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Process Technology

High-paying jobs await at factories, refineries, water treatment plants and other companies!

Is Process Technology right for you?

The Process Technology (P-Tech) program at Coastline Community College is a one to two-year program. Students need to possess strong interpersonal skills, be self-motivated and be willing to learn technical skills that will be needed to succeed in Process Technology. The courses are offered online and our instructors all work in the industry. Our industry partners are looking forward to provide internships, interview and potentially hire our Process Technology graduates. Coastline Community College is offering an A.A. degree in Process Technology as well as two certificates.

Process and Chemical Technology

Process technology takes raw materials like oil and natural gas, breaks them down, and then combines and refines them to make everything from traditional fuel to the newest forms of portable power. Chemical technology picks up where process technology leaves off; it analyzes chemicals for purity of ingredients once they've been processed.

The Process Technology (P-Tech) program at Coastline Community College prepares you to become refinery, chemical and related industry operators. Process technicians are skilled plant operators who work for refining, power generation, water, oil, waste management, food manufacturing and other related manufacturing companies. Process technicians work with the latest computer control systems, work outdoors taking samples and monitor equipment, and solve problems in a collaborative environment.

What you will learn in the program...

In Coastline's P-Tech program, you will learn the fundamental principles of process technology including process chemistry, principles of equipment operation, troubleshooting skills, communication skills, safety and environmental principles, and many other practical applications for all the knowledge and skills you learned that you thought you'd never have a use for.

Job Opportunities For P-Tech Students

Process technologists operate equipment and systems associated with the chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry, pulp/paper industry, gas and oil exploration and production, oil refining, power generation, water and waste water treatment, and the food and beverage industry to name a few. As more and more industries are automated the demand for trained process technologists continues to increase at an unprecedented rate.

Salaries start in the neighborhood of $50k per year and can easily surpass $100k per year in a short period of time.

For example, according to, a Refinery Operator I can expect a base salary range of $46,950 to $55,334.

A Refinery Operator II can expect a base salary of $54,275 to $66,050.

In the Southern California area, job opportunities for those trained in Process Technology are available at companies such as Chevron, Shell, and Tesoro.

*Source: figures reported based on zip code 92708


You can choose to earn an A.A. degree with an emphasis in Process Technology, or a Certificate of Achievement in Process Technology. Your Certificate of Achievement in Process Technology demonstrates to a potential employer that you have a base level of knowledge about process technology that will allow you to quickly become a productive employee in any of the following industries:

  • Refinery
  • Power Generation
  • Water
  • Oil
  • Waste Management
  • Food Manufacturing and more!

When you finish the program

When you complete the P-Tech program at Coastline, you're ready to get a job in the industry. The basic knowledge and skills learned in this program can be applied on the job. When practicing and perfecting your skills at a specific plant or company, under specific process conditions, you'll soon become an expert process technologist.

Applicable Fields

  • Aerospace Technology
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Construction Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Technology
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Marine Technology
  • Microtechnology and Nanotechnology
  • Process and Chemical Technology
  • Transportation Technology
  • Aerospace Technology

Access the college catalog for specific information regarding courses, certificates, and pathways to professional advancement!

Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure

Use the link below to view Coastline Community Colleges Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits, and potential employment options of our certificate programs.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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