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|Top eight college teams from across U.S. compete
in 2016 National Troubleshooting Competition
The top eight teams from college process technology programs competed in the 3rd National Troubleshooting Competition April 22nd-23rd at Lone Star College in Kingwood, TX.
A team from South Central Louisiana Technical College took top honors during the competition, which involved the three-student teams troubleshooting computer simulator-based scenarios. Two Alaska teams, Kenai Peninsula College - Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River, came in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Other competitors included teams from:
1st Place: South Central Louisiana Technical College
2nd Place: Kenai Peninsula College- Anchorage Ext.
3rd Place: Kenai Peninsula College- Kenai River
The event also included a networking hour with industry representatives, practice sessions, and an awards banquet. The competition is part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant DUE 1457711 "Developing Students' Troubleshooting Skills in Energy Programs."
Lone Star College in Kingwood, TX, is the home of the grant. Education partners include Bismarck State College, University of Alaska, and Mining and Petroleum Training Service.
Industry sponsors include Shell, Eastman, and Chevron. Vendor partners include Simtronics, Systran, and RISC.
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Industry, education team develops energy-related troubleshooting skills
Process Technology education and related industry representatives have teamed to form the Process Troubleshooting Skills in Energy (PTSE) organization and are developing a series of equipment and process-specific troubleshooting scenarios, along with basic troubleshooting methodologies and tools, through a NSF grant "Developing Students' Troubleshooting Skills in Energy Programs."
The applied scenarios are incorporated into modules as part of a set of instructional materials for use at no cost in troubleshooting training and education-related programs. Industry trainers and energy program college instructors can customize the modules to meet instructional needs.
The modules include process descriptions, drawings (PFDs and P&IDs), troubleshooting steps, specifications, self-check questions, additional activities, and other content. Most modules include two or more troubleshooting activities, based on different possible scenarios that process technicians could encounter.
NSF awarded the grant to Lone Star College, effective from March 2015 to Oct. 31, 2016. Martha McKinley is serving as the Principal Investigator (PI); Dan Schmidt of Bismarck State College will serve as Co-PI. If you are interested in helping with this project, click here
PTSE Beacon Award presented to Mark Demark,