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Process Technology AAS Degree



The Process Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares graduates for entry-level careers as Process Technicians/Operators. Courses within the program include an Introduction to Process Technology, Process Equipment, Process Instrumentation, Safety, Health & Environment, Process Systems, Quality, Process Operations, and Process Troubleshooting. Through the use of state of the art simulation equipment, as well as hands-on applied technology training and general academic coursework, the student will develop the skills required to be a successful process technician/operator.

The Process Technology Associate of Applied Science is awarded for successful completion of the 60 semester credit hours required in the degree plan. The duties of a process technician vary depending upon the industry with the primary responsibility of the Process Technician being to operate and maintain specialized equipment to ensure the process is running efficiently and safely. Graduates possess the technical skills and knowledge to perform essential processes in petrochemical plants, refineries, power generation facilities, pharmaceutical plants, and food & beverage industries.

Students must complete a satisfactory background check and drug test before acceptance into the PTAC 2438 Process Technology III - Operations course. 

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Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Process Technology Certificate Level II program may be applied to this degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 14 Credits
PTAC 1302 Introduction to Process Technology 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
PTAC 1410 Process Technology I - Equipment 4
PTAC 1432 Process Instrumentation I 4
Second Semester Courses 17 Credits
PTAC 2420 Process Techhnology II - Systems 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry 4
PTAC 1308 Safety, Health, and Environment I 3
HYDR 1391 Special Topics in Hydraulics Technology/Technician 3

Second Year

First Semester Courses 16 Credits
PTAC 2314 Principles of Quality 3
PTAC 2438 Process Technology III - Operations 4
SCIT 1318 Applied Physics 3
ENER 1240 Employee Success in Energy Industry 2
PTAC 2446 Process Troubleshooting 4
Second Semester Courses 13 Credits
Elective1 Humanities/Fine Arts1 3
Elective1 Social/Behavioral Science1 3
PTRT 2343 Refining Methods 3
PTAC 24862-or-PTAC 24872 Internship-Process Technology/Technician2-or-Internship-Process Technology/Technician2 4
Process Technology AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

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Career Options

Median wage: $69,2081

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:  

  • Process Technician2
  • Production Technician2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2013
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

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Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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