San Jacinto College process technology team captures first in the U.S.

05.17.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

The team won first place at the 2017 North American Process Technology Alliance Troubleshooting Competition

PASADENA, Texas – Call them the troubleshooting dream team. San Jacinto College students Christopher Lopez, Hunter Hollis and Landon Duncan, and professor Kenneth Jackson captured first place at the 2017 North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) Troubleshooting Competition.

The team beat out 35 teams from across the United States. They had to successfully troubleshoot and resolve problems with various energy industry-related scenarios using computer-based simulation and virtual plant environment software. Leading up to the event, they spent months training and preparing under the direction of San Jacinto College process technology faculty, with additional support from the College’s Corporate Training for Process Technology and Instrumentation.

“Our coach, Ken Jackson, prepared us throughout the semester,” said Hollis. “After the first round, we knew we came into this competition well prepared. We had to recognize the problems, identify the causes and take corrective action to solve the problems. The team overall did a fantastic job.”

The NAPTA is the standard–bearer of process technology curriculum. The Alliance audits process technology degree programs in North America and endorses those that meet its criteria. Several colleges have received the NAPTA endorsement, including San Jacinto College. The Alliance sponsored the national process technology troubleshooting competition, along with BASF, Bayport Technical, INEOS, Marathon Petroleum Company, Shell Oil Company, Simtronics, Systran Training & Technical and RISC.

“This was our first time to compete in a national process technology troubleshooting competition.” said Kevin Adams, program director of process technology at San Jacinto College. “The students had to first qualify locally to win a spot to nationals. We are very proud of their accomplishment and for representing San Jacinto College as the 2017 national champ in process technology troubleshooting.”

San Jacinto College ranks second in awarding associate degrees in science technologies and technicians, according to Community College Week’s 2016 Top 100 rankings. The process technology program offers exclusive courses unique to San Jacinto College and is nationally recognized for its successful classroom-to-industry workforce pipeline.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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