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Process Technology

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Process Technology. This program will prepare you for a position as a process technician or operator for local employers in power generation, refining, manufacturing, and many other industries. Currently, our primary employers are the four refineries in Whatcom and Skagit counties. You’ll learn how to monitor and control processing equipment, troubleshoot and solve equipment problems, test product quality, and implement safety standards and procedures. The Process Technology program provides the technical and academic knowledge you need, along with valuable communication and interpersonal skills that employers want.

Employment Information

84% BTC graduate placement rate

$54,870 starting annual wage

$64,022 average annual wage

$68,515 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Future retirement data indicates that over the next 10 years there will be a great need for trained process operators in the industry, both locally and nationally.

About 84% of BTC Process Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $64,022 with an earning potential of about $68,515 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Process technicians may find career opportunities in a variety of industries including: chemical, petrochemical, refining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, power generation, utilities, food and beverage, and water treatment.

In many instances, process operators will interface with other technical personnel, such as maintenance electricians, instrument technicians, chemical laboratory technicians, plant engineers, industrial trainers and managers.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • PTEC 101Introduction to Process Technology5 credits

    In this course students will study various aspects of the Process Industry, including its history; roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the Process Technician; team dynamics; basic physics and chemistry; safety, and quality management. In addition, the course will cover basic components of the Process Industry environment, such as piping and valves; tanks, drums, and vessels; pumps and compressors; steam turbines; electricity and motors; heat exchangers; cooling towers and fans; furnaces and boilers; distillation columns; process control instrumentation; process utilities and auxiliary systems; and process print reading.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 and MATH 098 (AMATH 111 can be a co-requisite with PTEC 101)

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-11:30aCORY SOpenings: 18
  • PTEC 102Process Technology Equipment5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the equipment and tools used in the process industry, including piping, tubing, hoses and fittings; valves; pumps; compressors; turbines; motors and engines; power transmission and lubrication; heat exchangers; cooling towers; furnaces and boilers; filters and dryers; vessels; and process diagrams. Students will be introduced to many process related equipment concepts, such as purpose, components, operation, and the Process Technician’s role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 and MATH 098 (co-requisite with PTEC 101)

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh12:00p-3:30pGRUBB ROpenings: 20
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/5T 5:30p-7:40pNELSON NOpenings: 23
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 5
    9/19-12/8Online NELSON NOpenings: 11
    9/19-12/8Online NELSON NOpenings: 19
  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 16
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AOpenings: 7
    9/20-12/8Online PENG AOpenings: 7
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 11
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aZAMORA AOpenings: 1
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 0
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 22
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MOpenings: 6
    9/19-12/8Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 17
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 14
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/4M11:35a-12:25pSEAY BOpenings: 24
    9/21-12/7Th 3:40p-4:40pGRUBB ROpenings: 12
  • PTEC 103Safety, Health & Environment5 credits

    In this course, students will study industrial hazards types, including physical, chemical, ergonomic, and biological. Within these four general types, specific agents, causative factors, and effects will be identified along with controls, alarms, and detection systems. The course will focus on hazardous chemicals found in the process industry.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 and PTEC 102

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/4M 3:40p-6:40pCORY SOpenings: 21
  • PTEC 104Process Drawings2 credits

    In this course students will study various process drawings such as a Process Flow Diagram (PFD) and Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID). This course will cover how to read detailed diagrams in the process industry which shows the piping and vessels in the process flow, together with the instrumentation and control devices. Students will use these drawings to analyze process flows, equipment, isolation valves, instrumentation and process control loops. Additionally, students will use process diagrams for determining safe isolation procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 and PTEC 102

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8T 3:40p-4:40pGRUBB ROpenings: 9
  • PTEC 105Process Technology II (Systems)5 credits

    In this course, students will study the interrelation of process equipment and process systems. Specifically, students will be able to arrange process equipment into basic systems; describe the purpose and function of specific process systems; explain how factors affecting process systems are controlled under normal conditions; and recognize abnormal process conditions. In addition, students are introduced to the concept of system and plant economics.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 and PTEC 102

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6MW12:00p-3:30pPOTTER BOpenings: 21
     MW12:00p-3:30pPOTTER B
  • Quarter 3
  • CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab5 credits

    This course is a broad overview of chemistry concepts useful to technical program education. Topics include basic atomic theory, chemical bonding, solutions, organic chemistry, hydrocarbon reactions, analytical separations, gasses, thermodynamics, and intermolecular forces.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or MATH 099 or AMATH111 with a "C" grade or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF 9:00a-11:00aMILLER AOpenings: 21
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 credits

