Control Systems Technician, Process Systems Technology (Technical Certificate)

Award: Technical Certificate
Program of Study:  Process Systems Technology
Specialization: Control Systems Technician
Program Code: 1114

About This Program . . .

The Process Technology Program will prepare students for entry level employment as process operators or technicians. A process operator/technician is a key member of a team of people responsible for planning, analyzing, and controlling the production of products from the acquisition of raw materials through the production and distribution of products to customers in a variety of process industries.

This program will provide the student with an understanding of process equipment and its principles of operation and control. The graduate will understand the technical aspects of the work, the responsibilities of the work and the importance of safety in this vitally important, shift-oriented position. The industries interested in the graduates from the program include, but are not limited to, oil exploration and production, mining and mineral processing, petroleum product manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, pharmaceutical production, food and beverage, electric power generation, drinking water treatment, and wastewater treatment.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC technical certificate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in communication fluency, quantitative fluency, specialized knowledge/applied learning, and critical thinking. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply business communication using listening, verbal and written and electronic forms that are needed for entry level employment. (Communication Fluency)
  2. Apply mathematical and applied physics concepts for industry to meet employment requirements. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Research, evaluate, synthesize and apply information/data relevant to business, sciences and technical careers. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology, symbols, business practices, and principles and application of technical skills. (Specialized Knowledge)
  5. Perform the necessary applied skill sets to fulfill the needs of entry level employment. (Applied Learning)
  6. Demonstrate ethical, civic and work place responsibility as part of professional behavior. (Specialized Knowledge)

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Institutional Certificate Requirements

The following institutional requirements apply to all CMU or WCCC Technical Certificates. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • Consists of 5-59 semester hours.
  • Consists of 100-200 level courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the credit hours must be taken at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A grade lower than “C” will not be counted toward meeting the requirements.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed twenty-five percent of the semester credit hours required for a technical certificate.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Certificate Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and certificate requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Program Specific Certificate Requirements

(16 semester hours)

PROS 100Introduction to Process Technology3
PROS 110Safety, Health and Environment (not currently offered)3
PROS 117Electronics I3
PROS 120Process Technology I: Equipment4
PROS 130Instrumentation (not currently offered)3
Total Semester Credit Hours16

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a certificate. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and discussing the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended certificate.

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a certificate and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their certificate requirements (for one-semester certificates, complete in the first week of class):

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.