The energy, manufacturing and construction trades are among the fastest-growing fields in the Houston area.
To meet those needs, the Lone Star College-Kingwood Process Technology and Instrumentation Technology programs train students to work in refineries, petrochemical plants, power generation facilities, pharmaceutical plants, and food and beverage industries.
“The Texas Gulf Coast is home to thousands of producers in various chemical process industries. Those companies provide great salaries for skills in high demand in the community that LSC serves,” said Darrell Mayon, director of the process technology and instrumentation technology. “When our students graduate from either program, they are prepared and competent to work in process technology, instrumentation, and chemical plant operations.”
The Process Technology program trains students on various processes to produce intermediate or final products from raw materials, such as crude oil, petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, plastic materials, and refinery products. In the Instrumentation Technology program, students learn how to maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, repair, and replace process instruments.
“Our graduates learn how to operate and maintain specialized equipment to ensure the process runs efficiently and safely,” Mayon said.
The workforce programs offer a full-time curriculum and day and night-time courses that include occupational health, safety skills, equipment and troubleshooting, and more. Methods of learning encompass online simulation software, general academic coursework, workforce specific coursework, hands-on applied technology, and process training units. Upon completing all courses, students can earn a level II certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree in either Process Technology or Instrumentation Technology.