PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College process technology student team has done it again, capturing gold at the 2018 North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) Troubleshooting Competition for the second consecutive year.

Luis Martinez, Jose Cavazos and Robert Cantu beat out 10 process technology teams from across the United States to get to the top spot in troubleshooting and resolving programs related to the petrochemical manufacturing environment. The team was tasked with troubleshooting a variety of energy industry-related scenarios using computer-based simulation and virtual plant environment software. 

Leading up to the event, they spent months training and preparing under the direction of San Jacinto College process technology faculty, with additional support from the College’s Corporate Training for Process Technology and Instrumentation.

“It felt great going against other schools because we knew we came prepared,” said Cavazos. “Much of what was presented to us during the competition was familiar from what we learned in our classes. I’m confident that I received the training in knowing what goes on inside a plant.”

NAPTA is the standard–bearer of process technology curriculum. The Alliance audits process technology degree programs in North America and endorses those that meet its criteria. Several colleges have received the NAPTA endorsement, including San Jacinto College. 

"We are very proud of instructor Kenneth Jackson and his team for taking first place in the National Troubleshooting Competition once again this year,” said Joseph Zwiercan, department chair of petrochemical/energy at San Jacinto College. This speaks volumes of the program as a whole and the true dedication of all the instructors as it takes a team effort.”

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About San Jacinto College 

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. 

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