Offered at Main Campus
For more information, contact Kimberly Dreaden at Kimberly.Dreaden@indianhills.edu
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.
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.
Program Learning Outcomes
- The student will be able to identify the major fields of biofuel production.
- The student will be able to identify cGMPs and a variety of other safety standards.
- The student will be familiar with and perform solution preparation, concentration, molarity, % strength, ppm, ppb, etc.
- The student will be able to perform basic laboratory math.
- The student will be able to perform aseptic technique.
- The student will perform as a team member.
- The student will demonstrate communication skills through both written and verbal techniques.
- The student will perform various separation techniques for bioprocessing including centrifugation, chromatography, solvent extraction and distillation.
- The student will perform Qualitative and Quantitative product analysis involving HPLC, spectrophotometry, refractometry, etc.
- The student will perform, operate and be familiar with several fermentation techniques as it applies to several industries: alcohol, pharmaceutical, food.
- The student will be able to demonstrate general microbial, chemistry, physics and process control knowledge.
- The student will be able to perform general equipment maintenance, set-up, and breakdown.
Program Total: 73 Credits