Process Technology AAS DegreeAssociate of Applied Science


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Program Details

The Process Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares graduates for entry-level careers as Process Technicians/Operators.  Courses within the program include

  1. Introduction to Process Technology,
  2. Process Equipment,
  3. Process Instrumentation,
  4. Safety, Health & Environment, Process Systems,
  5. Quality, Process Operations, and
  6. 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 Certificate Level II leads to the Associate of Applied Science degree. 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.

All Process Technology courses are taught at the Process Technology Center located at 14001 Lockwood Rd, Houston, TX 77044. Lone Star College's Process Technology program is Endorsed by the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA).  Gainful employment can be found at

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

In addition to the tuition and textbooks for the process technology courses, there are additional fees and expenses.  Students are required to purchase a Hard Hat, Safety Glasses, Work Gloves (Nylon- or Latex-coated), and Steel-toed or Composite-toed boots with a ¼ inch defined heel.

After the completion of the Process Technology Program, a student will:

  1. Apply critical thinking to research, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information to solve problems related to process equipment, instrumentation, systems, and operations within the petrochemical, refining, power generation, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, and related manufacturing industries.
  2. Demonstrate excellent communication skills (oral and written) to ensure optimal communication with shift co-workers, first line supervisors, maintenance personnel, safety personnel, contractors, and other members of the process site team.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of process technology and apply the technical skills necessary to operate complex process equipment and systems such as distillation, boiler, refrigeration, cooling tower, reactor, and similar unit operations.
  4. Describe the typical hazards found in process plants, basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and the requirements of regulating bodies regarding safety, health, and environmental issues (OSHA, DOT, EPA, etc.).

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



Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

Tuition rates are based on residency. Get an estimate of your costs by using the Tuition & Fees chart. If you need assistance paying for college, financial aid is available in the form of book advances, grants, scholarships, loans, and more.

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Program Pathway

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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
Third 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
Fourth 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

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


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