Process Plant Courses

PPT 101 Fundamentals of Processing Technology Lecture
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk)
Introduces the student to the fundamentals of process/refinery technology.  Areas covered are the mechanics of fluids, hydrocarbons, gases, heat, and chemistry.  The student realizes how each plays a significant role in the refining distillation process.


PPT 102 Fundamentals of Process Technology Laboratory
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  PPT 101.
Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 101.

PPT 120 Environmental Awareness
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)
Provides the student with the history behind certain environmental policies, the creation of OSHA, and key environmental issues.  Provides learning in treatment processes, waste water units, vapor recovery systems, cleanup, and an overview of the specialty equipment necessary for an ecologically sound process plant.

PPT 130 Process Diagrams for Process Technology
2 cr.  (1 lec/2 lab/wk)
Provides the student with an introduction in the use of process flow and instrument drawings.  Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with using P&ID (Process and Instrument Drawings) drawings in the course of their work as process technicians.  In addition, students will obtain the skills necessary to produce process flow diagrams.

PPT 135 Instrument and Control Systems Lecture
4 cr. (4 lec/wk)  Prerequisites:  PPT 101 & 130, TRID 185.
Familiarizes the student with the vocabulary surrounding the instrument and control field as well as examining the function of each instrument.  The topics of process measurements, analytical instrumentation, process controls, and instrument systems are also covered in this course.

PPT 136 Instrument and Control Systems Laboratory
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  PPT 135.
Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 135.

PPT 151 Process Plant Safety I
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)
Examines the regulatory safety programs instituted by OSHA and other regulatory agencies which are specific to the processing industry.  Covers a variety of topics such as hazards safety, personal protective equipment, emergency response and safe work practices.

PPT 161 Process Plant Safety II
2 cr.  (1 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  PPT 151.
Provides the student with detailed instruction in the field of safety and health within the Process industry.  In this course, the student will complete an in-depth study in the use of gas detection equipment, the use of the permitting system including lock out/tag out, the use of OSHA logs, the use of advanced safety equipment, and study the importance of industrial hygiene in an industrial setting.

PPT 175 Process Plant Sciences Lecture
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  PPT 101.
Provides the fundamentals necessary for an in-depth look at the distillation process.  Examines the concepts of heat and thermodynamics, as well as the chemical bonds, organic chemistry, the periodic table and hydrocarbon concepts.  Gives students the necessary tools for a better understanding of the process taking place in the refining and power industries.

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PPT 176 Process Plant Sciences Laboratory
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  PPT 175.
Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 175.

PPT 207 Boilers, Accessories and Basic Operations
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)
Offers an introduction to boiler equipment, controls, and systems.  Instruction includes the function and operation of all major components and control devices, common troubleshooting problems, and common maintenance concerns.

PPT 208 Equipment and Operations Laboratory
2 cr.  (4 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  PPT 210.
Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 210.

PPT 210 Equipment and Operations Lecture
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  PPT 175.
Covers the equipment necessary for the operation of a process/refining plant.  A few topics of discussion include pumps, compressors, valves, heat exchangers, distillation towers, cooling towers, as well as auxiliary systems.  Some of the operations principles reviewed are pneumatics, boilers, hydraulic functions, furnace processes, reactor systems, and distillation.  Reading process flows and instrument diagrams is also included.

PPT 211 Advanced Operations Lecture
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  PPT 210.
Introduces the student to actual refining processes, taking an in-depth look at each process, as well as the unit variables, equipment, critical control areas, product and unit specific safety considerations.  Various types of processes are discussed, including Fluid Catalytic Cracking, Alkylation, Catalytic Reforming, De-sulfurization, Crude/Vacuum Systems, Amine, Coking, and Hydro treating.  The course is also designed to provide classroom time balanced with field review of the various processes.

PPT 212 Advanced Operations Laboratory
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  PPT 211.
Provides students exposure to major concepts of industry through hands-on laboratory investigations and application of principles learned in PPT 211.

PPT 220 Quality Control Practices
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  Prerequisites:  PPT 210, BGEN 105.
Provides the student with an overview of the field of quality within the Process industry.  Within this course, students will be introduced to many industry-related quality concepts including operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, team skills, and statistical process control (SPC).

PPT 225 Plant Investigation and Troubleshooting
2 cr.  (1 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  PPT 210.
Provides the student with an overview of the various troubleshooting models used by process technicians.  Process troubleshooting involves different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems.  Topics include application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships, and reasoning.  The student is exposed to many different trouble situations similar to those encountered in the process plant experience.  The student is taught a systematic way to solve problems, using measured process variables and personal knowledge of how they affect each other (cause and effect).

PPT 292 Seminar
V1-3 cr.
Provides students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of process plant technology.

PPT 293 Workshop
V1-3 cr.
Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of process plant technology.

PPT 296 Cooperative Education /Internship
V1-9 cr.  (45 hours/credit)
Provides university credit for a sophomore experience in the area of Process Plant Technology, supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).


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