Jackson County Campus

Earn a Valuable Degree in Process Operations

About the Program

MGCCC’s Process Operations Technology program is designed to prepare technicians for employment in the diverse field of process operations.

Many students are offered internships, and they will have the opportunity to work in a position related to process technology where they will receive work-related application of their classroom training.

Students graduating from the MGCCC Process Technology Programs will help fill the positions being left open due to growth in the industry and attrition. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the entry level salary for an Operator or Maintenance position is $50,000-$70,000/year.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the is program are prepared for entry-level employment as technicians in operations like:

  • Petroleum Refineries
  • Power Generation Facilities
  • Pharmaceutical Plants
  • Chemical Plants
  • Water and Waste Water Treatment Plants
  • Food and Beverage Processing Plants
  • Offshore Oil Production Facilities
  • Many More

Also, they will have acquired the basic technical skills in equipment and systems and have a broadened vocabulary to make the job-specific learning less difficult.

What Students Will Learn

In addition to required technical skills, students will learn the following skills vital to performing well in the industry today:

  • Team-building skills
  • Safety awareness
  • Environmental awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Working knowledge of state and federal regulations on safety and the environment

Degree Options and Requirements

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is preparatory for employment upon graduation from MGCCC. Where a transfer to 4-year college or university is desired, a conference should be scheduled with a MGCCC advisor.

All students completing a career or technical program must complete either the MS-CPAS (Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System) or an MGCCC Board- approved Technical Skills Attainment assessment where applicable. Students should see an advisor for further details.

All completers in Career Technical programs are required to take an Exit Exam prior to graduation to document academic gain. Graduates of Process Operations Technology are required to take the NOCTI National Certification Exam.

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Process Operations Technology Coursework

For class times, visit the MGCCC class schedules.

Process Operations Certificate

Semester One

Course Credit(s)
PPT 1133 - Intro to Process Technology 3
PPT 1434 - Process Systems 4
PPT 1513 - Safety Health and Environment 3
PPT 1713 - Process Instrumentation I 3
PPT 2113 - Oil and Gas Production I 3

Semester Two

Course Credit(s)
PPT 1413 - Quality Concepts 3
PPT 1424 - Process Equipment 4
PPT 1613 - Technical Communication 3
PPT 2123 - Oil and Gas Production II 3
PPT 2723 - Process Instrumentation II 3

Total Credits: 32

Process Operations Diploma

Semester Three

Course Credit(s)
PHY 2244 - Physical Science I, Lecture and Laboratory 4
PPT 2323 - Process Troubleshooting 3
PPT 2443 - Process Operations 3
Technical Elective 3*

Total Credits: 13

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Semester Four

Course Credit(s)
ENG 1113 / 1114 English Composition I or ENG 1033 Technical English 3/4
SPT 1113 - Public Speaking I 3
Math/Natural Science Elective 3/4**
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

Total Credits: 15/17

Note:

Please refer to “The Credit by Non-Traditional Means” regarding stipulations for receiving articulated credit.

* Any instructor/department chair approved field related elective.

** MAT 1033, MAT 1313 or higher or any laboratory science.