Process Technology

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Are you math- and/or science-minded and interested in learning skills that are transferable across industries and highly valued by a variety of employers? Then process technology (PTEC) could be for you!

PTEC careers are often high-paying and have many opportunities in a variety of interesting and exciting industry sectors in Alaska, including mining, oil and gas, water and wastewater treatment, power generation and more.

Job duties in PTEC include maintaining and monitoring equipment, supervising computer control, assigning maintenance to technicians, and maintaining safe work areas. The starting salary for an entry-level process technician ranges from $50,000 to $75,000.

An Associate of Applied Science in Process Technology can be earned through programs at Kenai Peninsula College or the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College. The degree usually requires two years to complete.

For employers

University of Alaska – Associate of Applied Science in Process Technology

What do you get when hiring graduates from the University of Alaska PTEC program? Skilled Alaskans ready to work when they walk through the door with the training and knowledge you need.

ASA has been involved with the UA PTEC program since its inception. We support and endorse the quality of the programs in Kenai and Fairbanks, which are among a select number of colleges in the U.S. to earn endorsement from the North American Process Technology Alliance.

We encourage employers to visit the campuses, meet the students and instructors, and learn more about the benefits of hiring UA’s PTEC grads. 

Alaska Safety Alliance Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Working through the Alaska Safety Alliance Education and Training Committee, ASA has developed apprenticeships to meet the needs of Alaska employers. The apprenticeship programs complement the UA degree programs and provide training options for employers and workers.

Currently, USDOL is reviewing the proposed ASA curriculum for registered apprenticeship in the areas of pipeline maintenance technician, pipeline mechanical technician and pipeline operations technician – with six additional occupations in development. 

The pipeline apprenticeship programs are a rigorous combination of on-the-job learning and related technical training, requiring 6,000–8,000 hours of on-the-job learning plus 600–900 hours of related technical instruction. Apprenticeship training can be customized to the employer’s and the worker’s needs.

To find out more, contact ASA at

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