The Chemical Process Industries (CPI) are a major part of U.S. business and represent a diverse industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to large-scale processing of gasoline and waste water treatment and food and beverage. Working in the CPI represents a particular challenge with regard to handling materials, which range from small quantities of specialized products to large quantities of potentially hazardous materials.
Process Technicians (PTs) team with engineers and other technicians with specialties such as instrumentation, electronics, or maintenance to adjust and optimize conditions for the production of large quantities of products. The quality of the production is dependent on the skill and knowledge of the Process Technician in carrying out the operations of the plant. PTs must be concerned with issues such as personal and co-worker safety, impact of materials on the environment, and process skills that deal with all aspects of controlling processes and maintaining equipment.
CPI is the fourth largest manufacturing industry in the United States. It encompasses plants manufacturing an almost endless range of products, such as chemicals, (both organic and inorganic), food and beverages, cleaning preparations, plastics, agricultural chemicals, paints, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, power generation, pulp and paper, petroleum refi ning and wastewater treatment, to name just a few.
The LATTC Process Technology program is a member of the California Chemical and Process Technology Alliance (CCPTA) and the Pacifi c Technology Career Alliance, an education/industry consortia of major chemical industries both public and privates. The CCPTA was founded for the purpose of ensuring that Process Technology instructors and students are on the receiving end of current industry analytical methods, techniques, equipment and standards. The Alliance is also committed to providing a well skilled employee pool for chemical industry employment opportunities.
The Alliance is also committed to providing a well skilled employee pool for chemical industry employment opportunities. At the conclusion of this program, students will have the skills necessary for:
- Working in the refinery, biomanufacturing, petrochemical and other process industry, including treatment plants
- Monitoring safety/health and environmental regulations
- Sampling and handling chemical materials
- Measuring physical properties
- Operating and maintaining process instruments and equipment
- Understanding process operations using P&IDs and associated documents
- Troubleshooting process operations