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Process Technology Program

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Process Technology

Faculty and Program Director

George Bohn, Program Director
UITC Room 201C
(409) 984-6391 or

James Powell, Instructor
UITC Room 201D
(409) 984-6344 or

Tom Janise, Adjunct Instructor
UITC Room 201H
(409) 984-6247 or

Kenneth Ballou, Adjunct Instructor
UITC Room 201A
(409) 984-6418 or

Program Description

The Process Technology Program offers courses that prepares students to become process technicians in the refining, petrochemical, polymers, plastics, pulp/paper industries, power generation, oil and gas production, food and other process industries. Technical knowledge and skills are gained in areas such as operating equipment, instrumentation systems, process systems, safety, quality control, process troubleshooting and computer applications. The program provides hands-on training in the classroom and laboratory environments. 

Process operators generally work rotating shifts, climb tall towers, work with chemicals, and must meet certain physical requirements. Graduates of the Process Operating Technology Program may be required to complete a drug screen, background check, and a physical exam to be employed. 

The Process Operating Program is recognized by the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC) which verifies that the knowledge and skill competencies required by industry are included within the curriculum. In addition, the Process Operating Technology Advisory Committee reviews the curriculum to ensure that current industrial needs are met. 

Graduates are encouraged to seek membership in NAPTA (North American Process Technology Alliance) after graduation.

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Job Opportunities 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Process Technology graduates can expect a bright outlook in job opportunities in the local area and throughout Texas. Regional manufacturers and processors forecast a high demand for workers with a degree in process technology. 

Student Organizations 

  • SkillsUSA 
  • Alpha Beta Gamma (business honor society) 

Student Testimonials 

Below are testimonials from students in the Process Technology program. 

"…the program has great teachers and Lamar State College-Port Arthur has good internship programs you can get into." 

"I have been to other universities, but Lamar State College-Port Arthur is my favorite. I am not saying that one university is better than the other, but this one is a great fit for me. It feels like home." 

"I chose Lamar State College-Port Arthur for my program of study because several of my family members attended here for the same degree. I also like the instructors on this campus." 

"I chose the Process Technology program at Lamar State College-Port Arthur because it is a reputable program in the area." 

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