BioWork

BioWork

BioWork

What is BioWork?

The BioWork certificate program will teach you the foundational skills you need to begin a career as a process technician for a biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or chemical manufacturing company.  Process technicians are responsible for the production of chemical and pharmaceutical products. 

Process Technicians

  • Operate, monitor, and control the production process.
  • Receive, transport, and store materials.
  • Collect and analyze materials used in production.
  • Inspect and maintain the production equipment and control systems.
  • Keep critical records on the process and product.
  • Maintain company safety, health, and environmental standards. 

Get started with BioWork in 3 easy steps.

How long does this take?
It should take about 30 minutes.

What is the process?
Completing this process will prepare you for the placement test at your selected college(s).
Step 1: Select your preferred college(s).
Step 2: View the Info Session (about 25 minutes).
Step 3: Submit your contact information.

What is covered in BioWork?

Topics Include
  • Biotechnology Industry and Job Overview
  • Working Safely
  • Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Measurements, Metrics, and Math
  • Chemistry for Process Manufacturing
  • Process Flows, Technology, and Equipment
  • Controlling the Process and Maintaining Quality
  • Aseptic Processing
  • Fermentation and Cell Growth
  • Job Search, Resumes, and Interviews
Audience

We designed this course to cater to a wide range of student backgrounds and career goals. Are you just out of high school and looking to get started in a growing industry, or have you been working and are ready for a change? BioWork will help you take your career to the next level.

Before you can register for BioWork, you should:

  • Have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Attend an information session.
  • Complete reading and math placement tests.
Learning Objectives

After successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of quality systems such as International Standards Organization (ISO) and Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).
  • Measure length, volume, mass, and pressure using the metric system.
  • Identify workplace safety hazards.
  • Understand separation methods including evaporation, distillation, precipitation, crystallization, filtration, liquid extraction and chromatography.
  • Operate process equipment including an autoclave, incubator, microscope, balance, refractometer, pH meter, conductivity meter, and bioreactor.
  • Work aseptically to minimize product contamination.
  • Provide the optimal conditions for growing cells.
  • Apply and interview with confidence for an entry-level process technician job at a North Carolina pharmaceutical or biotechnology company.

Get started with BioWork in 3 easy steps.

How long does this take?
It should take about 30 minutes.

What is the process?
Completing this process will prepare you for the placement test at your selected college(s).
Step 1: Select your preferred college(s).
Step 2: View the Info Session (about 25 minutes).
Step 3: Submit your contact information.

Which community colleges offer BioWork?

Michelle Sabaoun
Department Head, Biotechnology & Biosciences
336-506-4224

Rick Shew
Director, Customized Training and Work-Based Learning; Instructor
828-759-4635

Cathy Swindell
Director of Industry Services, Industry Services
919-718-7212

Pamela A. Fincher
Harnett County Director of Continuing Education
910-814-8969

Dr. Lisa Smelser
Lead Instructor, Biotechnology Programs
919-718-7305

Amanda Maynard
Biotechnology Coordinator
919-209-2579

Upcoming Classes

Course Starts Ends Time
BioWork Tue, May 18 Tue, Aug 3 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
BioWork Tue, May 18 Tue, Aug 3 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
BioWork Mon, Aug 16 Wed, Dec 15 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
BioWork Mon, Aug 16 Wed, Dec 15 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
BioWork Mon, Aug 16 Wed, Dec 15 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
BioWork Tue, Aug 17 Tue, Dec 14 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
BioWork Tue, Aug 17 Tue, Dec 14 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Christina Weeks
Biotechnology Department Chair
252-493-7861

Stewart Lyon
Program Head of Bioprocess / Biotechnology
252-738-3632

Mike Morgan, PhD
BioWork Director
919-335-1037

Upcoming Classes

Course Starts Ends Time
BioWork Thu, Apr 29 Fri, Aug 13 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
BioWork Thu, May 6 Tue, Aug 17 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
BioWork Thu, May 20 Fri, Sep 3 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Kimberly Gamlin
Executive Dean of Continuing Education
252-246-1290