Business and Technology
Process Technology Program
The Process Technology Program at Lamar State College-Port Arthur is designed to prepare students for employment as process operators for industries including refining, power generation, petrochemical, polymers, plastics, pharmaceuticals, wastewater treatment and pulp/paper manufacturing.
A process technician is a member of a team of people who plan, analyze and control the manufacturing process of products from the acquisition of raw materials through the production and distribution of products to customers. Students in the program can earn a one-year Certificate in Process Technology or a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Process Technology.
Students learn skills in computer science, mathematics and communication skills, plus knowledge about plant equipment, process instrumentation, general procedures in distillation,
reaction, quality control, safety, health and environment and general plant systems operation.
Regional manufacturers and processors forecast a high demand for workers with process technology training as increased retirement of current employees takes a toll on the area's workforce.
At a meeting of the Texas Railroad Commission in 2002, it was stated that there would be a crisis in finding qualified employees to replace the aging workforce. The average age of current petrochemical workers is 46-49. Expanding deepwater exploration for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico is creating a new demand for many more skilled process technicians.
Lamar State College-Port Arthur follows the curriculum guidelines set forth by the Gulf Coast Process Technology Alliance.
Please visit the Business and Technology section of the College Catalog to learn more about the above programs.
If you have questions concerning Business and Technology, please feel free to call us at (409) 984-6418 or stop by our office in room 147 of the Madison Monroe Building.
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