Business Management, University of South Florida

Certificate, TAFE Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Australian Vocational Education Development Center

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8391
phill@btc.ctc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 103