The A.A.S degree in process technology prepares you for employment as an operations technician in the process industry. The process industry includes oil and gas production, mining and milling, transportation and refining, utilities, wastewater treatment and facilities maintenance. These are highly skilled and well paid positions within Alaska and around the world.
The process technology program combines the technical courses you need to become well versed in the process industry with the academic courses you need to obtain your degree and prepare for a successful career. The courses cover topics from pumps and turbines to instrumentation, safety and quality control. A valuable part of the program comes from summer internships provided by British Petroleum, Flint Hills Resources, and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, giving you the opportunity to gain practical experience and exposure to a wide variety of career options. Our instructors bring years of experience from various fields within the processing industry with them to the classroom. In addition to textbook learning and lectures, you will receive training on equipment that is current with industry standards.
The program is operated out of the newly renovated Hutchison Institute of Technology, only minutes from the UAF campus and accessible by shuttle. In addition to textbook learning and classroom lectures, students train and practice on equipment and models that are current with industry standards. The instructors bring with them years of experience from various fields within the processing industry. Class sizes are small to ensure students receive valuable one-on-one interaction with the instructors as well as ample time to work on the equipment.
Process technicians/operators may work in many industries including: oil and gas production; chemical manufacturing; petroleum refining; mining and milling; power generation and utilities; waste and wastewater treatment; and seafood and other food processing industries. Job responsibilities of the process technician include monitoring and controlling process systems; maintaining safe work areas and regulatory compliance; assigning maintenance to craft technicians and coordinating repairs; troubleshooting operations and testing the product for quality ; monitoring the instrumentation and controls associated with their area of responsibility; interfacing with support technicians; and supervising computer or analog automatic control equipment. Technicians may work both indoors and outdoors with process equipment, piping, and material transfers making this an exciting and challenging career choice. Entry-level salary ranges are from $45,000 to $72,000 annually.
The Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC) and the First Alaskans Foundation have scholarships available for Alaska Native students pursuing a degree in process technology. In addition, scholarships are available from British Petroleum for college-bound students as well as those interested in careers in process technology. Scholarship applications are generally due during the spring semester. Visit the APICC website for more information.
Brian Ellingson, Program Coordinator
UAF Community and Technical College
P.O. Box 758080
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775