Renewable Fuels Technology


2012-2013 academic year

You can earn a renewable fuels technology certificate. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 17.5 Credit Hours.

Required Core Courses


Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ELMC 1015 Fundamentals of Electricity for Renewable Fuels
Fundamental electrical theory, including electrical components and their effects on AC and DC circuits. Covers electrical measurements with emphasis on circuit analysis using Ohm's law, circuit testing equipment, and the use of other instruments in the ethanol industry.
ELMC 1025 Fundamentals of Electricity Lab for Renewable Fuels
Lab experience for ELMC 1015 Fundamentals of Electricity for Renewable Fuels in the ethanol industry.
RNEW 1100 Process Dynamics
An introduction to the basic principles of industrial physics that are frequently encountered in an operating plant environment. Principles of flow, temperature, pressure, heat, gases, liquids, solids, fluid systems, process dynamics, and heat transfer are covered.
RNEW 1101 Ethanol Process Fundamentals
Covers in detail the overall fundamental process of ethanol production. A Process Flow Diagram of a typical ethanol plant will be used to examine the sequence of operation, including residence times, pressures, and temperatures seen in various stages of production. The course will explain the rationale for feedstock and additives used in ethanol processing as well as product and co-product production and use.
RNEW 1110 Mechanical and Fluid Fundamentals
This course presents a basic understanding of fluid fundamentals with emphasis on electronic and pneumatic control systems. Identification of pumps, valves, heat exchangers, cooling towers, compressors, refrigeration principles, and boiler systems will be presented. Start-up, shutdown, operation, and troubleshooting for each of these mechanical systems will be studied at an introductory level.
RNEW 1125 Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams
This course will cover the symbols and diagrams commonly used on piping and instrumentation diagrams, or P and IDs, and electrical one-line diagrams. Focus will be on identifying the types of diagrams, identifying instrument symbols and line symbols used on P and IDs, understanding the types of information typically found on a legend, using a P and ID to locate the components of a system, identification of symbols used on electrical one-line diagrams, and reading a flow diagram to trace the flow paths of a system.
RNEW 1140 Process Plant Chemistry
This course is designed to overview the relationship of science, technology, and management areas in regards to agricultural processing plant operations. The course has a strong emphasis on the product, operational, and business aspects of agricultural processing plants.
RNEW 1160 Instrumentation and Control
This course will provide a study of the fundamental concepts of programmable logic controls: hardware identification and application, and system testing. The course will also cover the calibration and troubleshooting of equipment used to measure flow rate, pressure, temperature, and pH.
RNEW 1165 Instrumentation and Control Lab
This laboratory will provide application of what is learned in the Instrumentation and Control Theory course through the use of process control trainers.

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