The Agriculture Center of Excellence, in collaboration with Pacific Northwest Community and Technical Colleges, delivers Bioenergy training programs designed to produce a skilled workforce able to safely and effectively operate bioenergy production and related biomass processing facilities, and/or manage the production and delivery of associated biomass feedstocks, to generate transportation fuels, electricity, heat, recovered nutrients, soil amendments, reclaimed water, animal feed, food/nutritional products, and biochemicals.
- Apply knowledge in the terminology and key concepts of Electricity, Water Management, Agriculture, and Bioenergy.
- Demonstrate knowledge of processes integral to Biorefinery Operations in the Pacific Northwest.
- Demonstrate knowledge of key Biorefinery equipment and safe thresholds for effective operations.
- Apply knowledge in the terminology and key concepts of Biorefinery Equipment and the principles of process controls.
- Add to fundamental understanding of role of Biorefinery Operator with specific duties to monitor, track, record, document, and correct processes in real-time, with safety as the highest priority.
- Enhance fundamental knowledge of the critical role of nutrients.
- Develop knowledge on optimization of temperature, pH, pressure, and other chemical variables to control, manage, and balance reactions and resulting yields.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the role of catalysts and how they function.
- Apply knowledge in physical and chemical separation technologies.
- Identify, diagram, and explain features of thermo-chemical processes.
- Apply knowledge to identify common maintenance variables and ranges.
- Develop knowledge to match feedstocks with most appropriate conversion processes.