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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 2016
    0963
    Jason Selwitz
    EST 201
    Fall 2015
    0963
    Jason Selwitz
    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.