2019 - 2020 Student Catalog 
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2019 - 2020 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Industrial Process Technology, A.A.S.

Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:   Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code:           5312
SUNY Code:            2642
Major Code:            INDU

The Career

The Western New York (WNY) region boasts one of the stronger manufacturing regions in the US and in particular, process manufacturing of various chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and food products.  WNY has maintained the strength of long standing well-established existing process manufacturing and is realizing additional growth in manufacturing through new companies and expanding of existing companies. 

Manufacturing and in particular process manufacturing has evolved over the decades to where production personnel need to be highly skilled in several technical areas well above what is learned at a high school level.  WNY is a large manufacturing area of the US where there is a shortfall of candidates that have the needed skills to function in advanced manufacturing environments.  In Niagara County, manufacturing is the third largest industry and in adjacent Erie County it is the second.

The NCCC Approach 

The Industrial Process Technology program at NCCC emphasizes the skills in various technological fields to prepare the student for the highly technical skills needed to function in the process manufacturing environment.  The students will develop a full understanding of industrial systems to prepare them for a career in industrial manufacturing using electronics, instrumentation, robotics, mechanics, as well as hydraulics and pneumatics.  All courses start at the beginning phase and segue into application-level of fully automated technology.  The program is designed to prepare the students for immediate careers in process manufacturing.


Students admitted in fall and spring.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To assist students in meeting all of the SUNY General Education requirements

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will:

  • Program and control robots
  • Apply machining procedures to fabricate metal components to drawing specifications
  • Calculate and/or graph mechanical and electrical applications by applying mathematics, utilizing spreadsheets, or manipulating equipment and instrumentation
  • Analyze circuits and calculate applications of electrical principles
  • Examine the basic principles of chemistry and apply the knowledge to applications
  • Examine the basic principles of physics and apply the knowledge to applications
  • Create technical drawings that apply to the manufacturing field
  • Design mechanical applications such as weldments, power train, and machine components
  • Communicate project information through written methods
  • Recognize hazards in the workplace and operate in a safe manner

Program Requirements (INDU)

  1. A total of at least 63-credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundations courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Technologies:  A minimum of 42-credit hours to include:
    CHE 111L - General Chemistry I Lab  
    CHE 120 - General Chemistry I  
    ELT 110L - Principles of Electricity Lab  
    ELT 110 - Principles of Electricity  
    DRF 173 - Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting Design  
    DRF 173L - Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting Design Lab  
    DRF 180 - Drafting Techniques I  
    DRF 279 - Technical Seminar  
    DRF 283 - Mechanical Design (CADD)  
    DRF 283L - Mechanical Design Computer Aided Drafting Design (CADD) Lab  
    MET 125 - Processes  
    MET 125L - Processes Lab   
    MET 205 - Mechanics of Materials  
    MET 260 - Hydraulics and Pneumatics  
    MET 260L - Hydraulics and Pneumatics Lab  
    MET 270 - Instrumentation  
    MET 270L - Instrumentation Lab   
    PHY 152 - Wave Motion, Heat and Light  
    PHY 152L - Wave Motion, Heat and Light Lab  
    TEC 110 - Introduction to Technical Calculations  
    TEC 120 - Applied Engineering Mechanics  
    TEC 121L - Applied Engineering Mechanics Lab  
    TEC 250 - Introduction to Robotics  
    TEC 250L - Introduction to Robotics Lab   
  3. Mathematics:  A minimum of 4-credit hours to include:
    MAT 111 - Advanced Algebra & Trigonometry  
  4. Basic Communication - Written:  A minimum of 6-credit hours to include:
    ENG 101 - Writing I  
    ENG 102 - Writing II & Introduction to Literature  OR
    ENG 103 - Writing for STEM  
  5. Social Science  Elective:  A minimum of 6-credit hours to be chosen from the List of Approved Electives
  6. Technical  Elective:  A minimum of 3-credit hours to be chosen from the List of Approved Electives
  7. Health/Physical Education  Elective:  A minimum of 2-credit hours to be chosen from the List of Approved Electives

Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 15

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available to NCCC students.  Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester.  For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships. The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.