The Process Pipe Design Program is designed to provide the student with a foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge of the engineering technology field of piping design and the applied skills necessary to begin careers in the industry or to transfer to a university program. This program provides a learning environment where students can interact with state-of-the-art technological equipment and software to gain experience in the application of computer-aided drafting and design software to create, design, and analyze piping systems. Students pursuing the AAS in Process Pipe Design will be prepared for entry-level employment and transfer to a university program. All students will be prepared for life-long learning in the engineering technology field.
The Texas Gulf Coast Workforce Board has designated Pipe Drafters as a High Skill, High Growth Occupation as of July 2008. Pipe drafters are also a targeted job, by Texas Workforce Commission in the Gulf Coast area with projected employment in 2014 to be equal to or greater than the average for all occupations in the region and a projected growth rate equal to or greater than the average in the region. Median hourly wages are equal to or greater than the median for all occupations in the region with a designated minimum education requirement of a post-secondary degree or certificate, long-term on the job training, or experience in a related occupation.