Troubleshooting Skills Competition

Teams of college process technology students from across the country competed in the 5th Annual NAPTA Troubleshooting Skills Competition at the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology on the campus of San Jacinto College on April 22nd and 23rd.


The top eight four-member teams participated in this competition. All registered teams participated in an Open Round on Friday. Eight teams qualified for the Finals Competition Rounds on Saturday. Fifteen teams from ten colleges participated in TSC V.

College of the Mainland in Texas City won the honor of Top Troubleshooting Team, San Jacinto College and Lincoln Trail College to second and third place respectively.

The four-round Finals Competition tested the teams’ troubleshooting skills on recognizing and resolving problems with various energy industry-related scenarios, using computer-based simulation and virtual plant environment software. Students also got to meet with industry representatives at the Industry Networking Hour held prior to the Finals Competition.

The teams competing were:

  • Bismarck State College (North Dakota)
  • College of the Mainland (Texas)
  • Lamar Institute of Technology (Texas)
  • Lamar State College – Port Arthur (Texas)
  • Lincoln Trail College (Illinois)
  • Lone Star College (Texas)
  • Northern Oklahoma College (Oklahoma)
  • Nunez Community College (Louisiana)
  • San Jacinto College (Texas)
  • Victoria College (Texas)