Biotechnology

Wake Tech offers a variety of non-degree, short classes and certificate training programs in biotechnology, including hands-on training in biomanufacturing and biopharmaceutical operations in a simulated industrial, current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) environment.

For those interested in earning a degree to work in the biotech industry, visit Wake Tech's Biotechnology Department.

Financial assistance available

Workforce Continuing Education offers financial assistance for many workforce training programs through the Propel program and other resources. Email [email protected] for more information.

Course details and registration information

Course
Biowork: Process Technician Training
Name
BTC-3200A7
Overall Quality of This Course
★★★★★
Based on 456 student surveys.
Available Classes
    Section Location Begin Date End Date Instructor Price Seats Available/Total Seats
269886 Online 01/31/2023 05/10/2023 G. Picard $180.00 0/25
275218 Online 03/15/2023 05/15/2023 S. MacKinnon $180.00 17/25
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 can also be useful for individuals with degrees in Biological sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or other fields who want to enter employment in biomanufacturing or pharmaceutical manufacturing and lack the knowledge of the products, regulations, and manufacturing methods used in these industries.
Description
The BioWork Process Technician course is designed to provide basic preparation for entry-level process technician jobs in bioprocess manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and chemical manufacturing. BioWork provides competencies to 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. BioWork graduates are sought after to become employed in the Biopharmaceutical Industry here in Wake county and the surrounding counties. BioWork certification feeds in to two separate Wake-Tech degree programs, which means a BioWork graduate can pursue their associates degree here at Wake Tech after being hired in the industry. Many industries in our area provide educational benefit for their employees. What that means for the BioWork graduate is a job, and the potential to earn a degree with very little out of pocket costs, which equals not only employment opportunities but also opportunities for advancement. BioWork is also a Propel Scholarship sponsored program here at Wake Tech, which means you can potentially earn this certification for free. If you think this is for you, all you have to do is apply and register today.
Course Objectives
  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. Unit 1: Pharmaceutical Quality and CGMP – quality methods, standards, and practices utilized in the biomanufacturing industry and how the federal government regulates and enforces these.
  2. Unit 2: Working Safely – hazards and risks within the biomanufacturing industry and how industry practices, education, and federal agencies such as OSHA work to minimize these hazards and risks.
  3. Unit 3: Measuring Process Parameters – process variables such as length, mass, volume, pressure, and other parameters are measured and converted back and forth between the metric and English unit systems.
  4. Unit 4: Chemical Processes in Biomanufacturing – introduction to common chemicals in the workplace, basic chemical safety, nature of chemicals, chemical families, chemical reactions, and mixtures / solutions.
  5. Unit 5: Equipment and Utilities – discussion of inputs, process steps, outputs, facility organization, process equipment (tanks, piping systems, pumps, valves, and seals), facility utilities (gases, water, steam, heating and cooling, hydraulics, electricity, and waste treatment.
  6. Unit 6: Controlling the Process – common unit operations, separation methods and equipment, process control parameters and methods, process control instrumentation, and manual / automatic control methods.
  7. Unit 7: Facilities and the Manufacturing Environment – facility design and operation considerations including biopharmaceutical facility regulatory requirements, facility monitoring and maintenance, and contamination control concerns / methods.
  8. Unit 8: Biomanufacturing Production – detailed discussion of biomanufacturing steps that are common to many product types and specific production steps unique to or found in a number of special product categories.
  9. In addition to the above-mentioned unit materials contained within the BioWork textbook, instruction and discussion about job seeking skills such as resume development, searching for jobs online, LinkedIn or other professional networking tool, and interview questions is included in this course. Students are strongly encouraged and invited to attend virtual career fairs that have as many as 30 industry partners that readily attend.
Contact Hours
136
CEU's
13.6
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
Yes
Certification
Partnership for Biotechnology Workforce Training – Process Technician Examination
Website URL
https://www.scantron.com/programs/partnership-for-biotechnology-workforce-training-process-technician-exam/
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. Complying with cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices)
  2. Following an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)
  3. Completing Batch Records
  4. Reading an SDS (Safety Data Sheet)
  5. An awareness of the importance of safety for the workers and product
  6. Using the metric system and measuring process parameters
  7. Understanding mechanical components of process operations (tanks, pumps, valves, etc.)
  8. Reading gauges
  9. Understanding different utility requirements (water, air, electrical, waste systems) for different parts of process operations
  10. Reading process diagrams and understanding feedback systems
  11. Determining manufacturing process similarities and differences for various product types
  12. Resume writing, job interview and networking skills
CE to CU Articulation
Yes, Bioprocess Practices,BPM110 and Industrial Environment, PTC110
Prerequisites
Students who wish to register for BioWork must possess a high school diploma or GED, must complete an online information session.
Text and Supplies Needed
BioWork: An Introductory Course for Process Technicians, Third Edition, Revised 2020; JJ Keller’s OSHA Safety Training Handbook (8th edition, JJ Keller& Associates, Inc.).
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Lab Module or Virtual replacements for onsite laboratory exercises
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 80% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Tests - students must score an 80% on each unit exam to stay in the course. Students are allowed one retest of each unit exam to reach that minimum exam score of 80%
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
High School Diploma or General Education Diploma
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 can also be useful for individuals with degrees in Biological sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or other fields who want to enter employment in biomanufacturing or pharmaceutical manufacturing and lack the knowledge of the products, regulations, and manufacturing methods used in these industries.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Bioprocess Technician 3 or 4, Manufacturing Process Technician I, Operation Specialist
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
Many employers within Wake County and surrounding counties
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Manufacturing Process Technician
  • Bioprocess Technician
  • Operation Specialist
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Cynthia Lawrence
919-335-1037