    This course is designed to help students report technical information clearly, completely, and persuasively. Technical writing shares many of the same concerns of other kinds of writing, such as attention to Purpose, Readability, and most significantly, Audience. This course is designed to provide instruction and practice in creating practical and effective documents for students in medical, scientific, technical, and other professional fields.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8Online HATCH LOpenings: 17
  • PTEC 110Process Instrumentation I5 credits

    In this course, students will study process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit, and control these variables. The course also introduces students to control loops and the elements that are found in different types of loops, such as controllers, regulators, and final control elements. The course concludes with a study of instrumentation drawings and diagrams along with a unit on troubleshooting instrumentation.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 103 and PTEC 105 and AMATH 111 or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-11:30aGRUBB ROpenings: 18
  • OR

  • CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry5 credits

    Introductory course for non-science majors, nursing, and environmental science students. Includes basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry, the nature of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds, chemical notation, chemistry of solutions, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving in the study of the theory and application of chemistry. Lab work is included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100 and BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-11:30aYAMAMOTO KOpenings: 4
    9/19-12/5T 5:30p-8:30pWESTER LWaitlisted: 1
    9/19-12/7TTh 1:00p-4:00pWESTER LWaitlisted: 6
  • OR

  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 credits

    An introductory chemistry course for students in programs requiring one or two quarters of general chemistry. Course covers basic principles of modern chemistry, the structure of atoms and molecules, ions, chemical bonding and molecular geometry, the periodic table, chemical formulas and equations, and stoichiometry of reactions and solutions. Lab work included.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer College Level Math score of 75 or co-enrolled/completed MATH& 141 with a "C" or better. Also, recommend completion of CHEM& 121 or one year of high school chemistry.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 3:20p-6:05pMILLER AOpenings: 19
  • Or Humanities Course5 credits

  • Quarter 4
  • PHYS& 110General Physics w/ Lab II5 credits

    A course for non-science majors focusing on the central concepts of physics relating everyday experiences. The principles and laws of physics are covered on a conceptual and historical level rather than mathematical basis. Topics include Newton’s laws of motion, energy and magnetism, and waves (sound and light). Laboratory work provides an introduction to the scientific method and role of measurement in science and serves to demonstrate the practical application of physics concepts.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or higher or a C grade in AMATH 111 or MATH 098.
  • PTEC 203Safety, Health & Environment II5 credits

    Continued instruction in the application of concepts presented in Safety, Health, & Environment I with an emphasis on emergency response concepts. The student will demonstrate appropriate response to emergency situation; recognize hazardous situations for personnel, environment, and the community; and apply team skills in response to emergency situations.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/8F 8:00a-11:00aCORY SOpenings: 6
  • PTEC 211Troubleshooting5 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to troubleshooting controllers, control schemes, and advanced control schemes at a level appropriate for the process technician. The student will learn about different types of Process Technology troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collections and analysis, cause-effect relationships, and reasoning.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6M 8:00a-11:30aGRUBB RWaitlisted: 0
     W 8:00a-11:30a
    9/20-12/6M 8:00a-11:30aGRUBB ROpenings: 7
     W12:00p-3:30p
  • OR

  • PHYS& 114General Physics I w/lab5 credits

    Algebra-based physics course. The subject matter is mechanics with emphasis on Newton's laws, energy, momentum, and rotational motion. Lab included.

    Prerequisite:
    College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099 or MATH 111.
  • OR

  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 credits

    Kinematics and dynamics of particles; work and energy; gravitation; collisions and conservation of momentum.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 with a grade of C or better, Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH& 151 with a C grade or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/5T10:30a-12:20pSTAFFOpenings: 6
  • MATH& 142Precalculus II5 credits

    The majority of this course will cover trigonometry. Students will explore trigonometry functions, right and oblique triangle trigonometry, graphing, trigonometry identifies, laws of Sine and Cosine as well as trigonometric application problems. This course will also cover vectors in the plane and in space, along with parametric equations. Polar coordinates and graphs of polar equations will also be included.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 141 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 7
    9/20-12/8Online PENG AOpenings: 7
  • Quarter 5
  • PTEC 205Dynamic Process Control5 credits

    Course will provide the student with a basic understanding of electronic process control systems typically utilized in the petroleum, petrochemical, power generation, and pulp & paper industries. Course will further provide the student with specific knowledge regarding the operation of typical hydrocarbon distillation systems and fired furnaces. Multiple dynamic process simulators operating in a PC Lab environment will be utilized as the foundational elements of the course learning activities. Computer simulations of fired heaters and distillation systems will be operated in normal, off-normal, emergency, start-up and shutdown modes. The course will be conducted as a “hands on” operating experience using both small-group and individual simulation activities, assignments and scenarios.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 212Industrial Processes & Equipment5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the typical process systems employed in process technology companies such as: petroleum refining, wastewater treatment, food processing, pulp and paper processing, and power generation. Special emphasis will be placed upon systems that are utilized by local area process technology companies. Lab assignments and activities will be conducted to illustrate and simulate typical industrial processes. The student will understand construction, theory of operation, and typical uses of process industry equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 270Process Technology Project I5 credits

