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EST 104
Introduction to Plant Operations


Credits: 2
Clock Hours per Quarter: 20

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:20


Description
Plant Operators and Technicians work for facilities that convert biomass into electricity, heat, transportation fuels, clean water, food products, and/or high value chemicals and products. Safe, skilled, 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 power utilities. This course introduces a training program which will provide a strong skill set in plant and facility operations and maintenance that is in demand by multiple industries with employment in the region.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the industry expected knowledge, skills, and attributes of a Plant Operator/Technician.
  • Examine the spectrum of industries and potential employers that are in need of Plant Operators/Technicians.
  • Investigate individual occupations that compose the range of options for employment upon graduation.
  • Identify the courses and club activities that can assist with providing opportunities to gain new, high demand skills and knowledge.
  • Apply terminology and concepts fundamental to energy.
  • Discuss climate change and federal legislation designed to help society mitigate the effects.
  • Describe basic chemical and biological processes.
  • Distinguish between types of biomass and identify appropriate conversion techniques.
  • Research, produce, and maintain a reference of vital resource materials.

  • Course Topics
  • Knowledge, skills, and attributes in energy and allied industries for Plant Operators/Technicians
  • Energy literacy
  • Climate change
  • Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Renewal Fuel Standard
  • Photosynthesis
  • Combustion
  • Geology of petroleum
  • Oil refining
  • Biomass
  • Biomass conversion techniques

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    EST 104
    Fall 2016
    0964
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 104
    Fall 2016
    5231
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 104
    Fall 2015
    0964
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 104
    Fall 2015
    5231
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 104
    Fall 2014
    0964
    Jason Selwitz


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.