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Industrial Technology - Process Operations

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Industrial Technology - Process Operations, AAS Degree - Official Program Planner

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Many northern Minnesota industries anticipate that over one-third of their highly-skilled technical workforce will retire by 2020. Process operations training will be needed to replace these positions and prepare for the expected industrial expansion in the Northern Minnesota region. From a national standpoint, US manufacturers currently have 600,000 unfilled technical positions due to a lack of qualified skilled workers (according to a report by the National Association of Manufacturers).

The Process Operations program at Itasca Community College trains 21st 
century employees to meet the expectations of the power generation, pulp and paper, biochemistry, manufacturing, food processing and petrochemical industries (as well as other industries that rely on skilled process operators). Through the program, students gain the skills necessary to be safe and effective in an industrial environment as well as a fundamental knowledge base of mechanics, computer science, and applied math. The program emphasizes the communication, critical thinking, and teamwork skills that employers demand from the 21st century industrial technician.

Program Structure & Industry Partnerships

This program trains and motivates future industrial technicians through a structured learning community that is coached through a condensed 1.5 year curriculum. Our relationships with industry partners allow students the experience of site visits and capstone projects; and students are taught by industry-based instructors. The curriculum is industry-driven and remains responsive to regional fluctuations by taking advantage of strong industry ties.

The areas of student development and assessment include:

  1. Technical knowledge (what students will know)
  2. Professionalism (who students are), and 
  3. Process awareness (what students can do)

For more information, interested students may contact:

Jill Murray

Process Operations Program Coordinator 

Bill Marshall
Director of Enrollment Services