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Program Description

ECC's Biomanufacturing Certificate Program provides graduates with an affordable education that combines actual biomanufacturing practices, lean manufacturing and hands-on lab equipment experiences. Students interested in science, technology, engineering and math will be equipped with the technical skills needed to begin a career right here in Western New York.

Erie Community College has partnered with local pharmaceutical, medical device and food processing companies to train entry-level biomanufacturing technicians, ones who can produce new drug discoveries, biomedical devices used in surgeries, and food products in a very clean environment.

Industry technicians are in high demand not only in Western New York but also throughout the United States. Graduates of this program can expect to work in a manufacturing environment that is clean and regulated by the FDA ensuring these products are safe or human use. Graduates of this program can select from several career paths as technicians or operators of clean room manufacturing, research and development of new drugs, product testing of new medical devices, or in food manufacturing and safety. You don't have to be a scientist to work in this industry. There are plenty of opportunities for a wonderful career.

The Instructors who teach our core courses work in biomanufacturing and food production Industries. The program's curriculum encompasses courses in good manufacturing practices, lean manufacturing and regulatory compliance agency guidelines. Students practice how to read, write and interpret standard operating procedures. They are instructed in aseptic processes, bio-safety and basic laboratory skills. They will have hands-on training in laboratory equipment, cleanroom simulation and gowning to meet specific needs of local industry.

In the second semester students choose between two options of study:

Option A: Pharmaceutical/Medical Device; or Option B: Food Processing.

Option A: Pharmaceutical/Medical Device

Graduate job opportunities include such positions as:

  • pharmaceutical production;
  • quality control technician;
  • medical device technician; and
  • medical device quality control technician.

Fact: Western New York companies are hiring biotechnicians to manufacture new drugs and surgical medical devices discovered through biotechnology research.

Option B: Food Processing

Graduate job opportunities include such positions as:

  • food processing technician;
  • food processing quality control technician; and
  • food processing operators.

Fact: There are over 700 food manufacturers in Western New York employing over 18,000 people. Microbreweries, distilleries, yogurt, ice cream and cheese producers need biotechnicians.

Degree: Certificate
Hegis: 5205
Curriculum Code: 2150
Campus Location: North
Health Sciences Division

Available at:

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
An interest in one or all of the following, science, technology, engineering and math

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Opportunities for clean manufacturing, quality control and line operator technicians with local businesses


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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