Process Technology

Process technicians and operators manage and control the flows, levels, temperatures, pressures, and analytical variables in refineries and petro- chemical facilities to make the fuels, chemicals, and plastics that make modern society possible. Occupations at this level generally require more than twelve months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships that may last up to four years and short- term intensive employer-sponsored training that workers must success- fully complete. Manager-level positions generally require completion of a degree program consisting of at least four years but not more than five years of full-time equivalent academic work.

(Source: Texas Workforce Commission)

Description 2013 Jobs 2016 Jobs
(Projected)
Median Pay
(Hourly)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Industrial Machinery Mechanics 17,160 19,672 $24.32 $14.92 $36.36
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 2,563 2,728 $18.99 $11.41 $32.64
Maintenance and Repairers 37,552 39,659 $16.04 $9.96 $26.51
Industrial Production Managers 4,978 5,176 $51.15 $29.24 $95.21

*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included.
Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2013.4 Class of Worker BETA. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.

Process Technology

Programs of Study

  • Associate of Applied Science, Process Technology – PT2
  • Associate of Applied Science, Manufacturing Engineering Technology – MEA2
  • Associate of Applied Science, High School Articulation – PT2
  • Certificate of Completion, Process Technology – PT1

General Requirements

Moderate- or long-term on-the-job training: Occupations at this level generally require more than 12 months of on-the-job training or combined work experience and formal classroom instruction for workers to develop the skills needed for average job performance. This category includes formal and informal apprenticeships that may last up to 4 years and short- term intensive employer-sponsored training that workers must successfully complete. Individuals undergoing training are generally considered to be employed in the occupation. Includes occupations in which workers may gain experience in non-work activities, such as professional athletes who gain experience through participation in athletic programs in academic institutions. Manager-level positions generally require completion of a degree program consisting of at least 4 years but not more than 5 years of full-time equivalent academic work. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)