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Biowork: Process Technician Training
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Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Those with at least a high school diploma or GED who are unemployed; transitioning, especially from other manufacturing sectors; or starting a new career.
This course is designed to provide basic preparation for entry-level process technician jobs in bioprocess manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and chemical manufacturing. Course competencies include understanding the role of a process technician, safety, quality processes, measuring process variables, transforming matter, process technology (including processing equipment and plant utilities), controlling the process, maintaining sterile processes, and growing living cells.
Course Objectives
  1. 1. Demonstrate knowledge and competence in the academic and technical fields
    related to bioprocess manufacturing.
    2. Use critical thinking to analyze and solve problems.
    3. Communicate effectively.
    4. Demonstrate positive, effective, and appropriate interpersonal skills.
Outline of Instruction
  1. In addition to learning material in the textbook, students conduct laboratory experiments and practice team work, which is an essential part of the biomanufacturing industryThere are 9 units in BioWork. About 25% of the class takes place in the lab
    Unit 1: Your New Job is an orientation to the process-manufacturing industries.
    Unit 2: Working Safely covers basic safety attitudes and approaches.
    Unit 3: Building Quality into the Product emphasizes the importance of making quality products.
    Unit 4: Measuring Process Variables provides an introduction to the metric system and the measurement of variables critical to controlling processes.
    Unit 5: Transforming Matter covers a review of the basic chemistry needed by process technicians.
    Unit 6: Learning the Nuts and Bolts provides information about biomanufacturing equipment, systems, and plant utilities.
    Unit 7: Controlling the Process covers the basic principles of process control systems.
    Unit 8: Maintaining Sterile Processes introduces the basics of microorganisms, contamination, and the concept of working in aseptic manufacturing environments.
    Unit 9: Growing Living Cells covers bioprocess manufacturing principles and operations.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
Castle Worldwide website. NCCCS - Certificate of Completion
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. An awareness of the importance of safety, both for the workers and product
    Complying with cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices)
    Following an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)
    Reading an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)
    Completing a batch record
    Using the metric system
    Using common pumps and valves
    Reading gauges
    Reading a process diagram
    Making chemical solutions
    Preparing growth media
    Adjusting pH
CE to CU Articulation
Yes, Bioprocess Practices,BPM110
Students who wish to register for BioWork must possess a high school diploma or GED, must attend an information session, and must either pass a placement test in reading and math or provide proof of having successfully completed college-level math and English classes at an accredited US college.
Text and Supplies Needed
BioWork manuals I and II (copyright 2011, North Carolina Biotechnology Center) JJ Keller’s OSHA Safety Training Handbook (7th edition, JJ Keller& Associates, Inc.).
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Lab Module
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 85% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Those with at least a high school diploma or GED who are unemployed; transitioning, especially from other manufacturing sectors; or starting a new career.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Biowork Process Technician, Manufacturing Process Technician I
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Manufacturing Process Technician
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Course Contact Information
Cynthia Lawrence