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Plant Operations is a program within Energy Systems Technology through Walla Walla Community College. The program prepares Plant Operators and Technicians to work for facilities that convert biomass into electricity, heat, transportation fuels, clean water, and/or high-value chemicals and products. Safe, skilled, professional, and motivated technicians and operators are in demand for first generation and advanced biofuel plants, municipal wastewater treatment plants, industrial food and beverage processors, pulp and paper mills, and cogeneration facilities. Through the Plant Operations program, graduates gain useful skills and knowledge applicable to several types of plant and facility operations.

Contacts

JASON SELWITZ

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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


ROBERT BREWER

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Clarkston Campus
1470 Bridge Street
Clarkston, WA 99403


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Mission

Plant Operations - Mechanic prepares students to become safe and effective Operators, Technicians, or Maintenance Mechanics for facilities that convert raw materials into high value products, such as: power plants, biofuels/biochemical refineries, pulp and paper mills, wastewater and drinking water treatment plants, solid waste management facilities, food/ag./forestry processors, or municipal city works departments.

Degree Options

Plant Operations courses are offered online with hands-on lab components and focus on: safety, electricity principles, equipment and process controls, and other key scientific concepts used widely across industry sectors.

WWCC offers the following degree options in collaboration with Northwest Community and Technical Colleges:

  • Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences (AAAS) degree in Plant Operations Mechanic
  • Certificate in Industrial Maintenance
  • Applied Associate in Science transfer degree (AAS-T) with emphasis in Bioenergy through articulation with regional 4-year institutions.