The Certificate in Biodiesel Production program offered by Southeastern Illinois College is intended for students with an interest in sustainability and alternative energy sources production. According to the program at SIC, biofuels have become significant sources of transportation fuel in the United States and the transportation industry is a constantly thriving one. This growing incorporation of biofuels has resulted in a demand for professionals that can effectively deal with the transition. Graduates of this program should be able to seek positions in the biofuel industry, transfer to another institution for additional study, or start their own endeavor in the field.
There are a few aspects of biodiesel that the university feels students should be aware of. Biodiesel burns more cleanly and efficiently than normal diesel and is easier to transport and store as it has a higher flash-point. Additionally, it has higher lubricity than traditional diesel and can therefore potentially extend the life of an engine.
In order to complete the program, students must earn a total of 33 hours of credit. Students that enroll at a rate of 16-17 credits per semester can graduate in one year. The coursework in this program is intended to provide students with some basic technical skills as well as relevant scientific knowledge. Students enroll in a Basic Welding class in order to gain some hands-on experience in the practice. Candidates are exposed to basic organic and inorganic chemistry and aspects of basic internal combustion. There is a required OSHA General Industry Safety and Awareness course that prepares students for safe handling and practice with biodiesel.
Applicants must submit an official copy of their high school transcript or GED scores and official college transcripts to the Enrollment Services Office.
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
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