Process Plant Technology Program

Find a job that requires this degree by visiting Career Coach!The Process Plant Technology program is a program that introduces students to a wide variety of process plant technologies and troubleshooting techniques. This includes plant equipment and instrumentation. Plant processes such as fermentation, distillation, dehydration, evaporation, plant cooling, and plant heating are also part of the course study. The Process Plant Technology Program also gives the students exposure to the chemical side of process plants. This is achieved with an applied chemistry course emphasizing plant laboratory analysis and general chemistry understanding. Other areas included, that greatly increase the student’s knowledge, are emissions, piping and instrumentation diagrams, material balance and Distributed Control Systems (DCS). A majority of the knowledge gained in the program is through hands-on classroom labs, projects, and field trips. Textbooks are chosen to encompass new technologies as they emerge.

Completion of these courses, which were industry driven, will enable an operator to be gainfully employed at the many new and growing process plants that have become a vital part of our state and national economy. Graduates will understand the many systems that are intertwined and how they are ultimately controlled.

Course Schedule

Process Plant Technology A.A.S. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAT-150 Discrete Math*
3.0
ELE-111 AC Fundamentals
3.0
ELE-114 DC Fundamentals
3.0
IND-110 CPR, First Aid, and OSHA
1.0
BPT-300 Intro to Process Technology
4.0
BPT-305 Technical Diagrams
2.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
IND-106 Industrial Pumps and Drive Systems
2.0
CHT-105 Applied Chemistry*
4.0
BPT-129 Distillation and Evaporation Theory
3.0
BPT-315 Process Steam and Heating
3.0
BPT-320 Process Cooling Systems
2.0
BPT-335 Basic Fermentation
2.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-113 Process Instrumentation
3.0
BPT-310 Material Balance
2.0
BPT-325 Emission Control Systems
2.0
BPT-340 Advanced Process Technology
4.0
CSC-125 Microsoft Fundamentals
2.0
XXX-XXX Communication Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ELE-195 Motor Control
3.0
IND-184 Mechanical Processes
2.0
IND-185 Predictive and Preventative Maintenance
2.0
BPT-331 DCS and SCADA Control Systems
2.0
PHY-184 Applied Physics*
4.0
XXX-XXX Social Science/Humanities Elective*
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0
 
Process Technology A.A.S Degree Hours: 69.0

Optional

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BUS-113 Workplace Readiness
1.5
ELE-932 Internship
4.0

*Course must be chosen or substituted from either A.A., A.S., or Approved General Education list for Applied Science and Technology.

Process Plant Operator Diploma

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MAT-150 Discrete Math*
3.0
ELE-111 AC Fundamentals
3.0
ELE-114 DC Fundamentals
3.0
BPT-300 Intro to Process Technology
4.0
BPT-335 Basic Fermentation
2.0
BPT-305 Technical Diagrams
2.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ELE-195 Motor Control
3.0
CHT-105 Applied Chemistry*
4.0
BPT-315 Process Steam and Heating
3.0
BPT-320 Process Cooling Systems
2.0
IND-110 CPR, First Aid, and OSHA
1.0
BPT-129 Distillation and Evaporation Theory
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 
Process Plant Operator Diploma Hours: 33.0

*Course must be chosen or substituted from either A.A., A.S., or Approved General Education list for Applied Science and Technology.

Instructors

Phyllis Minnihan 515-574-1903 minnihan@iowacentral.edu