    This is a culminating project assignment for an individual or a group of students. The instructor may assign a specific topic for the project or work with a local industry/plant to define a particular project topic from a real-life situation. The student or the group of students will define the problem, resources needed, postulate the hypothesis/solution, research the problem and possible solutions, visit the plant, interview/consult with instructor/engineers technicians and other resources and internet to develop a solution. The student or the group will then write the technical report defining the complete process from defining the problem, methodology applied, and their conclusion. This may also require building a piece of equipment, writing a software program, or writing safety or operational procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 24
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 credits

    Study of functions, limits, continuity,limits at infinity, differentiation of algebraic,exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses.

    Prerequisite:
    MATH& 142 with a C grade.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 8
    9/20-12/8Online HONEYCUTT TOpenings: 8
  • Quarter 6
  • PTEC 207Quality Control5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of, or introduction to, the field of quality control within the process industry. In this course, students will be introduced to many process industry-related quality concepts, including operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, team skills, and statistical process control (SPC). This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 215Process Technology III (Operations)5 credits

    Provides an overview of the field of operations within the process industry. Students will use existing knowledge of equipment, system, and instrumentation to understand the operation of an entire unit. Students study concepts related to commissioning, normal startup, normal operations, normal shutdown, turnarounds, and abnormal situations as well as the Process Technician’s role in performing the tasks associated with these concepts within an operating unit.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS103 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program has rolling admission.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.
  • CAP 101 with C grade or higher OR passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Appraise the typical hazards found in process plants, basic PPE, and know the requirements of regulating bodies regarding safety, health, and environmental issues (OSHA, DOT, EPA).
  • Combine mathematics, chemistry physics theory to apply to process applications such as fluid flow, the nature of heat, chemical reaction, boiling points, vapor pressure and electrical currents.
  • Recognize typical organizational structures, economics, and quality control systems of the process industry.
  • Apprise fundamentals of refining and power generation processes; know core functions and principles of operation of typical process equipment such as pumps, compressors, filters and dryers, lubrication systems, valves, piping systems, and draw from memory Process Flow Diagrams.
  • Integrate the principles of process automatic control and Data Control Systems (DSC) to manage simulated DCS scenarios.
  • Graduates will have the ability to compare actual process plant experience versus preconceived notions.

Ronald Grubb - Instructor image

Ronald Grubb

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Administrative Management Studies, Excelsior College, Albany NY

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8584
rgrubb@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 106


Scott Cory - Instructor image

Scott Cory

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8391
scory@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 103


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Process Technology Programs

At Bellingham Technical College [link to About BTC page], the Process Technology Program will prepare you for a position as a process technician or operator for employers in power generation, refining, manufacturing, and many other industries. Process technicians work to ensure the safety standards of production and assembly lines, and oversee quality for an employer’s processes. Currently, our primary employers in Washington State are the four refineries in Whatcom and Skagit counties. Graduates have also gone to work in other water treatment, power generation, and manufacturing facilities in our region, across Washington State, and beyond.

Manufacturing is the most diverse sector of the U.S. economy, from the immense variety of goods produced to the technology used to create them. Turning ideas and materials into valuable products requires highly skilled employees who are trained in advanced manufacturing. BTC’s programs in advanced manufacturing are ideal for students with mechanical aptitude or a strong foundation in math, science, and technology. You’ll learn skills needed for a career in high demand, dynamic industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, and energy.

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

In BTC’s Process Technology Program, you will learn how to monitor and control processing equipment, troubleshoot and solve equipment problems, test product quality, and implement safety standards and procedures. Your career training in this program also prepares you to:

• Appraise the typical hazards found in process plants, basic PPE, and know the requirements of regulating bodies regarding safety, health, and environmental issues (OSHA, DOT, EPA).

• Combine mathematics, chemistry, and physics theory to apply to process applications such as fluid flow, the nature of heat, chemical reaction, boing points, vapor pressure and electrical currents.

• Recognize typical organizational structures, economics, and quality control systems of the process technology industry.

• Appraise fundamentals of refining and power generation processes; know core functions and principles of operation of typical process equipment such as pumps, compressors, filters and dryers, lubrication systems, valves, piping systems, and draw from memory process flow diagrams.

• Integrate the principles of process automatic control and data control systems (DSC) to manage simulated DCS scenarios.

