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2017 Troubleshooting Competition announced

The 2017 National Troubleshooting Competition is scheduled for April 21-22, 2017 at Lone Star College Atascocita Center in Houston, Texas, pitting the top eight college teams in the nation from the Qualifying Round.

The competition registration is now closed and the Qualifying Round has started.

The competition qualifying round, held using a web-based Learning Management System accessed at each competing school's campus, can take place at any date between March 8-29 next year.

A college can field more than one team, consisting of one team captain and two team members. However, only one team from each school can potentially advance based on the highest team score of all teams entered.

The top eight teams from across the country, based on the highest scores from the qualifying round, will participate in the National Competition in Houston. The national competition will consist of simulator-based troubleshooting scenarios.

For details on the competition, team composition/selection and student qualifications, refer to the attached flyer. Review the team selection process and have your team member names ready; you will be required to state the team member names when you submit a registration form for your college. Each team will need to register separately.

All colleges will be eligible to compete in 2017. In this transitional year, the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) will sponsor non-member colleges a one-year membership with the organization, including a waiver of the subscription fee. Succeeding years of the event will only be open to Alliance membership only.

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

PTSE team, students attend NSF conference

Students Omar Farooq and Paul Hansen participated in the 2016 NSF Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Principal Investigator (PI) Conference in Washington, D.C. and received NSF ATE Student Award of Excellence certificates.

The two students are members of the winning team of the 2016 National Troubleshooting Competition event. Student participation and attendance to this conference was the highest in its history.

Maribeth Stitt, Lone Star College, along with Dan Schmidt and Martha McKinley, Co-Principal Investigators of the grant, attended the conference as the capstone event of the year.

2016 National Troubleshooting Competition results

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.

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Industry, education team develops no-cost, energy-related troubleshooting skills

Process Troubleshooting Skills in Energy (PTSE) has developed 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 in troubleshooting training and education-related programs. These materials are available to college instructors and industry trainers at no cost.

A user ID and password login is required to view and download the materials. Click on the Learning Materials button on the left side of this website for more information. NOTE: Please logoff the page when your downloads are complete to keep the materials secure.

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.