Industrial Process Operator A.A.S.

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Minimum Requirements for Industrial Process Operator A.A.S.: 60 credits

Students must earn a C grade or better in each program-required course. 

Students must earn a C- grade or better in all other courses.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
A.A.S. Degree Requirements
Complete the A.A.S. degree requirements.15
Industrial Process Operator Program Requirements
Physical Science
Complete one of the following:4
Energy and Society
Physical Sciences
College Physics I
College Physics II
or 4 credits of program coordinator–approved natural science courses
Complete one of the following:4
Chemistry in Complex Systems
Introduction to General Chemistry
Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic
or 4 credits of program coordinator-approved natural science courses
Complete the following:
PRT F101Introduction to Process Technology3
PRT F110Introduction to Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Awareness3
PRT F130Process Technology I: Equipment4
PRT F140Industrial Process Instrumentation I3
PRT F144Industrial Process Instrumentation II3
PRT F230Process Technology II: Systems4
PRT F231Process Technology III: Operations4
PRT F250Process Troubleshooting3
PRT F255Quality Concepts for the Process Industry1
Complete 9 credits from the following or program coordinator-approved courses:9
Surface Mine Safety
Surface Mining Operations
Introduction to Mining Systems and Equipment
Introduction to Mineral Beneficiation
Computer Business Applications
Basic Electronics: DC Physics
Basic Electronics: AC Physics
Electronic Industrial Instrumentation
Water Quality Management for Process Industries
Oil and Gas Exploration and Production I
Industrial Process Instrumentation III
Valve Maintenance and Instrumentation
Process Technology Internship
Total Credits60

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are measurable statements that describe knowledge or skills achieved by students upon completion of the program.

Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of maintaining a safe workplace. In addition, the graduate will understand that a process must be operated in compliance with regulatory requirements and within engineering limits. Upon completion of the program, they will be able to create or follow safe operating procedures for basic process units.
  • Demonstrate an ability to start up process equipment, shut down process equipment, monitor process equipment, and identify and correct abnormal operating conditions.
  • Maintain accurate and meaningful records of process events. They will be able to interpret event records to determine any changes required for safe operation of a process.
  • Read and correctly interpret P&ID drawings for basic processes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of process equipment such as piping, valves, vessels, tanks, heat exchangers, pumps, compressors, and boilers and heaters.