The Process Technology Program also provides the technical and academic knowledge you need, along with the valuable communication and interpersonal skills that employers want.

To pursue your path to a career in process technology, choose from the following associate degree programs and transfer opportunities to go on for a bachelor’s degree:

• Associate of Applied Science (AAS):

Completing this two-year 106-credit associate degree program allows you to go directly to work as a process technician in your field.

• Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree:

This 106-credit, two-year associate degree prepares you to either go directly into the process technology field or choose to transfer to a specific program at a four-year college or university.

BTC students also may choose to complete a 46-credit certificate program in process technology. Certificates are shorter programs that can improve your skills in occupational fields and may qualify you for a higher salary.

Process Technology Jobs & Employment

Over the next 10 years, according to future retirement data, there will be a great need for trained process operators in the industry, both locally and nationally. Process Technology Program students can expect to earn excellent wages and continue to have job opportunities. Employers across a range of industries want to hire people with strong problem-solving and hands-on skills, who are trained and ready to go.

About 84% of BTC Process Technology Program graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $63,523, with an earning potential of about $68,037 per year.

Our processing technology graduates are readily employable and actively recruited by local, regional, national, and international industries. BTC collaborates with local industry, employers, and our state and local governments to determine the skills our workforce requires to keep the economy strong.

Process technicians may find career opportunities in a variety of industries including: chemical, petrochemical, refining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, power generation, utilities, food and beverage, and water treatment. In many instances, process operators will interface with other technical personnel, such as maintenance electricians, instrument technicians, chemical laboratory technicians, plant engineers, industrial trainers and managers.

Employment Information

84% BTC graduate placement rate

$54,870 starting annual wage

$64,022 average annual wage

$68,515 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

Future retirement data indicates that over the next 10 years there will be a great need for trained process operators in the industry, both locally and nationally.

About 84% of BTC Process Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $64,022, with an earning potential of about $68,515 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Process technicians may find career opportunities in a variety of industries including: chemical, petrochemical, refining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, power generation, utilities, food and beverage, and water treatment.

In many instances, process operators will interface with other technical personnel, such as maintenance electricians, instrument technicians, chemical laboratory technicians, plant engineers, industrial trainers and managers.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 credits

    This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aTOOMEY BOpenings: 8
  • PTEC 101Introduction to Process Technology5 credits

    In this course students will study various aspects of the Process Industry, including its history; roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the Process Technician; team dynamics; basic physics and chemistry; safety, and quality management. In addition, the course will cover basic components of the Process Industry environment, such as piping and valves; tanks, drums, and vessels; pumps and compressors; steam turbines; electricity and motors; heat exchangers; cooling towers and fans; furnaces and boilers; distillation columns; process control instrumentation; process utilities and auxiliary systems; and process print reading.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 and MATH 098 (AMATH 111 can be a co-requisite with PTEC 101)

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-11:30aCORY SOpenings: 18
  • PTEC 102Process Technology I (Equipment)5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the equipment and tools used in the process industry, including piping, tubing, hoses and fittings; valves; pumps; compressors; turbines; motors and engines; power transmission and lubrication; heat exchangers; cooling towers; furnaces and boilers; filters and dryers; vessels; and process diagrams. Students will be introduced to many process related equipment concepts, such as purpose, components, operation, and the Process Technician’s role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 and MATH 098 (co-requisite with PTEC 101)

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh12:00p-3:30pGRUBB ROpenings: 20
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 11
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aZAMORA AOpenings: 1
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 0
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 22
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MOpenings: 6
    9/19-12/8Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 17
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 14
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/4M11:35a-12:25pSEAY BOpenings: 24
    9/21-12/7Th 3:40p-4:40pGRUBB ROpenings: 12
  • PTEC 103Safety, Health & Environment I5 credits

    In this course, students will study industrial hazards types, including physical, chemical, ergonomic, and biological. Within these four general types, specific agents, causative factors, and effects will be identified along with controls, alarms, and detection systems. The course will focus on hazardous chemicals found in the process industry.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 and PTEC 102

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/4M 3:40p-6:40pCORY SOpenings: 21
  • PTEC 104Process Drawings2 credits

    In this course students will study various process drawings such as a Process Flow Diagram (PFD) and Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID). This course will cover how to read detailed diagrams in the process industry which shows the piping and vessels in the process flow, together with the instrumentation and control devices. Students will use these drawings to analyze process flows, equipment, isolation valves, instrumentation and process control loops. Additionally, students will use process diagrams for determining safe isolation procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 and PTEC 102

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8T 3:40p-4:40pGRUBB ROpenings: 9
  • PTEC 105Process Technology II (Systems)5 credits

