“Why should I consider a degree in process technology?”
Do you want a high-paying career that allows you to live in Alaska, work in an interesting and exciting environment, and only require two years of post-secondary (college) education? Are you math and science-minded and interested in learning skills that can be transferred to non-Slope environments? Then process technology could be for you!
Job duties for workers in process technology (PTEC) include: maintaining and monitoring equipment, supervising computer control, assigning maintenance to technicians, and maintaining safe work areas.
The salary for an entry-level process technician ranges from $50,000 to $75,000.
Process Technology Scholarships
There are a number of scholarship opportunities for students interested in pursuing a PTEC degree. Financial assistance for students to pursue education is available through several major oil & gas companies.
APICC is proud to administer the Alaska BP Process Technology Scholarship Program. Each year, BP awards scholarships for students enrolled in or intending to register in one of the PTEC Degree programs through the University of Alaska. Degree programs are offered through three UA campuses, including: Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) in Soldotna; KPC Anchorage Extension Site at the University Center in Anchorage; and at UAF Community and Technical College located at the Pipeline Training Center in Fairbanks.
For more information and scholarship applications, please visit the BP Process Technology Scholarship page.
Process Technology Programs in Alaska
For more information about the specific degree programs, please visit the links below.
Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) offers PTEC Degree program courses at the following KPC Campuses: Kenai River Campus, Soldotna; Anchorage Extension Site, University Center in Anchorage; and Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer.
The PTEC Degree is delivered through the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Community and Technical College. The courses are taught at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center, 3600 Cartwright Court, just off Peger Road.
Students interested in Process Technology careers in a specific field may consider taking courses tailored to their field of interest. Electives and other industry-specific courses are available through the University of Alaska System, as well as other post-secondary providers.
The North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) is an organization of the Process Technology (PTEC) education providers and their business, industry, and community advisers cooperatively working toward their common goals.
The NAPTA is the standard–bearer of the PTEC curriculum. The NAPTA audits PTEC degree programs in North America and endorses those that meet its criteria. Several colleges have received the NAPTA endorsement, including the programs offered through the University of Alaska System.
Straight from Process Technology Students
Several Alaska PTEC students took the time to explain some of Process Technology concepts to us at the APICC Annual Meeting. The following videos will help you to understand the wide range of skills involved in the day to day work of Process Technicians, and that are taught in the classroom and reinforced in the field. Please watch the short series of videos to learn more.