Offered at Main Campus
Agricultural/Biofuels Process Technology is a 21-month (seven-term) program, which includes the Process Control diploma (three-term) and Bio-Manufacturing diploma (three-term) programs, in which students learn to apply scientific principles and technical skills in support of ethanol fermentation plant processes. Coursework is completed in the context of safety and compliance. Students study electrical and electronics theory, digital fundamentals, process control, instrumentation, high level equipment maintenance and analysis and bioprocess laboratory techniques. Theory courses are supplemented with practical, hands-on laboratory activities.
Some courses are held on the Ottumwa Campus and some meet at the Iowa Bioprocess Training Center in Eddyville.
Graduates of this program are skilled to work on equipment in the ethanol industry and other bio-renewable fuel production plants as well as power plants, food processing facilities, chemical plants and most other automatically-controlled production systems.
This program starts in the Fall and Spring terms. Students wanting to start this program any other term may take selected courses as available. Students meeting all graduation requirements earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.