Plant Operations

Mission

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.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge in the terminology and key concepts of first generation and advanced biofuel plants, municipal wastewater treatment plants, municipal wastewater treatment plants, industrial food and beverage processors, pulp and paper mills, and cogeneration facilities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of processes integral to plant operations in the Northwest.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key equipment and safe thresholds for effective operations.
  • Add to fundamental understanding of the Plant Operator/Technician position with specific duties to monitor, track, document, and correct processes in real-time, with safety and total quality as the highest priorities.
  • Develop knowledge to match a biomass feedstock with its most appropriate conversion process options.