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BioWork is a 128-hour introductory course bringing together the basics of manufacturing and the fundamentals of science – two essentials for competent, entry-level technicians in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical manufacturing. 

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  1.  On The Job Training    
  2.  Estimated Salary  
  3.  Costs  
  4.  Admission Requirements  
  5.  Additional Information  
A Relevant Framework for On-The-Job Training

BioWork-certified graduates enter the work force ready to learn company operations and tasks.  They are primed with knowledge and will be eager to begin their on-the-job training.  Equipped with BioWork knowledge and skills, they are prepared to:

  • Read a process diagram 
  • Use the metric system for measurements and conversions
  • Adjust pH
  • Read gauges
  • Make chemical solutions, including w/w%, w/v%, and v/v%
  • Prepare growth media
  • Comply with cGMP
  • Follow an SOP
  • Complete a batch record
  • Calculate formulas
  • Work with chemicals
  • Read and understand a MSDS
  • Use laboratory glassware correctly, including pipettes, beakers, flasks, volumetric flasks
Estimated Salary

Earnings vary based on skill and experience, but the average salary is $13-$ 15 per hour.
  • Bioprocess Manufacturing Technician
  • Aseptic Manufacturing Technician
  • Manufacturing Preparation Technician
  • Formulation and Fill Technician
  • Packaging Technician               
  • Process Technician
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Chemical Equipment Operator
  • Chemical Plant and System Operator
Students who complete the 128-hour course hope to gain positions with companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing field such as Greer Laboratories, Galaxe Pharma Sciences, Polychem Alloy, Adhezion Biomedical, or Alphavax.
Registration Fees

  • The BioWork registration fee is $175 to include registration, textbook, and supplies.
  • The fee must be paid on the day of registration.
Admission Requirements
  • Must have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency
  • Prospective students must take a placement exam to determine math and reading levels
For Additional Information

Contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department Monday - Thursday 8 am - 8 pm and Friday, 8 am - 5 pm at (828) 726-2242 or 726