Texas A&M to host course on plant operations, process engineering

By Texas A&M University | August 22, 2016

The Process Engineering R&D Center, a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M, is offering a short course, entitled “Practical Short Course on Plant Operations and Process Engineering for Solvent and Biofuel Facilities,” Oct. 16-19 at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

“This course will focus on the fundamentals of the infrastructure, equipment, and process engineering unit operations required for success in modern, efficient, agricultural processing facilities,” said course organizer Rich Clough. “This will be helpful to new personnel as well as veterans in the industry. These folks may work in crush plants, fuel ethanol or biodiesel plants, corn wet/dry milling, or sugar beet operations. The common thread is that everyone from this sector deals with electrical power, PLCs, steam distribution, heat exchange, separations, conveyance systems, logistics and so on. We are fortunate to have a loyal lineup of instructors who are industry experts each with a career’s-worth of knowledge and experience to teach our attendees.”

The Process Engineering R&D Center (formerly known as the Food Protein R&D Center) is known for hosting its hands-on practical short courses, so named because of the live demonstrations held at its pilot plants where participants see processing equipment in action.

“Everyone enjoys the demos, even experienced processors,” Clough said. “It’s exciting because some of our participants are seeing some types of equipment for the first time, and even our seasoned operators often learn something new.”

The course objectives are to receive comprehensive training in plant operations, to learn about and receive hands-on training in processing engineering, and to learn about emerging extraction/solvent plant and biofuel technologies.

The course is geared towards supervisors and processing personnel from extraction plants, refineries, fuel ethanol and biodiesel plants, and individuals from other ag processing facilities interested in learning more about plant operations and process engineering.

To register, or for more information including accommodations and registration costs, click here.  

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