Curriculum

NAPTA Recommended Course Material

Unless otherwise directed, all material can be ordered at www.captech.org.

Topic Instructor Manuals Student Workbooks
Introduction to Process Technology The purpose of this program is to provide an overview or introduction into the field of Process Operations within the Process Industry. Within this program, you will be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of Process Technicians, the environment in which they work, and the equipment and systems in which they operate. Student activities and handouts from the NAPTA instructor guide are available for purchase
Safety, Health and Environment – Plant Security The purpose of this course is to provide an overview or introduction into the field of Safety, Health and Environment within the Process Industry. Within this course, you will be introduced to various types of plant hazards, safety and environmental systems and equipment, and regulations under which plants are governed. Student activities and handouts from the NAPTA instructor guide are available for purchase.
Instrumentation I The purpose of this course is to provide an overview or introduction into the field of Instrumentation and covers process variables and the various instruments used to sense, measure, transmit and control these variables. This course also introduces the student to control loops and the elements that are found in different types of loops such as controllers, regulators and final control elements. This course concludes with a study of instrumentation drawings and diagrams and a unit on troubleshooting instrumentation. A twenty-four chapter, two-semester textbook, intended for use in community colleges, technical colleges, universities and corporate settings in which process instrumentation is taught. This text includes a variety of topics including control loops, symbology, troubleshooting and safety systems. To order the Instrumentation textbook, please visit Pearson Custom Publishing.
Instrumentation II The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to switches, relays and annunciator systems and moves on to discuss signal conversion and transmission. Controllers, control schemes and advanced control schemes are covered at a level appropriate for the Process Technician. The student then moves on to learn about digital control, programmable logic control and distributed control systems before ending the course with a discussion of instrumentation power supplies, emergency shutdown systems and instrumentation malfunctions. See Instrumentation I
Process Technology I – Equipment The purpose of this course is to provide an overview or introduction into the field of equipment within the process industry. Within this course, students will be introduced to many process industry-related equipment concepts including purpose, components, operation, and the Process Technician´s role for operating and troubleshooting the equipment. Student activities and handouts are available for purchase.
Process Technology II – Systems The purpose of this course is to study the interrelation of process equipment and process systems. Specifically, students will be able to arrange process equipment into basic systems; describe the purpose and the function of specific process systems; explain how factors affecting process systems are controlled under normal conditions; and recognize abnormal process conditions. In addition, students are also introduced to the concept of system and plant economics. Student activities and handouts are available for purchase.
Process Technology III – Operations The purpose of this course is to provide an overview or introduction into the field of operations within the process industry. Within this course, students will use existing knowledge of equipment, systems, and instrumentation to understand the operation of an entire unit. Students study concepts related to commissioning, normal startup, normal operations, normal shutdown, turnarounds, and abnormal situations, as well as the Process Technician´s role in performing the tasks associated with these concepts within an operating unit. Student activities and handouts are available for purchase.
Quality The purpose of this course is to provide an overview or introduction to the field of Quality within the process industry. Within this course students will be introduced to many process industry-related quality concepts including operating consistency, continuous improvement, plant economics, team skills and statistical process control (SPC). Student activities and handouts are available for purchase.
Troubleshooting Produced by Trouble Shooting Resources. Process Troubleshooting involves instruction in the different types of troubleshooting techniques, procedures, and methods used to solve process problems. Topics include application of data collection and analysis, cause-effect relationships, and reasoning. Order Form Student activities and self study questions are available for purchase. Order Form

Glossary of Terms

This reference manual is a compilation of many process industry-specific terms and their definitions. Students will find this to be a valuable reference throughout their education and careers.