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College Teams Battle at Fourth National Troubleshooting Competition in Houston

Teams of college process technology students from across the country competed in the Fourth National Troubleshooting Competition at Lone Star College-Atascocita April 21 and 22.

The top eight three-member teams participated in this competition. A qualifying round held at each local college determined the top eight teams to advance to the National Competition. Twenty-nine teams competed in the qualifying round.

San Jacinto College Central Campus in Houston won the honor of Top Troubleshooting Team, their first year to compete in the event. Kenai Peninsula College (KPC)-Kenai River, took second place and Kenai Peninsula College (KPC)-Anchorage took third place.

The four-round National Competition tested the teams’ troubleshooting skills on recognizing and resolving problems with various energy industry-related scenarios, using computer-based simulation and virtual plant environment software. Students also got to meet with industry representatives at the Shell Industry Networking Hour held prior to the National Competition.

The teams competing were: Bellingham Technical College (Washington), Bismarck State College (North Dakota), Kenai Peninsula College-Anchorage (Alaska), Kenai Peninsula College-Kenai River (Alaska), Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, San Jacinto College (Texas), South Central Louisiana Technical College, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

The North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) sponsored the event. NAPTA is an organization of the Process Technology (PTEC) education providers and their business, industry, and community advisors cooperatively working toward their common goals. The Lone Star College Process Technology program hosted the event.

"NAPTA's National Troubleshooting Competition provides the ultimate opportunity for education and industry to emphasize the importance of critical thinking in process technology," said Eric Newby, NAPTA Executive Director.

“The National Troubleshooting Competition provides students with a forum for showcasing the troubleshooting skills they've developed throughout their Process Technology coursework and allows their instructors to benchmark their programs against other top programs across the country,” said Gayle Cannon, a competition judge with industry and education experience.

“The National Troubleshooting Competition, in its fourth year, has grown exponentially over that time period. We continue to register teams from across the nation with new colleges registering a team, or multiple teams, each year. With continued support of the education and industry sectors this event will continue to grow in the years to come,” said Martha McKinley, Coordinator for the Troubleshooting Competition.

Other event sponsors included BASF, Bayport Technical, INEOS, Marathon Petroleum Company, Shell Oil Company, Simtronics, Systran Training & Technical, and RISC.

2017 National Troubleshooting Competition results

First place, San Jacinto College (Texas)

Second place, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River (Alaska)

Third place, Kenai Peninsula College - Anchorage Extension (Alaska)

Watch a dynamic video about the 2016 National Competition, produced by Media Services at Lone Star College.

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