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EST 201
Plant Operations


Credits: 4
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:30    Lab Hours:20


Description
The purpose of this course is to introduce plant operations - for first generation and advanced biofuel plants, municipal wastewater treatment plants, industrial food and beverage processors, pulp and paper mills, and/or cogeneration facilities. The first half of the course focuses on process improvement to help build an understanding that every employee at a plant has the ability and duty to help improve day-to-day operations. The second half of the course focuses on specific tools to improve the total quality of a process, including safety, monitoring, emergency response, and procedure writing - using biodiesel and pulp and paper mill facilities as the vehicles of learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Acquire basic process improvement strategies.
  • Analyze the concept of total quality and how important it is for plant operations.
  • Describe the role of practical operations in the context of total quality.
  • Express familiarity with the operations of pulp and paper mills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in operating biodiesel processors and conducting methanol recovery.

  • Course Topics
  • Intro to Operations.
  • Flow Diagrams.
  • Pulp and Paper Intro.
  • Pulping Fundamentals.
  • Process Improvement.
  • Costs, Total Quality.
  • Control Charts, Fishbone Diagrams, Paretto Principle.
  • Six Thinking Hats.
  • House of Quality.
  • The process technician, procedure writing.
  • Safety, health, environmental regulations - including air and water.
  • Shift change, project description.
  • Maintenance.
  • Unit commissioning, startup.
  • Lockout/tagout, emergency operations.
  • Utility and auxiliary systems.
  • Pulp and Paper Mills.
  • Biodiesel.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    EST 201
    Fall 2014
    0963
    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.