Troubleshooting Skills Competition

What is NAPTA's Troubleshooting Skills Competition?

The North American Process Technology Alliance’s Troubleshooting Skills Competition (TSC) was created as a venue for advanced Process Technology students to demonstrate hands-on skills in real-time process problem solving.

Troubleshooting skills are necessary for developing a highly competent petrochemical workforce in the U.S., maintaining consistent high-quality production, and contributing to the security, safety, and regulatory compliance of our facilities.

This signature event pits the best student teams from educational institutions across the country in a competition for the title “NAPTA Troubleshooting Champions”.

The Value of TSC for Educators and Industry

Enhanced problem-solving/troubleshooting skills help with student understanding of the process, help them to be safer employees, and helps them to be better team players. All these traits are high on the list for employers in their search for entry level employees.


The 2022 NAPTA Troubleshooting Skills Competition (TSC) is a two-round competition:

  • Open Round
  • Championship Round

Up to forty (40) teams from NAPTA member colleges from across the country will compete in the Open Round to be one of the top ten schools to advance to the Championship Round.

Teams will travel to the host school to compete using a PC-based dynamic process simulator.

Stay Tuned for information and updates about our 2022 Competition

 When: Thurs-Sat April 21-23, 2022  
 Where:  The LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical and Energy Training (CPET) San Jacinto College
 Why:  To Enhance the Troubleshooting Skills of Tomorrow’s Process Operators


VC Team DCDR 2021 TSC IV Winners 4

NAPTA 2021 Virtual Troubleshooting Skills Competition - TSC IV

CONGRATULATIONS "Team DCDR" from Victoria College in Victoria, TX our 2021 Troubleshooting Champions!

2nd Place "Team Lincoln Trail College" from Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, IL

Lincoln Trails College TSC team 2021 1

3rd Place "Team High Octane" from Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, TX

High Octane LIT 2021 1

Congratulations also, and thanks, to all the teams that competed, and all the sponsors and supporters that made TSC IV a VIRTUAL success!


Troubleshooting materials in the form of an Instructor Lesson Plan and a Student Learning Plan are available at this link.
Designed to be used in the classroom, these materials are downloadable and free-of-charge. Some are simulator-based, others are paper-based for use in classroom troubleshooting exercises.



Check out the video from TSC IV


Check out the video from TSC III


Please contact Martha McKinley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 903-452-8511 with any questions.

2021 TSC IV

UNLEASH the Future

Game Changers in the Petrochemical Industry


2019 TSC III

View the video

TSC III Photo Gallery


2018 TSC II Photo Gallery

Click here for a list of the 10 Finalist Teams

Historical Winners List