Biomanufacturing

About Us

How does this program differ from Biotechnology?

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SLCC's Biotechnology Program, a nationally recognized biotechnology training program, provides training for entry-level positions in research and development labs.  This program ranks among top programs in the nation, along with the recognized biotechnology training centers in California, the Midwest, New England, and North Carolina.

Through research and development, an idea for a biotechnological product can be tested and optimized.  Once this has been accomplished, the product can be manufactured.  The Biomanufacturing Program trains workers that are responsible for the manufacturing of such products, and so the two programs complement each other.

 

How does this program compare to others around the U.S.?

The Biomanufacturing Program is a unique career and technical education program in Utah aimed at training college and high school students for entry- to mid- level production worker positions in the biotechnology industry.  It prepares students very well for immediate hands-on work in critical, high-impact industries in a way no other general manufacturing training program can.  A core focus of the Biomanufacturing Program is on quality systems & regulations as they relate to the biotechnology manufacturing industry.  One of the Program’s most exciting features is its many project-based learning and internship opportunities, which are tightly woven into the program’s structure and enhance the regular course work.

Several biomanufacturing programs are offered at other community/technical colleges across the nation, especially colleges tied to biotechnology training centers such as those in California, the Midwest, New England, and North Carolina.  What makes SLCC’s program special is STUDENTfacturED, a new hands-on practical experience in the form of a student-run manufacturing enterprise (funded by a NSF ATE grant DUE-1003292).  STUDENTfacturED will give students an opportunity to learn, apply, and reinforce life science-related quality and regulatory concepts & skills, as well as allow them to experience working in a good manufacturing practices (GMP) and regulatory compliant environment.  Students exiting this program should have developed the competence and confidence necessary to have a successful career in this industry.

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What are the credentials of the faculty & staff?

The Biomanufacturing Program is staffed by instructors who have highly relevant biomanufacturing industry-related experience.  Many of them are working at local companies in addition to teaching for the program.  Such instructors are preferred because their expertise is up-to-date and they can address competencies currently needed by potential employers.

For more detail, please refer to the Faculty section of the Biomanufacturing Program website.

 

How long will it take to complete the program?

The Biomanufacturing Program offers several courses of study and awards as follows:

Award

Credit Hours

Semesters (full-time)

Biomanufacturing Certificate of Completion

30

2

Biomanufacturing Diploma

47

3

Biomanufacturing Associate of Applied Science

65-69

4

 

In addition, students will be awarded Certificates of Competency when they have successfully shown, through rigorous assessment tests, competency in particular skill sets.   These Certificates of Competency can be used to demonstrate mastery of important skill sets to employers.

 

How much will the program cost?

Current Tuition / Fees

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Books

$300 - $1,500, dependent on course of study chosen (Certificate of Completion, Diploma, AAS)

Lab Fee

Dependent on lab-based course(s) taken

 

Career & Program Information:

The U.S. Education Department now requires institutions to provide Gainful Employment information to prospective students that provides consumer information on program costs, student debt and completion. The Career & Program Information will provide a comparison between similar programs at different institutions.

 

Is this program for me?

This program is well-suited for those who are curious about how things work / how things are made, as well as those interested in products that have medical or health benefits.

Adequate preparation is required.  Readiness can be provided by the successful completion of certain high school courses, such as the following:

  • Biology / Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Math: e.g. Algebra, Applied Math I/II, Geometry
  • Computer Technology
  • Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Physics I or Physics with Technology
  • Statistics

If you are not ready to enroll, the program's staff can advise you on how to get prepared.

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National surveys of biomanufacturing companies have revealed that the following traits, characteristics, and behaviors are highly desirable for success in biomanufacturing jobs:

  • ability to follow directions
  • ability to take constructive criticism
  • ability to handle stress
  • accountability
  • attention to detail
  • "big picture" perspective
  • communicates well
  • consistency/appreciation for structure
  • curiosity/ability to question
  • dependability
  • good judgment
  • hard working
  • integrity
  • mechanical aptitude
  • motivated/can take initiative
  • organized
  • positive attitude
  • preciseness/meticulousness
  • problem-solving ability
  • professional/respectfulness
  • resourcefulness
  • sense of humor
  • self-critical
  • team player/works well with others

 

Where will I be able to work & how much can I make?

Graduates will qualify for manufacturing positions such as:

  • Assembly technician
  • Calibration technician
  • Documentation coordinator
  • Inventory coordinator/manager
  • Lab analyst/technician
  • Maintenance technician
  • Operator
  • Packaging Technician
  • Process Technician
  • Production technician
  • Quality control technician
  • Quality inspector

The typical pay for these jobs will start in the range of $10-14 per hour + benefits, depending on the course of study, the level of education completed, and the industry sector chosen. 

 

What are the facilities & equipment like?

The Biomanufacturing Program is located at SLCC’s Jordan campus in the Jordan Health Science (JHS) building.

A state-of -the-art facility is where instruction takes place and high-end biotechnology equipment is available, such as:

  • Automatic Petri Plate Pouring System
  • Bioreactor System
  • Biosafety Cabinets
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography System
  • MicroArray System
  • Microplate Reader System
  • Pipette Calibration Systems
  • Precision Pump System and Pipettors

 

Where will classes be held?

The Biomanufacturing Program is located at SLCC Jordan Campus, at 3491 West Wights Fort Rd. West Jordan, Utah in the Jordan Health Science (JHS) building.

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