Coal Chemistry Technician Training

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    About the Course

    This one-and-a-half day course provides comprehensive training on the coal characterization standards that are used in laboratories around the world. The course offers a review of good laboratory practices in coal chemistry focusing on the standards most frequently used in coal chemistry labs.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Discuss the composition and classification of coal
    • Discuss the preparation process for coal samples
    • Calculate analytical values of coal

    Who Should Attend

    • Laboratory technicians
    • Chemists
    • Professionals new to testing
    • Anyone working in fossil fuel testing laboratories

    A B.S. Chemist degree or a Chemical Technician degree or equivalent with 3-5 years experience is recommended.

    Course Description

    Day One (8:30pm - 4:30 pm)

    • Composition and Classifications of Coal
    • ASTM International and Coal Standards
    • Preparation of Coal Samples
    • Calculating Analytical Values of Coal to Different Bases
    • Proximate Analysis
    • Ultimate Analysis

    Day 2 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm)

    • Precision and Bias
    • Miscellaneous Analyses
    • Composition of Coal and Coke Ash
    • Thermal Swelling and Plastic Properties of Coals

    ASTM Coal Chemistry Technician Training Certificate Program

    An optional examination at the conclusion of the course is available to receive an ASTM Coal Chemistry Technician Training Certificate. The examination will be composed of multiple choice questions. Each student who receives a score of 80% or better will receive a certificate indicating they have successfully achieved the learning objective of the course.

    The benefits of receiving a certificate include:

    • Helping employers judge the skills of existing or potential employees
    • Allowing certificate holders to differentiate themselves from others in their profession and advance their careers
    • Listing in the ASTM Directory of Certificate Holders

    Referenced Documents

    Book of Standards Volume 05.06

    Fee Includes:

    • Copy of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 05.06: Gaseous Fuels, Coal and Coke
    • Copy of the ASTM Manual Routine Coal and Coke Analysis: Collection, Interpretation, and Use of Analytical Data
    • Course notes
    • Certificate of Completion with 1.1 Continuing Education Units

    About the Instructor

    Dr. John T. Riley is Professor Emeritus from Western Kentucky University, where he taught advanced analytical and coal chemistry courses. Dr. Riley has served as Manager of the Coal and Fuel Characterization Laboratory, Director of the Center for Coal Science, and Director of the Materials Characterization Center of Western Kentucky University. Dr. Riley is the Vice Chair of ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke and belongs to numerous other professional societies. He is the author or coauthor of hundreds of papers presented at scientific meetings, and 168 publications. Dr Riley received his B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Western Kentucky University and his Ph.D. in Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

    About Sponsoring Committee

    Organized in 1898, ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the world's most widely used and accepted documents. Committee D05 on Coal and Coke developed the standards used in this course. For more information on Committee D05 go to our D05 technical committee page.

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    How Learning Will Be Assessed

    Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.

    Attendee Praise

    Praise from recent attendees of the course:

    "... an excellent course. I was uber-impressed with the instructor's knowledge."

    "Good class, well organized and presented."

    "Helped me understand the background of the standards."

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