2015-16 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
MAT.101Technical Mathematics 1 3
Spring Semester
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
ELT.100Electrical Fundamentals 3
BFM.201Ethanol Production 4
BIO.200General Microbiology 4
MFG.130Industrial Safety 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 292Professional Internship 1 (or Professional Internship 2) 3
SPE.110 or 120Interpersonal Communication (or Introduction to Public Speaking) 3
MTL.103Manufacturing Processes 2
 Total Program Hours: 64.0


 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.)

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

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 or Spring
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
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 or Spring
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 or Spring
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

BIO.101 General Biology324

This course introduces the student to the chemical and physical principles of life especially as they relate to humans. The major topics covered include cell structure/function, the energy flow, organismic biology, evolution, genetics, and ecology. General Biology is designed to meet the laboratory science requirement of the non-major as well as providing an appropriate background for science majors.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above is required to enroll in this course or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. L1 900L
General Education -- Science Lab Science

BIO.200 General Microbiology324

The purpose of this course is to provide a brief study of the morphology, physiology, cultural characteristics, isolation methods, classification methods and distribution of microbes as related to public health, agriculture, medicine and industry. In addition, recent advances in recombinant DNA research will be discussed. This course is appropriate for students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Also, BIO.200 is a requirement for students enrolled either in the Associate Degree Nursing program or in the Dental Hygiene program.
Offered: Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: BIO.101 and CHM.100 or equivalent as evaluated by Biology faculty
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

BIO.120 Environmental Science33

This course is intended to provide an introduction to the study of food production, human cultures, energy and mineral use, economics, politics, and land usage from an environmental viewpoint. Studied are the major ecosystems on Earth (deserts, forests, etc.) and their individual characteristics. Also included will be current major problems such as global warming and ozone loss and the effects of all environmental problems on plant and animal species. Emphasis will be on actions that individuals and groups can do to reduce environmental degradation. The course is designed for non-majors.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Take BIO.101 CHM.100 recommended
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. L1 905
General Education -- Science

BOC.107 Tech Skills for Business Environment223

This course provides students with instruction in basic computer skills including keyboarding, 10- key, file management, data storage and retrieval, colloborative technology, and computer hardware and software. Basic formatting rules for letters, memos, reports and tables will be covered as well as basic word processing concepts and proofreading skills. Spreadsheet and database basic terminology and usage will also be introduced. This course is designed for students who are not majoring in an office occupations program.
Offered: Fall or 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

BUS.100 Introduction to Business33

This course is a comprehensive overview of business principles, practices, and trends that are influencing today's business and affecting tomorrows competitive environment. The impact of globalization, technology, ethics, diversity, and culture, in addition to various emerging issues, is studied in application or relation to all business disciplines. This course provides a general orientation to business organizations for students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree. Also, it is useful to individuals who desire a basic understanding of the business community for occupational or personal reasons.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

CHM.100 Concepts of Chemistry223

This one-semester course is designed for individuals who have completed less than the equivalent of one year of chemistry. The fundamental concepts of general chemistry developed are appropriate for students interested in further study of chemistry as well as those students who have immediate needs for chemistry. Primary emphasis is placed upon matter, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, periodicity, stoichiometry, and organic chemistry. A student may NOT count this course toward graduation at CSC if he/she has satisfactorily completed CHM.110 or an equivalent course prior to enrollment in CHM100.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: MAT.093 or one year of high school algebra
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. P1 902L
General Education -- Science Lab Science

ELT.100 Electrical Fundamentals233

This course introduces the fundamentals of electrical and electronic circuits. Calculation and measurement of voltage, current, and resistance are emphasized. Through the use of lab activities, various wiring and testing methods utilizing multimeters are investigated.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.119 Industrial Electronic Control233

