State Fair Community College

Industrial Technology with Emphasis in Biomass Energy

Working in the field of biomass energy is the 'wave of the future,' and SFCC can help you ride that wave.

The Industrial Technology with Emphasis in Biomass Energy program utilizes biomass energy sources such as wood chips, agricultural residues or even municipal waste to produce such commodities as electricity, transportation fuels and renewable natural gas, as well as to generate heat for buildings, whole communities or for industrial processes.

An Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology with Emphasis in Biomass Energy offers significant employment opportunities and prepares students to pursue careers in this varied and growing career field. Curriculum is structured to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the theory and application of the various types of renewable energy technology, the biomass emphasis enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of power plant operations, biomass chemistry and selecting fuels for applications, operating boilers and reciprocating internal combustion engines.

In addition to classroom time, students gain hands-on lab experience and internship opportunities. The program emphasizes environmental protection systems, OSHA safety training and an understanding of the National Electrical Code as it applies to the installation of power generation systems. Proficiency in math; use of computers, safety equipment and hand tools; and an understanding of basic chemistry are required for this degree.  

What types of job opportunities are available?

Possible jobs for students who successfully complete biomass energy program include plant and boiler operators, production workers, maintenance mechanics or technicians, load out operators, quality managers, plant engineers or salespersons.

The U.S. Department of Agricultures projects that more than 500 bio-refineries will need to be built by 2022 to meet added requirements for advanced bio-fuels.

Program requirements

View COURSE CATALOG for all program requirements.

This program requires students to have certain essential qualifications in order to be admitted and retained in the program. Click Essential Skills to view program specific qualifications.


John Burns
Director, Renewable Energy Technology
(660) 596-7151

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