Process Technology

VC’s Process Technology Program offers a one year certificate and/or a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in process technology. This program prepares students for a career as a process technician or operator.

Process technicians gather information using instruments that monitor process conditions such as pressure, temperature, level, and flow rates. They operate lab equipment to keep their plants running safely and efficiently, along with ensuring the efficient production of products that meet customer specifications.

As a process technician or operator, you may work both indoors and outdoors alongside chemical engineers, maintenance personnel, and other professionals. You will be expected to use your knowledge of computers, math, physics, and chemistry to monitor and troubleshoot plant operations. Strong communications skill are also required, as you will need the ability to write, give oral presentations, and exercise effective listening skills in order to succeed as a process technician.

Upon successful completion of the Process Technology Program, you will be prepared to work as a process technician in any of the various local industries, including petrochemical plants and refineries, oil and gas production, and powergeneration.

Contact Us

Don McLain
Industrial Programs - Department Chair
Phone: (361) 582-2506

Fred Chastain
Process Technology Instructor
Phone: (361) 582-2568

Lawrence Wick
Process Technology Instructor
Phone: (361) 573-3291 x3289

Linda Soto
Administrative Assistant III - Career and Technical Education
Phone: (361) 573-3291 x3436

Degree Plan

Process Technology Certificate
AAS Degree - Process Technology

Coursework includes:

  • Introduction to process technology
  • Safety, health and environment
  • Process instrumentation
  • Process troubleshooting

You may also choose to combine your AAS degree with the core curriculum and then transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to this degree programs, VC’s Workforce & Continuing Education Department also offers a number of Industrial Training courses.


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