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The Process Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares graduates for entry-level careers as Process Technologists/ Operators. Courses within the program include an Introduction to Process Technology, Process Instrumentation, Equipment, Systems, and Operations as well as Safety, Health & Environment, Applied Instrumental Analysis, Industrial Processes, Principles of Quality and Troubleshooting. Through classroom instruction, the use of state of the art simulation equipment and hands on experiences, 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/operator vary depending upon the industry with the primary responsibility being to optimize a specialized engineering process and keep it on track. Graduates possess the technical skills and knowledge to perform essential processes in petrochemical plants, refineries, power generation, food and beverage and pharmaceuticals.

The Process Technology AAS and Level II Certificate are pending SACSCOC approval.

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Please contact Carol McKenzie, Workforce Advisor at Carol.P.McKenzie@LoneStar.edu or call 281.312.1426
DeAna Dixon, Workforce Advisor at Deana.L.Dixon@LoneStar.edu or call 281.318.4384
Maribeth Stitt, Dean at Maribeth.W.Stitt@Lonestar.edu or call 281.312.8420 for more information.

First Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
PTAC 1302 Introduction to Process Technology 3
PTAC 1410 Process Technology I - Equipment 4
PTAC 1432 Process Instrumentation I 4
CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry 4
Second Semester Courses 16 Credits
PTAC 2420 Process Techhnology II - Systems 4
SCIT 1318 Applied Physics 3
PTAC 2314 Principles of Quality 3
PTAC 1308 Safety, Health, and Environment 3
HYDR 1391 Special Topics in Hydraulics Technology/Technician 3
Third Semester Courses 17 Credits
PTAC 2438 Process Technology III - Operations 4
PTAC 2446 Process Troubleshooting 4
PTRT 2343 Refining Methods 3
ENER 1240 Employee Success in Energy Industry 2
PTAC 24861-or-PTAC 24871 Internship - Process Technology/Technician1-or-Internship - Process Technology/Technician1 4
Process Technology Certificate Program Total 48 Credits


  1. Capstone course

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Career Options

Median wage: $67,6761

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 $776 per semester.

Financial Aid

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.