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Biofuels Technology, A.A.S

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Biofuel Technicians will be trained for entry into the agricultural processing plant industry, which converts crops such as corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and sugar beets into products and by-products such as ethanol, soy oil, corn syrup, starch, carbon dioxide, and bulk/bagged sugar.

Today's processing plants are highly technical and completely automated, and the Biofuel Technicians have an enormous amount of responsibility to ensure that the plant continues to operate in the most efficient and economical way possible. To do so, the technician needs to be conversant in mechanical and instrumentation basics, chemical and microbiological processes, safety fundamentals, and process optimization techniques.

COURSE #COURSE TITLECREDITS
Fall - Year 1
Mechanical Fundamentals for Process Controls3
P & ID, PFD Reading1
Pollution Control Fundamentals2
Introduction to OSHA1
Ethanol Process Fundamentals2
Ethanol Process Fundamentals Lab1
Boiler Systems1
Technical Electives (must Be Approved By Advisor)3
Credits Fall - Year 114
Spring - Year 1
Ethanol Separation Technology2
Principles of Biology4
Composition I3
College Algebra3
Social Science Elective3
Credits Spring - Year 115
Fall - Year 2
Process Dynamics3
Microbial Ecology2
Microbial Ecology Lab1
Biodiesel Fundamentals2
Biodiesel Fundamentals Lab1
Hydraulic Theory4
General Education Elective3
Credits Fall - Year 216
Spring - Year 2
Instrumentation & Control3
Process Optimization Lab2
Biodiesel Technologies & Regulatory Issues2
Distillation & Evaporation Theory Lab2
Seminar1
Process Chemistry2
Industrial Water Treatment2
Instrumentation Control Lab1
Credits Spring - Year 215
Approved Technical Electives:
Wind Energy Fundamentals3
Pneumatics and Accessories Theory3
Data Security Awareness1
Introduction to Traditional and Renewable Energy3
Company Internship4
Introduction to Microcomputers3
Electromechanical Theory2
TOTAL CREDITS60

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Updated: si 8/12