    In this course, students will study the interrelation of process equipment and process systems. Specifically, students will be able to arrange process equipment into basic systems; describe the purpose and function of specific process systems; explain how factors affecting process systems are controlled under normal conditions; and recognize abnormal process conditions. In addition, students are introduced to the concept of system and plant economics.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 and PTEC 102

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6MW12:00p-3:30pPOTTER BOpenings: 21
     MW12:00p-3:30pPOTTER B
  • Quarter 3
  • CHEM& 110 *Chemical Concepts w/Lab5 credits

    This course is a broad overview of chemistry concepts useful to technical program education. Topics include basic atomic theory, chemical bonding, solutions, organic chemistry, hydrocarbon reactions, analytical separations, gasses, thermodynamics, and intermolecular forces.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or MATH 099 or AMATH111 with a "C" grade or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF 9:00a-11:00aMILLER AOpenings: 21
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aHOFFMAN COpenings: 13
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aGERNAND JOpenings: 5
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pGERNAND JOpenings: 8
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 12
    9/19-12/8Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 6
  • PTEC 110Process Instrumentation I5 credits

    In this course, students will study process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit, and control these variables. The course also introduces students to control loops and the elements that are found in different types of loops, such as controllers, regulators, and final control elements. The course concludes with a study of instrumentation drawings and diagrams along with a unit on troubleshooting instrumentation.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 103 and PTEC 105 and AMATH 111 or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-11:30aGRUBB ROpenings: 18
  • Program Elective (PTEC 190 series)3 credits

  • Quarter 4
  • PHYS& 110Physics for Non-Science Majors w/Lab5 credits

    A course for non-science majors focusing on the central concepts of physics relating everyday experiences. The principles and laws of physics are covered on a conceptual and historical level rather than mathematical basis. Topics include Newton’s laws of motion, energy and magnetism, and waves (sound and light). Laboratory work provides an introduction to the scientific method and role of measurement in science and serves to demonstrate the practical application of physics concepts.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or higher or a C grade in AMATH 111 or MATH 098.
  • PTEC 203Safety, Health & Environment II5 credits

    Continued instruction in the application of concepts presented in Safety, Health, & Environment I with an emphasis on emergency response concepts. The student will demonstrate appropriate response to emergency situation; recognize hazardous situations for personnel, environment, and the community; and apply team skills in response to emergency situations.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/8F 8:00a-11:00aCORY SOpenings: 6
  • PTEC 211Troubleshooting5 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to troubleshooting controllers, control schemes, and advanced control schemes at a level appropriate for the process technician. The student will learn about different types of Process Technology troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collections and analysis, cause-effect relationships, and reasoning.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6M 8:00a-11:30aGRUBB RWaitlisted: 0
     W 8:00a-11:30a
    9/20-12/6M 8:00a-11:30aGRUBB ROpenings: 7
     W12:00p-3:30p
  • Program Elective (PTEC 190 series)3 credits

  • Quarter 5
  • PTEC 205Dynamic Process Control (Simulators)5 credits

    Course will provide the student with a basic understanding of electronic process control systems typically utilized in the petroleum, petrochemical, power generation, and pulp & paper industries. Course will further provide the student with specific knowledge regarding the operation of typical hydrocarbon distillation systems and fired furnaces. Multiple dynamic process simulators operating in a PC Lab environment will be utilized as the foundational elements of the course learning activities. Computer simulations of fired heaters and distillation systems will be operated in normal, off-normal, emergency, start-up and shutdown modes. The course will be conducted as a “hands on” operating experience using both small-group and individual simulation activities, assignments and scenarios.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 212Industrial Processes & Equipment5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the typical process systems employed in process technology companies such as: petroleum refining, wastewater treatment, food processing, pulp and paper processing, and power generation. Special emphasis will be placed upon systems that are utilized by local area process technology companies. Lab assignments and activities will be conducted to illustrate and simulate typical industrial processes. The student will understand construction, theory of operation, and typical uses of process industry equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 270Project I (or PTEC 290 Internship I in summer)5 credits

    This is a culminating project assignment for an individual or a group of students. The instructor may assign a specific topic for the project or work with a local industry/plant to define a particular project topic from a real-life situation. The student or the group of students will define the problem, resources needed, postulate the hypothesis/solution, research the problem and possible solutions, visit the plant, interview/consult with instructor/engineers technicians and other resources and internet to develop a solution. The student or the group will then write the technical report defining the complete process from defining the problem, methodology applied, and their conclusion. This may also require building a piece of equipment, writing a software program, or writing safety or operational procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 6
  • PTEC 207Process Quality Control5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of, or introduction to, the field of quality control within the process industry. In this course, students will be introduced to many process industry-related quality concepts, including operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, team skills, and statistical process control (SPC). This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 215Process Technology III (Operations)5 credits

