Process Operating Technology
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
OverviewTrain to be a process operator in a program ranked among the largest in the nation, at a facility endorsed by the North American Process Technology Alliance and approved by the Texas Skills Standard Board. Lamar Institute of Technology's computerized training lab sets the benchmark for training facilities in the Gulf Coast region.
What Will I Learn?Program curriculum includes topics such as safety, computer science, mathematics and general procedures in distillation reactions and quality control. The program provides hands-on training in the classroom and laboratory environments. Get training at Lamar Institute of Technology's three-story distillation unit, experiencing start-up, normal operations, troubleshooting and shutdown.
What Can I Do With This Degree?The 60 SCH program prepares individuals for employment in the refining, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food/beverage, water/wastewater and pulp/paper industries, to name a few.
Students must complete the 60-hour curriculum, which includes five academic classes and 10 process classes, as well as chemistry and physics. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Process operators generally work 12-hour rotating shifts, climb tall towers, work in any weather and must meet certain physical requirements.
You must meet all necessary requirements for admission. Graduates may need to pass a drug screen, background check and physical exam for employment.