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Energy Systems Electrical Engineering Technology


Program Objectives

Graduates will be able to: (1) solve technical problems typical of those encountered in the energy systems electrical engineering technology discipline by using critical thinking skills, current technology, and principles of mathematics and applied science; (2) work and communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams in both industrial and academic settings; and (3) understand current professional issues and the need to pursue lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes

  1. Solve technical problems typical of those encountered in the Energy Systems Engineering Technology discipline by using critical thinking skills, current technology, and principles of mathematics and applied science.
  2. Work and communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams in both industrial and academic settings.
  3. Understand current professional issues and the need to pursue lifelong learning.
  4. Demonstrate safe work practices on energy systems equipment while following National Electrical Code (NEC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 70E, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, and other required guidelines.
  5. Use written and verbal communication skills to apply and interview for a job, work in a team environment, and interpret technical documentation.
  6. Utilize test equipment to troubleshoot, analyze, and repair electrical, electronic, and instrumentation related circuits.
  7. Analyze basic power electronics, Alternating (AC), Direct Current (DC), and logic fundamentals.
  8. Create schematics to document electrical, electronic, and process control systems. Utilize electrical diagrams and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) to complete troubleshooting, routine, and maintenance tasks.
  9. Identify components, parts, and materials associated with motor controls and process instrumentation.
  10. Apply a fundamental understanding of pressure, temperature, level, flow, position, and analytical measurement to install, calibrate, and troubleshoot process instrumentation.
  11. Apply an in-depth knowledge of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD), motors, and generators to perform installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance related tasks.
  12. Design, troubleshoot, and document circuits for complex motor controls and associated devices.
  13. Describe components of electrical power transmission and distribution systems.
  14. Utilize test equipment to configure, troubleshoot, and replace protective relays.
  15. Understand and troubleshoot Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) control loops on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and standalone process controllers.
  16. Design and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) / Programmable Automatic Controllers (PAC) programs and associated Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) for industrial processes.
  17. Identify the correct pump or valve for a given process condition and apply a theoretical understanding of pumps and valves to troubleshoot final element issues.
  18. Utilize the fundamentals of thermodynamics and boiler operation to troubleshoot and maintain process control associated with steam plants.
  19. Utilize the fundamentals of networks and digital communications to troubleshoot and maintain distributed plant automation and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
  20. Utilize critical thinking skills to isolate and identify a problem given a work order.
Annual Enrollment and Graduation Data
YearEnrollmentGraduates
2016 29 14
2015 30 5
2014 29 13
2013 31 13
2012 21 11

* Enrollments: Number of students majoring in the program enrolled in the fall semester of the academic year.

Graduates: Number of students awarded a degree during the academic year.

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