    Provides an overview of the field of operations within the process industry. Students will use existing knowledge of equipment, system, and instrumentation to understand the operation of an entire unit. Students study concepts related to commissioning, normal startup, normal operations, normal shutdown, turnarounds, and abnormal situations as well as the Process Technician’s role in performing the tasks associated with these concepts within an operating unit.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 110
  • PTEC 272Project II (or PTEC 291 Internship II in summer)5 credits

    This may be a continuation of PTAC 270 or a separate assignment. For the degree student, this is a culminating project for an individual or group. The instructor may assign a topic for the project or work with a local industry to define a project topic from a real-life situation. The student or group of students will define the problem, resources needed, postulate the hypothesis/solution, research the problem and possible solutions, visit the plant, interview /consult with instructor/engineers/technicians and other resources, and develop a solution. The student or group will then write a technical report outlining the complete process from defining the problem, methodology applied and conclusion. This may also require building a piece of equipment, writing a software program, or writing safety or operational procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8ARRGRUBB ROpenings: 22
  • Electives
  • PTEC 190Food Processing3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing foods. These will include the operations of heating, drying, reacting, mixing, separating,and granulating. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to food processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 191Non-Refining Processes3 credits

    In this course, students will study "Soft Skills" such as time management, feedback, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Topics on making the change form worker to first time supervisor and leadership techniques. The student will have an opportunity to apply mentoring and leadership techniques while improving personal effectiveness.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 192Pulp & Paper Processing3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing pulp and paper. These will include the operations of feedstock preparation, digestion, bleaching, drying, reacting, mixing, separating, and pressing. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to pulp and paper processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 193Upstream Process3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for locating and producing oil. In addition, the geology of the formation of oil deposits will be covered as well as an overview of the regulations for oil exploration. The methods and operations include exploration, drilling, completion of the well. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to upstream processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CAP 101
  • PTEC 194Wastewater Treatment3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for wastewater treatment. These will include the steps of preliminary, primary, secondary and tertiary treatment which involve the operations of sedimentation, biological and chemical reacting, thickening, drying, filtration, mixing, and disinfection. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to pulp and paper processing. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CAP 101

    Future Offerings
    9/22-12/8F12:00p-3:00pCORY SOpenings: 14
  • PTEC 195Biodiesel Fundamentals3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing biodiesel. These will include the operations of feedstock preparation, reaction, mixing, separating, and washing. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations. Quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also prepare biodiesel in the laboratory and in a pilot plant. A project related to biodiesel production will also be required. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or on-line with access to the laboratory and pilot plant.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollement in CAP 101
  • PTEC 196Green Energy3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to the various methods and processes for producing green energy. These will include the production of renewable energy by wind, solar, hydroelectric, wave, and biofuels. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations; quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will also do a project related to green energy. This course may be either live, a hybrid or on-line.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 197Cooperative Education3 credits

    In this course, students will be given credit for courses or portions of courses taken at other educational institutions. Examples of these include trips to other PTEC schools to operate special pieces of equipment or learn specialized topics. Students will be required to perform the required portion of coursework and to prepare a written and oral report.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 103, PTEC 105; open to currently enrolled PTEC students with instructor permission
  • PTEC 198Basic Mechanical Skills3 credits

    In this course, students will learn and practice the use of basic hand tool and power tool to disassemble various pieces of industrial equipment, to include valve maintenance an value repacking. Reading and interpreting manufacturers technical manuals and equipment drawings. Student will disassemble, inspect pipe flanges, install blinds, make up piping flanges and connections in accordance with applicable documentation.

    Prerequisite:
    Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CAP 101
  • PTEC 199Power Generation3 credits

    In this course, students will be introduced to multiple types of power generation such as Boilers, Co-Generation, Wind and Hydro Power. This will include the operations of boilers, steam turbines, gas turbines, wind and hydro turbines. The equipment necessary to provide and control these operations, quality control, safety, and jobs available in this industry will also be covered. Students will visit a power generation site and discuss with operators the unique industry requirements and job outlook. A project related to power generation will also be required. This course may be either live, a hybrid, or online with access to the laboratory and pilot plant.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101
  • PTEC 290Process Technology Practicum/Internship I5 credits

    This elective course provides work experience in a Process Technology related environment so that students may expand their technical knowledge and skills. Specific performance skills and customized objectives will be developed for each student. Clock hours are variable and may be repeated for clock hour credit.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8ARRCORY SOpenings: 23
  • PTEC 291Process Technology Practicum/Internship II5 credits

