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Anaerobic Digester Technician

Anaerobic Digester Technician

Students earning a certificate in Anaerobic Digester Technology will be prepared to enter the field as an entry-level AD technician in various occupational settings including the agricultural, food processing, fisheries, and bio-fuel industries as well as the municipal wastewater and solid waste departments of city and county governments. The certificate program builds upon student knowledge by emphasizing the development of appropriate work habits and attitudes, interpersonal communication and teamwork skills, and the technical skills necessary for employment. Classroom instruction and practicum/lab instruction provide opportunities for students to achieve the competencies they need to comply with state and federal regulations, conduct and follow industry or company standard operating procedures, prepare for and facilitate agency regulator site visits, and safely operate and maintain existing anaerobic digesters.

Program Facts

Estimated Program Costs:

Tuition & Fees: $5,000

Books and materials: $4,500

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Jobs & Employment

Potential Positions

What can I do with an ADT certificate? Career opportunities within the agricultural sector include: installations at dairies, beef lots, chicken farms, and swine farms. Additional opportunities may be found at municipal or corporate digesters; food processors; fisheries; municipal solid waste divisions; retail food facilities; and the bio-fuel industry. Anaerobic digester technicians work with other technical personnel, such as farm and diary owners, regulators, vendors, maintenance electricians, and chemists and researchers.


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  • Quarter 1
  • ADTEC 126Basic Electricity5 credits

    This course presents the fundamentals of controls, motors, electrical theory and applications. Emphasis is placed on proper diagnostic and troubleshooting procedures. Lectures and textbook are supplemented by student’s individual work on projects.

  • ADTEC 200Anaerobic Digestion Essentials4 credits

    This is a lecture and laboratory-based course, covering the basics of anaerobic digestion, its operation and maintenance, and its relationship to farm operations, energy production, and regulatory oversight. Emphasis is placed on application of general anaerobic digestion principles to the commercial farm setting and understanding as well as experiencing what is required of technicians during routine, scheduled Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on such farm-based digester systems.

  • ADTEC 237Cooling Towers/Water Treatment1 credits

    This course presents a study of cooling towers and the treatment of the water used.

  • ADTEC 245Commercial/Industrial Boilers2 credits

    This course presents commercial and industrial boilers and combustion controls, advanced flame safeguards, safety, code compliance and efficiency testing of gas and oil fired systems.


Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This program admits students once a year, in the summer quarter.

Entry Requirements

This certificate program is offered to program students in Diesel Technology; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration; Instrumentation & Control Technology; Process Technology; and Electro Mechanical Technology, or by Dean’s admission; or BTC graduates who have earned an AAS degree in any of the above-mentioned degree programs.

Program Outcomes

  • Review, interpret, and create written, verbal, and graphic information to communicate effectively with co-workers, management, customers and regulatory compliance agencies.
  • Observe, record and adjust system elements and well as analyze, troubleshoot and diagnose basic process problems through the application of basic anaerobic digester theory fundaments
  • Read, interpret, and apply a variety of written and graphic information from a variety of sources to maintain anaerobic digester facilities equipment, troubleshoot and repair common problems using appropriate testing equipment, procedures and information systems.
  • Ensure safe work practices through compliance with national, state, and local regulations and industry standards as well as exhibit professional and personal conduct and appearance appropriate to the workplace.

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Scott Stidham

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