Process Industries Technology: Pulp/Paper/Chemical

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

PCT 105 : Process Technology I, Equipment

This course provides an overview or introduction into the field of process technology equipment within the process industry. Students will be introduced to many process industry related equipment concepts including purpose, components, operation, and Process Technicians’ role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment.

Credits

4

PCT 120 : Pulp Manufacturing Technology

A comprehensive overview of pulp mill operations including pulping, pulp processing and bleaching technology, process variables, equipment, terminology and chemical recovery. Specific topics may include fiber supplies and theirp roperties; wood and chip preparation; Kraft, sulfite, mechanical pulping; equipment; process variables; chemical reactions involved in the pulping and recovery processes; pulp processing including washing, screening, and cleaning;bleaching, chemical recovery (evaporation, combustion, recausticizing). Laboratory experiences will include hands-on or demonstrations of testing chips, pulp, black liquor and white liquor properties. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss the wood pulping processes, from fiber collection and cooking through various methods of washing, bleaching, and recovery.

Credits

3

PCT 122 : Introduction to Process Technology

This course provides a basic orientation for operators in the chemical process industries and introduces many of the terms and ideas which will be encountered in the workplace. Topics include operator roles, responsibilities, expectations, terminology, liabilities, chemistry, physics, basic plant equipment, general product handling, flow diagrams, utility systems, plant organization, and the basics of process control. Upon completion, students should have a general knowledge of the tasks, responsibilities, skills and attitude necessary to be a chemical operator in a process industry.

Credits

3

PCT 132 : Paper and Chemical Processes

This course includes types of cooking equipment, various steps in pulp processing, operating strategies and economics, and many varied steps in the actual manufacture of paper. Topics include steps and processes which do not require the extensive use and understanding of the laws of chemistry. Upon completion, students should be able to draw and follow a basic flow diagram of chips through the cooking/screening/cleaning process and to and through the paper machine.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PCT 111

PCT 135 : Paper Manufacturing Technology

This course includes an overview of paper mill operations, including fiber raw materials (virgin and recycled), stock preparation refining, chemical additives, headbox operations, sheet forming and paper machine wet end operations, twin wire gap and multi ply forming, pressing, drying, machine clothing, calendaring, and winding. Laboratory experiences will include hands on or demonstration of paper properties and tests. Topics include steps and processes which do not require the extensive use and understanding of the laws of chemistry. Upon completion, students should be able to understand papermaking processes and have the ability to interact knowledgeably with process engineers, operators, suppliers, and technicians.

Credits

3

PCT 142 : Industrial Processes

This course provides a familiarization with the general types of processes found in the paper and chemical industries, including distillation, fractionation, absorption, extraction, stripping, washing, screening, cleaning, filtration, drying, evaporation, centrifugation, product blending, and mixing. Topics include generic industrial processes, especially distillation, utilizing computer-based training and simulation to conduct realistic training in control roomoperations. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and appreciate the skills, efforts, communication, and especially the teamwork necessary to operate a successful industrial process.

Credits

3

PCT 154 : Technology and Science of Paper Recycling

This course has been designed to increase the ability to make decisions to improve the paper and board recyclingprocess. Topics to be covered include overview of US paper recycling industry, issues with mixed recycled paper streams, effect of recycling on the fiber characteristics, equipment used in the recycling of paper and optimizing operation ofeach one, image analysis, deinking chemicals, and system design for specific paper grades.

Credits

3

PCT 210 : Environmental Control Technology

An overview of the environmental control technologies associated with the pulp, paper and chemical process industries. Topics include safety of personnel, safe use of resources, raw water treatment methods, air pollution abatement methods and equipment, wastewater treatment methods and equipment, solids disposal methods and equipment, operation of the EPA; compliance with U.S. governmental regulations for all waste streams – air, water, and solids disposal. Upon completion, students should be able to describe common handling methods for various waste disposal streams such as solids handling, liquid effluent treatment systems and gas handling/cleaning systems. Laboratory experiences will include touring and/or operating a waste treatment plant and raw water treatment plant and testing for contaminants in waste streams.

Credits

3

PCT 221 : Unit Operations

This course is an introduction to the equipment and processes used in the paper and chemical industries. Topics include a study of vessels, piping systems, valves, pumps, heat exchanger, and filtering systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of vessels, feed systems, and equipment used in process industries.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PCT 222 : Unit Maintenance

This course is designed to provide instruction in maintenance procedures as applied to pulp/paper and chemicalindustries. The student will study and perform maintenance on piping systems, bearings, boilers, valves, pumps and heatexchangers. The student will also learn proper chemical handling procedures, lubricating techniques, and surfacepreparation practices and techniques.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PCT 231 : Statistical Process Control

This course focuses on statistics and probability and how they apply to control charts with heavy emphasis on the normal curve and its many applications in quality and process control. Emphasis is placed on the development and use of control charts in industry. Upon completion, students should be able to construct and use control charts plus understand and use probability to make better operating decisions.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

MTH 098 or Equivalent Placement Score