    This elective course provides work experience in a Process Technology related environment so that students may expand their technical knowledge and skills. Specific performance skills and customized objectives will be developed for each student. Clock hours are available and may be repeated for clock hour credit.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8ARRCORY SOpenings: 22
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS99 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program has rolling admission.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in Math 098.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • CAP 101 with C grade or higher OR passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Appraise the typical hazards found in process plants, basic PPE, and know the requirements of regulating bodies regarding safety, health, and environmental issues (OSHA, DOT, EPA).
  • Combine mathematics, chemistry physics theory to apply to process applications such as fluid flow, the nature of heat, chemical reaction, boiling points, vapor pressure and electrical currents.
  • Recognize typical organizational structures, economics, and quality control systems of the process industry.
  • Apprise fundamentals of refining and power generation processes; know core functions and principles of operation of typical process equipment such as pumps, compressors, filters and dryers, lubrication systems, valves, piping systems, and draw from memory Process Flow Diagrams.
  • Integrate the principles of process automatic control and Data Control Systems (DSC) to manage simulated DCS scenarios.
  • Graduates will have the ability to compare actual process plant experience versus preconceived notions.

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Ronald Grubb

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Administrative Management Studies, Excelsior College, Albany NY

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8584
rgrubb@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 106


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Scott Cory

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8391
scory@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 103


Process Technology Certificate

If you’d like a high-paying career upon graduating from BTC, then you should consider Process Technology. This program will prepare you for a position as a process technician or operator for local employers in power generation, refining, manufacturing, and many other industries. Currently, our primary employers are the four refineries in Whatcom and Skagit counties. You’ll learn how to monitor and control processing equipment, troubleshoot and solve equipment problems, test product quality, and implement safety standards and procedures. The Process Technology program provides the technical and academic knowledge you need, along with valuable communication and interpersonal skills that employers want.

Employment Information

84% BTC graduate placement rate

$54,870 starting annual wage

$64,022 average annual wage

$68,515 potential annual wage

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Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

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Jobs & Employment

Future retirement data indicates that over the next 10 years there will be a great need for trained process operators in the industry, both locally and nationally.

About 84% of BTC Process Technology students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $64,022, with an earning potential of about $68,515 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Potential Positions

Process technicians may find career opportunities in a variety of industries including: chemical, petrochemical, refining, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, power generation, utilities, food and beverage, and water treatment. In many instances, process operators will interface with other technical personnel, such as maintenance electricians, instrument technicians, chemical laboratory technicians, plant engineers, industrial trainers and managers.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • AMATH 111 *Applied Technical Math5 credits

    This course introduces concepts of plane geometry and right triangle trigonometry, and develops further the elements of algebra in applications for technical professions. Unit conversions in Metric and English systems, Scientific notations, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions are extensively reviewed. Textbook and Scientific or Graphing calculator required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 098.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aTOOMEY BOpenings: 8
  • PTEC 101Introduction to Process Technology5 credits

    In this course students will study various aspects of the Process Industry, including its history; roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the Process Technician; team dynamics; basic physics and chemistry; safety, and quality management. In addition, the course will cover basic components of the Process Industry environment, such as piping and valves; tanks, drums, and vessels; pumps and compressors; steam turbines; electricity and motors; heat exchangers; cooling towers and fans; furnaces and boilers; distillation columns; process control instrumentation; process utilities and auxiliary systems; and process print reading.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 and MATH 098 (AMATH 111 can be a co-requisite with PTEC 101)

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-11:30aCORY SOpenings: 18
  • PTEC 102Process Technology Equipment5 credits

    The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the equipment and tools used in the process industry, including piping, tubing, hoses and fittings; valves; pumps; compressors; turbines; motors and engines; power transmission and lubrication; heat exchangers; cooling towers; furnaces and boilers; filters and dryers; vessels; and process diagrams. Students will be introduced to many process related equipment concepts, such as purpose, components, operation, and the Process Technician’s role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 101 and MATH 098 (co-requisite with PTEC 101)

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh12:00p-3:30pGRUBB ROpenings: 20
  • Quarter 2
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 11
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aZAMORA AOpenings: 1
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 0
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 22
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MOpenings: 6
    9/19-12/8Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 17
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 14
  • CTE 108Job Skills1 credits

    This course provides students with the foundation for job preparation and job searching. Students will identify their qualifications for their chosen career; identify what employers look for in strong candidates; build resumes and cover letters; gain tips on completing applications; job and informational interviewing; as well as job searching, professional networking, and tips for setting up a successful career. This is a hybrid course that includes a combination of face-to-face and online instruction. It is important that students should have skills in Microsoft Word before enrolling in this course.

    Prerequisite:
    Students should have skills in Microsoft Office before enrolling in this course.

