2014-15 Catalog

Biofuels Manufacturing Technology

Associate in Applied Science

http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/biofuels

The Associate in Applied Science in Biofuels Manufacturing Technology program is intended for persons who desire to become professional technicians qualified for employment in the renewable energy and/or manufacturing sectors. The technical components of the program prepare the graduate for employment as operating or technicians in the field of biodiesel production, wet and dry ethanol production, waste and water treatment, process control and chemical processing. This program is grant funded by the Illinois Green Economy Network - IGEN. 

Biofuels Industry Growth

According to The Ethanol Industry Overview 2012, 209 U.S. ethanol plants are currently in production and is quoted as saying “The Graduates will be entering an industry that is continually adding positions.” Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports the Biofuels Industry employs over 11,000 workers with an additional 3,700 workers needed over the next 8 years.

Illinois Green Economy Network 

Launched in 2008 the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) is a president-led consortium of all 48 Illinois community colleges dedicated to the training and education of a green workforce and deployment of energy conservation and green technology. The IGEN Career Pathways initiative is a collaboration of 17 Illinois community colleges who develop, share and implement more than 30 online‐hybrid associate degrees and certificates for green economy workforce training.

This program combines classroom instruction, interactive online training, and hands‐on exercises. Local, state and national business and industry partnerships assist faculty with the task of modernizing curriculum to contain relevant workplace skills, such as critical thinking, decision making, entrepreneurship, and on‐the‐job training.

First-Time Enrollees

  1. Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  4. Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.

 

For Additional Program Information Contact the Welcome Center
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu
309.345.3500

Associate in Applied Science

Fall Start

First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Hours
CHM.100Concepts of Chemistry 3
BIO.101General Biology 4
BFM.101Biofuels Fundamentals 2
BOC.107Tech Skills for Business Environment 3
Spring Semester
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
ELT.100Electrical Fundamentals 3
BFM.201Ethanol Production 4
BIO.200General Microbiology 4
SPE.120Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Summer Session
MFG.130Industrial Safety 2
TQM.101Total Quality Management 2
Second Year
Fall Semester
ELT.119Industrial Electronic Control 3
HYD.101Hydraulics and Pneumatics 3
BFM.202Biodiesel Production 4
BFM.203Water Treatment & Control 3
BIO.120Environmental Science 3
Spring Semester
ELT.207Electrohydra Process Control 3
ELT.213Process Control & Instrumentation 3
BUS.100Introduction to Business 3
BFM.291 or BFM.292Professional Internship 1 3
 Total Program Hours: 61.0

Spring Start

First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
CHM.100Concepts of Chemistry 3
BIO.101General Biology 4
BFM.101Biofuels Fundamentals 2
BOC.107Tech Skills for Business Environment 3
ELT.100Electrical Fundamentals 3
Summer Session
TQM.101Total Quality Management 2
MFG.130Industrial Safety 2
Fall Semester
ELT.119Industrial Electronic Control 3
HYD.101Hydraulics and Pneumatics 3
BFM.201Ethanol Production 4
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
SPE.120Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Second Year
Spring Semester
ELT.207Electrohydra Process Control 3
ELT.213Process Control & Instrumentation 3
BIO.200General Microbiology 4
BFM.202Biodiesel Production 4
Fall Semester
BUS.100Introduction to Business 3
BIO.120Environmental Science 3
BFM.203Water Treatment & Control 3
BFM.291 or BFM.292Professional Internship 1 3
 Total Program Hours: 61.0


 Students enrolled in the Biofuels Manufacturing Technology program must complete all BFM courses with a grade of C or better in order to register for subsequent courses and continue in the program. In order to graduate, students must complete all courses with a grade of C or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

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Courses

BFM.101 Biofuels Fundamentals22

This course is an overview of the biofuels industry. It introduces biodiesel and ethanol in relation to traditional transportation fuels, markets, and regulatory constraints. This course also includes discussion of careers in the biofuels industry, and is the first in a series of classes in the AAS Degree in Biofuels Manufacturing Technology.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: COMPASS Reading score or 83 or above or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better or ACT Reading score of 20 or higher
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BFM.201 Ethanol Production324

This course will cover the history, rationale, and overall fundamental process and quality control of ethanol production. The course is designed to study the relationship of science, technology and management areas in ethanol processing operations. A Process Flow Demonstrator of a typical dry mill ethanol plant will be used to examine the sequence of operations seen in various stages of production. This course will explain the rationale for feedstocks used in ethanol processing as well as product and co-product production and use. Labs will provide hands-on training of ethanol production with the Ethanol Trainer equipment.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: COMPASS Algebra score of 46 or above or previous experience with elementary algebra. MAT 101 with a grade of C or better of a background in geometry. CHM.100 BIO.101 and BFM.101 with grades of C or better.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BFM.202 Biodiesel Production324

This course will cover the history, rationale, and overall fundamental process and quality control of Biodiesel production. The course is designed to study the relationships of science, chemistry, technology, fuel standards, and management areas in Biodiesel processing operations. A Process Flow Demonstrator of a typical biodiesel plant will be used to examine the sequence of operations seen in various stages of production. This course will explain the rationale for feedstocks used in biodiesel processing. Labs will provide hands-on training of biodiesel production with the Biodiesel Trainer equipment.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: COMPASS Algebra score of 46 or better or MAT.101 with a grade of C or better. CHM.100 BIO.101 BFM.101 with grades of C or better.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BFM.203 Water Treatment & Control33

The course covers the basic understanding of primary water treatment systems and chlorination. Students will be able to describe problems that can be caused by impurities in the water and explain how they can be removed physically and chemically. This course will also familiarize students with the basic concepts of treating industrial water during biofuels manufacturing so it can be reused or discharged into the environment.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: COMPASS Algrebra score of 46 or previous experience with elementary algebra or MAT.101 with a grade of C or better. CHM.100 BIO.101 BFM.101 with grades of C or better.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BFM.291 Professional Internship 1153

Students who are currently employed in the biofuels industry will perform a related research project on a topic of interest, outside the scope of normal job duties, to the student and his/her firm. The project will be supervised by the supervising instructor and a job site supervisor. Consent of Instructor, Program Coordinator or Dean of Career Technical and Health Education is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS,AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

BFM.292 Professional Internship 2153

The objective of this course is to integrate classroom theory with business practice. Students will receive on-the-job training with select industry partners. All internship positions will be supervised by the supervising instructor and a job site supervisor. The positions associated with this internship will be non-paying positions. Consent of Instructor, Program Coordinator or Dean of Career Technical and Health Education is required to enroll in this course.
Offered: Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

Young, Charles
instructor, IGEN biofuels manufacturing technology
coordinator, IGEN biofuels manufacturing technology