Home to more than 700 life science companies North Carolina currently ranks third in the nation for biotechnology. BioWork is a certificate program which can lead to an entry-level position as a process technician. Students will learn the foundational skills needed for a career with a biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or chemical manufacturing company.

BioWork is ideal for recent high school graduates, transitioning military, or anyone seeking a new career opportunity.

Learn more about process technician duties, and learning objectives.

Career Opportunities

Gain an entry-level position in forensic laboratories, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and research and development. Related opportunities also exist in customer service and sales.

Course Information

Required (Core) Laboratory activities that are fundamental to the learning objectives:

  • Unit 1 – Pharmaceutical Quality and cGMP
  • Unit 2 – Working Safely
  • Unit 3 – Measuring Process Parameters
  • Unit 4 – Chemical Process in Biomanufacturing
  • Unit 5 – Equipment and Materials
  • Unit 6 – Controlling the Process
  • Unit 7 – Facilities and Manufacturing Environment
  • Unit 8 – Biomanufacturing Production

Each unit will also offer Supportive Labs that reinforce learning objectives, but may be applicable to most manufacturing sectors. Optional Labs that additionally support learning objectives may also be available. Topics also include biotechnology industry and job overview, job search, resumes, and interviews.

Courses are currently in development; more information forthcoming. View all short course training opportunities throughout our service area.


Interested students must:


Scholarship Opportunities may be available.


Inquiries may be directed to:

  • Workforce & Continuing Education

    Pamela Fincher
    Director, Harnett County Continuing Education
  • Biopharma Industrial Companies

    Cathy Swindell
    Director, Industry Services
  • Bioprocess Technology

    Associate Degree coming Fall 2020 (Pending SACSCOC approval)
    Dr. Lisa Smelser
    Lead Instructor, Biotechnology Programs