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/4M11:35a-12:25pSEAY BOpenings: 24
    9/21-12/7Th 3:40p-4:40pGRUBB ROpenings: 12
  • PTEC 103Safety, Health & Environment I5 credits

    In this course, students will study industrial hazards types, including physical, chemical, ergonomic, and biological. Within these four general types, specific agents, causative factors, and effects will be identified along with controls, alarms, and detection systems. The course will focus on hazardous chemicals found in the process industry.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 and PTEC 102

    Future Offerings
    9/25-12/4M 3:40p-6:40pCORY SOpenings: 21
  • PTEC 104Process Drawings2 credits

    In this course students will study various process drawings such as a Process Flow Diagram (PFD) and Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID). This course will cover how to read detailed diagrams in the process industry which shows the piping and vessels in the process flow, together with the instrumentation and control devices. Students will use these drawings to analyze process flows, equipment, isolation valves, instrumentation and process control loops. Additionally, students will use process diagrams for determining safe isolation procedures.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 and PTEC 102

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8T 3:40p-4:40pGRUBB ROpenings: 9
  • PTEC 105Process Technology II (Systems)5 credits

    In this course, students will study the interrelation of process equipment and process systems. Specifically, students will be able to arrange process equipment into basic systems; describe the purpose and function of specific process systems; explain how factors affecting process systems are controlled under normal conditions; and recognize abnormal process conditions. In addition, students are introduced to the concept of system and plant economics.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 101 and PTEC 102

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6MW12:00p-3:30pPOTTER BOpenings: 21
     MW12:00p-3:30pPOTTER B
  • Quarter 3
  • CHEM& 110 *Chemical Concepts w/Lab5 credits

    This course is a broad overview of chemistry concepts useful to technical program education. Topics include basic atomic theory, chemical bonding, solutions, organic chemistry, hydrocarbon reactions, analytical separations, gasses, thermodynamics, and intermolecular forces.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or MATH 099 or AMATH111 with a "C" grade or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF 9:00a-11:00aMILLER AOpenings: 21
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aHOFFMAN COpenings: 13
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aGERNAND JOpenings: 5
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pGERNAND JOpenings: 8
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 12
    9/19-12/8Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 6
  • PTEC 110Process Instrumentation5 credits

    In this course, students will study process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit, and control these variables. The course also introduces students to control loops and the elements that are found in different types of loops, such as controllers, regulators, and final control elements. The course concludes with a study of instrumentation drawings and diagrams along with a unit on troubleshooting instrumentation.

    Prerequisite:
    PTEC 103 and PTEC 105 and AMATH 111 or Instructor Permission

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-11:30aGRUBB ROpenings: 18
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS48 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program has rolling admission.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Algebra score of 75 or a C grade in Math 098.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.
  • CAP 101 with C grade or higher OR passing scores in the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) test battery or successful completion of Digitools or Tech Connections completed at Whatcom County high schools.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will demonstrate a knowledge of the typical hazards found in process plants, basic PPE, and requirements of regulating bodies regarding safety, health, and environmental issues (OSHA, DOT, EPA). Example: Worker-Right-to-Know, PSM, RMP, RCRA, and Clean Air Act).
  • Graduates will be able to apply mathematics, physics, and chemistry in the Process Technology field. Graduates will obtain the ability to link their knowledge to applications such as the nature of heat, chemical reactions, boiling points, vapor pressure, and electrical currents.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the typical organizational structures, economics and quality controls; fundamentals of refining and power generation processes.
  • Graduates will be able to perform core functions and principles of operation of typical process industry equipment such as pumps, compressors, filters and dryers, lubricating systems, valves and piping systems, and process plant instrumentation systems (from an operations viewpoint).
  • Graduates will know the principles and typical operation of electronic control systems (DCS).
  • Graduates will have the ability to operate simulated DCS process control systems Effectively.

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Ronald Grubb

Area of Instruction


Process Technology

Degrees and Certifications


B.S., Administrative Management Studies, Excelsior College, Albany NY

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8584
rgrubb@btc.edu
McArdle Center (DMC) - Room 106


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Paul Hill

Area of Instruction


Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Business Management, University of South Florida

Certificate, TAFE Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Australian Vocational Education Development Center

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


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Bioproducts Certificate

Through an Interagency Agreement under a USDA grant, BTC offers the opportunity to complete a Bioproducts Short Certificate from Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) and use the classes a credits toward a BTC Process Technology degree. Student will enroll tuition-free at WWCC for these classes and receive a scholarship that can be applied to costs at BTC. Classes are taken online with a practical assessment conducted at BTC.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS106 credits

Program Entry Information

These WWCC classes are only open to enrolled Process Technology students. For an opportunity to take these classes, contact the Process Technology faculty directly.

Program Outcomes