Program Overview

Bismarck States College offers an Associate in Applied Process Plant Technology (PTEC). Students learn the technical and safety aspects of plant operations, the responsibilities of plant operators and the mechanical and chemical technology needed for working in related industrial operations.

Process Plant Technology (PTEC) is a program which focuses on the machines, technology and work required to create a product. Examples of such products include natural gas, refinery products, ethanol, biodiesel, food products, etc. This program provides a foundation of knowledge used for working in these facilities including the safety and technical aspects of operating the plant, the work of a plant operator and the mechanical and chemical technology needed for working in similar industrial operations.

Students will take 15 general education credits as well as required courses. These courses include Introduction to Energy Technology, Safety, Health & Environment, Mechanical Fundamentals, Plant Equipment & Systems, Print Reading, Applied Math, Electrical Fundamentals, Instrumentation & Control, Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow & Thermodynamics, Water Purification & Treatment, Steam Generation, Operations, Troubleshooting & Communications, Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Distillation & Refinery Operations, Ethanol & Biofuel Production, Gas Processing, and Practical Applications.

Through various training, graduates are prepared to work in various industry including, refineries, gasification plants, ethanol and biodiesel plants, water treatment facilities, petrochemical plants, electrical generation facilities, and natural gas plants.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Official Transcripts

    School Overview

    Bismarck State College is a public, four-year institution of higher education that focuses primarily on associate’s degrees, and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck State College was founded in 1939 as Bismarck Junior College. In 1984, the college became a part of the North Dakota system of Higher Education and in 1987, the school’s name changed to Bismarck State College.

    Bismarck State College offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s programs, transfer opportunities, technical programs, and continuing education. Bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees are offered in cooperation with other North Dakota University System institutions. BSC specializes in energy education, with degrees including power and process plant technology, ethanol training, nuclear power technology, and electric power technology. The school’s mission states: “Bismarck State College, an innovative community college, offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities.”

    Students can complete associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs, from home through Bismarck State College’s online campus. The online environment varies among programs, but most often features shorter intensive classes extending from 3 weeks to 8-week sessions that are offered throughout the entire year. 


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