Industrial Process Operator Program

Program Plan

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Industrial Process Operator Program
1.0 - 3.0 credits IPOP-105: SPIN: (Special Interest)
Course is designed to address a variety of subjects required to meet the needs of lifelong learning students. Not available for transfer nor applicable as an elective.
Offered: DMND Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-110: Intro to Process Technology
Introduces students to energy plant operations. Topics include: Process technician duties, responsibilities and expectations, plant organizations, industrial economics, plant process and utility systems, and the physical and mental requirements of the process technician.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-130: Safety, Health & Environment
Develop knowledge and skills to reinforce the attitudes and behaviors required for safe and environmentally sound work habits. There will be an emphasis on safety, health and environmental issues in the performance of all job tasks and regulatory compliance issues.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-133: Process Technology I-Equipment
Instructs students on the usage of common process equipment. The student will use appropriate terminology and identify process equipment components such as piping and tubing, valves, pumps, compressors, turbines, motors and engines, heat exchangers, cooling towers, heaters and furnaces, boilers, filters and dryers, and vessels. Included are the basic functions, scientific principles and symbols. Students will identify components on typical Process Flow Diagrams and Piping and Instrument Diagrams.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-135: Maintenance Overview for Operators
Introduces the maintenance of equipment that utilizes mechanical, electrical and instrumentation concepts. Topics include: hand tools, bearing fundamentals, equipment lubrication, material handling, electrical safety, battery systems, diagrams, electrical production and distribution, transformers, breakers, switches, AC and DC motors, motor controllers and operations, and introduction to automation and instrumentation.
Prerequisites: Take IPOP-110, IPOP-130, and IPOP-133.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-160: Intro to Instrumentation
Covers the varied instruments and instrument systems used in the process industry. This includes process variables, elements and instruments of pressure, level, flow, temperature and analytical devices, control loops, controllers, final control elements, Process Flow Diagrams, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams and instrumentation troubleshooting.
Prerequisites: Take IPOP-110,IPOP-130, and IPOP-133.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-165: Process Technology II-Systems
Study the interrelation of process equipment and process systems. This includes related scientific principles as applied to power generation, refinery operations and gas processing with a focus on manual operation. The student will arrange process equipment into basic systems; describe the purpose and function of specific process systems; explain how factors affecting process systems are controlled under normal conditions, and recognize abnormal process conditions.
Prerequisites: Take IPOP-110, IPOP-130, and IPOP-133.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-235: Process Technology III-Ops
Continuing from IPOP 165 Process Systems I, this second semester course will deal in more complex process systems and their interdependency with a focus on automatic control. Students will be introduced to the use of Programmable Logic Controllers and Distributed Control Systems as they apply to refinery, gas plant and power plant operations.
Prerequisites: Take IPOP-135, IPOP-160, and IPOP-165.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-261: Distributed Control Systems
Teaches students to perform typical control room operational procedures. Students will learn to operate the Distributed Control System through the use of graphical displays that reflect process conditions. The student will recognize, acknowledge and respond to process alarms. The student will use trends displays to observe variations in process conditions and review historical data.
Prerequisites: Take IPOP-135, IPOP-160, and IPOP-165.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-262: Process Troubleshooting Systems
Instructs the student in the different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods that are used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships, and reasoning. The student will explain steps in troubleshooting models; demonstrate the use of troubleshooting tools; and apply troubleshooting techniques to process problems.
Prerequisites: Take IPOP-135, IPOP-160, and IPOP-165.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-263: Gas Processing & Refining
Study of the major processes used in the gas processing industry. Included are amine sweetening, cryogenic liquids extraction, refrigeration, absorption, dehydration, sulfur recovery, compression, liquids handling, storage and transportation and the major regulatory programs that impact the gas processing industry. Petroleum Refining topics include physical and chemical properties of petroleum products, introduction to major modern refining processes, and operational technology for refining processes.
Prerequisites: Take IPOP-235, IPOP-261, and IPOP-262.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-264: Environmental Processes
Prepares the student for the various environmental process systems. These include but are not limited to the environment, water pollution and air pollution control equipment and treatment. Introduction to boiler water treatment, raw water treatment cooling water treatment, and ion exchange will be covered. The student will also learn about fuel and combustion characteristics, coal, oil and gas handling and flame characteristics and as handling.
Prerequisites: Take IPOP-235, IPOP-261, and IPOP-262.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits IPOP-265: Electrical Power Generation
Introduces the student to the process of generating electricity. Students will summarize electrical distribution systems, power generation, boiler operation and combustion control. They will also be familiarized with fuel systems and fuel preparation equipment as well as the process and support flows related to large industrial turbines, generators, exciters, boilers, water and steam, fuel gases and environmental control equipment. The student will also measure process and component efficiencies and heat rate.
Prerequisites: Take IPOP-235, IPOP-261, and IPOP-262.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
1.0 - 3.0 credits IPOP-295: SPTO: (Special Topics)
Special or specific topic course to meet the needs of students. Topics and credits are announced in the Schedule of Classes. These courses may be used as electives for Associate degree requirements. May be repeated one or more times for additional credit. No more than 6 credits of special topic courses can be used toward a degree.
Offered: DMND Faculty Permission Required

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