This course is an in-depth evaluation of industrial electronic control methods and devices. The operating characteristics of various types of solid state controls and sensors, including proximity, photoelectric, thermistors , thermocouples, SCR, triacs, thyristors, transistors, timers, counters, and advanced electronic motor controls are studied. The lab work involves the operation and analysis of industrial electronic circuits and devices.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.207 Electrohydra Process Control233

This is a course designed to provide the student with a solid background in fluid power control principles and theory, as well as modern techniques for interfacing industrial muscle (hydraulic, pneumatic, vacuum operated devices) with the ubiquitous industrial brain (electronic-microprocessor)generation of controllers. There will be discussions of electric motor drives, solenoid operated devices, pressure switches/transducers, relays, limit switches, programmable controls, servo systems, analog and digital control, open and closed loop control, feedback, symbology, instrumentation, etc. There will be emphasis on demonstration of relevant hardware, as well as class participation in design and troubleshooting of industrial types of circuits.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ELT.213 Process Control & Instrumentation233

This course covers the field of industrial measurement and control. Data acquisition methods,including the sensing, measuring, and transmission of industrial process variables, are introduced. The principles of automatic process control,measurement, programmable controller and distributed control are studied.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take ELT.119
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

ENG.101 Freshman Composition 133

This course is the first in a sequence of two freshman composition and rhetoric courses. It is designed for individuals planning to pursue a bachelor's degree as well as those who wish to develop proficiency in writing. Emphasis is on critical reading, organization, logical thought, paragraphing, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Also studied will be argumentation and inductive/deductive reasoning.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Either placement according to the COMPASS score, or completion of ENG.098 with a C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C1 900
General Education -- Communications

HYD.101 Hydraulics and Pneumatics233

This course is designed for persons who desire to become employed, or upgrade their employment, in any area which demands a basic knowledge about hydraulics and pneumatics. It provides an opportunity to learn the fundamental concepts regarding the transmission of power through liquids and gases. Also, the structure and function of the various pieces of equipment which are used to contain or transfer those liquids or gases are studied, such as pumps, valves, hoses, etc.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

MAT.101 Technical Mathematics 133

This course is designed to serve students enrolled in vocational or technical programs. The emphasis is on skill-building and the applications of mathematics. Topics studied include a review of arithmetic, measurement, approximations, basic algebra, applied geometry, and right triangle trigonometry. Scientific calculators are used and are required of students.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Either placement according to the COMPASS Algebra score or previous experience with elementary algebra. A background in geometry is also helpful.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Math AGS Only

MFG.130 Industrial Safety1.5.52

This course provides the student with specific instruction to facilitate safe work practices in industrial environments. Students will be introduced to different safety philosophies and terminology. Students will also become acquainted with OSHA policy and with the Right-to-Know laws. Also covered are units specific to fire safety, pressurized gases and welding, electrical hazards, and safe machine usage. Students will have the opportunity to earn the OSHA ten-hour safety certification.
Offered: Fall or 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

MTL.103 Manufacturing Processes22

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the basic processes that are common to industry and the techniques used in the manufacturing of a product.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

SPE.110 Interpersonal Communication33

This course attempts to develop an awareness of, and an insight into, the choices that are made by participation in face-to-face, non-public, human communication. The text and lectures are designed to create an understanding of theories and principles. Experiential exercises encourage the student to apply this understanding, and to use it in interpreting his/her own and other people's attempts at communication. Among the topics covered are the communication process, the self as a communicator, verbal and nonverbal language, cooperation and conflict, etc. This course is intended for persons planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree and those who desire to improve their verbal communication.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only Human Relations

SPE.120 Introduction to Public Speaking33

This is a performance course in public speaking. The principles of oral public communication will be presented through readings and lecture. The student will apply these principles in the speeches presented to the class. Emphasis will be placed on outlining and the discovery and organization of important ideas and the communication of those ideas to a specific audience. Written evaluation of speeches will be required to enhance critical communication skills. This course is intended for individuals who desire to complete a bachelor's degree and those who desire to develop competence in public speaking.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C2 900
General Education -- Communications