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Process Technology-Petroleum Specialty
Associate of Applied Science Degree. Certificate.

Gulf Coast Process Technology Alliance “Endorsed College”
Eastman Chemical Company Texas Operations “Validated Partnership”

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Process Technology- Petroleum

The ability to understand, operate, shut down, analyze and troubleshoot petroleum-related processes.


What are expected opportunities
and entry-level salaries?

Petroleum process technicians are key to the production, operation, and distribution of petroleum products in East Texas and in other petroleum-producing parts of the U.S. Members of the petroleum industry have partnered with Kilgore College to design this Process/Petroleum Speciality degree. Demand for petroleum process technicians provides an excellent rate of placement for graduates of the degree. Starting wages for this degree range between $40,000 to $42,000 annually, with excellent benefits.

What type of program does
Kilgore College offer?

Kilgore College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) in process/petroleum technology. The program prepares graduates to maintain safe and environmentally sound work practices, and perform duties in a cost-effective manner in support of petroleum industry business goals.

The program also readies graduates to demonstrate technical knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

• Computer applications
• Instrumentation systems
• Pipeline operations
• Pipeline production
• Process systems
• Quality and safety
• Refining and petrochemical industry equipment

What are the characteristics of
a good process technician?

Process petroleum technicians and operators must be self motivated, make good economic decisions,and possess a basic understanding of mechanical systems. They should have a good driving record, communication and computer skills and the ability to use instruments/tools related to the industry. Technicians must be able to work outdoors, perform tasks requiring good mental and physical aptitude, understand regulations pertaining to the industry, and be part of emergency response efforts should the need arise.

Which industries utilize process technology?

• Chemical manufacturing
•Food and beverage
• Mining
• Oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, and refining
• Pharmaceuticals
• Power generation
• Pulp and paper
• Water and waste water treatment

What are the advantages of Kilgore College?

• Scholarships are available
• Financial assistance for those who qualify
• Low tuition and fees
• Job placement service
• Convenient location
• Instructors with practical experience
• Small classes
• Hands-on training

New! Take a Process Technology career Self-Quiz to see if this field is a good match for you!

Kilgore College is a Good Choice!

Kilgore college Process Technology Program has met the prescribed requirements of the high standards and goals for excellence and recognized as an “Endorsed College” by the Gulf Coast Process Technology Alliance (GCPTA).

Kilgore College Process Technology Program has been recognized as having a “Validated Partnership” with Eastman Chemical Company Texas Operations.

Kilgore College is the region’s leading provider of technical education, and works closely with business and industry to develop state-of-the-art educational programs. Caring, qualified instructors, low tuition and a variety of student support systems mean that you will get a quality education that will prepare you for success in your career.

Download Process Technology - Petroleum Specialty Brochure (PDF)

For more information?

» Contact Information

Dewey Greer

Process Technology Instructor
Phone: (903) 988-7414 or (903) 983-8637
Fax: (903) 983-8175
Location: M. Kenneth Whitten Applied Technology Center (AT)

Bobby Key
Process Technology Instructor
Phone: (903) 983-8294
Fax: (903) 988-7539
Location: M. Kenneth Whitten Applied Technology Center (AT)


Program qualifies for the Texas Two-Step Project.
Credits will apply towards a bachelor's degree.




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