Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Process Control Technician Certificate Program

Upstream, Downstream, Midstream, the natural gas industry - Cracker Plants, Compressor Stations, Pipeline Transmission Facilities, and Advanced Technology Manufacturers are in need of qualified technicians. This 144 hour program can prepare you for employment in the growing Marcellus economy.


Natural Gas Technology & Process Control

Four courses are required to earn the certificate of completion & 14.4 CEU's:

Natural Gas 101: This ten (10) hour course introduces students to the fundamentals of natural gas exploration, production, transportation, and processing. This overview will give students foundational knowledge that they will expand in subsequent courses on natural gas process technology. 

PEC Safeland Orientation:  This eight (8) hour course sets high minimum standards for this widely accepted health and safety orientation and introduction.  Upon successful completion of the exam, participants will be awarded a temporary certification card with unique, portable, identification documenting SafeLand certification.

Process Control:  This sixty-six (66) hour course covers the fundamentals of process control and instrumentation as applied to industry for the control of level, flow, temperature, and pressure.   The concept of a control loop is introduced and each of the components are examined: sensor, controller, and final element.  Design, documentation, operation, performance tuning and troubleshooting of single loop systems are discussed. After this course, the student will have core technical knowledge and skills in process control and instrumentation.

Micro-Processor Control: This sixty (60) hour course will provide students with hands-on instruction in the terminology, principles and applications of 32-bit microprocessor systems, with emphasis on designing and operating programs for natural gas processing.

Admission Requirements

Each prospective student must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to determine his or her level of math and reading. An 11th-grade level of mathematics and reading is required for acceptance into the program. In addition to the TABE, students must also complete a Mechanical Aptitude Test, participate in an interview and complete two outside assignments.  To schedule an appointment to take your TABE exam contact Michael Cunningham at 412.788.7396 or


Program Schedule

West Hills Center
Mondays and Wednesdays


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Investment: This Pilot Program Subsidized by US Department of Labor Grant (Investment w/o subsidy $3290)

For more information on this program, please contact:

Sylvia Elsayed

Brian Hannon

Refund Policy
Students who wish to withdraw from a class must do so by the end of the last business day before the class starts.  No refund of tuition, non-credit registration fees or materials fees shall be granted unless such materials are returned unused.

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