LSC-Kingwood prepares graduates for careers in process or instrumentation technology.

The energy, manufacturing and construction trades are among the fastest-growing fields in the Houston area.
"In the next five to seven years, a large number of seasoned operators will retire from the chemical and refining industries," said Darrell Mayon, director of the process and instrumentation technology programs at Lone Star College (LSC)-Kingwood. "This will create a great need for skilled process operators and instrumentation technicians, whom we are currently training online and at our state-of-the-art center this spring."
Employers are looking for qualified professionals to handle the increase in demand and the many job openings left by retirees. LSC-Kingwood offers the process technology and instrumentation technology programs via the LSC-Process Technology Center in Generation Park to meet these needs. The programs prepare students to operate and maintain specialized equipment to ensure the process runs efficiently and safely.
"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," Mayon said. "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. Students learn how to maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, repair and replace process instruments in the instrumentation technology program. Both programs prepare graduates for careers in petrochemical plants, refineries, power-generation facilities, pharmaceutical plants and the food and beverage industries.
The process technology and instrumentation technology programs offer a full-time curriculum and day- and night-time courses that include occupational health, safety skills, equipment and troubleshooting, and more," Mayon said.
Methods of learning encompass face-to-face instruction, online simulation software, general and 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.
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