Fundamentals of Energy Certificate

Below are course descriptions for the three college credit courses in the Fundamentals of Energy certificate : 

ELPW 111 - Introduction to the Electrical Industry and Power Grid

  • Learn the basic introduction to the systems and components that make up a basic electrical system, including generation, transmission, and distribution.
  • Study the history behind electrical utility industry and how the electrical system in the United States was established and how Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse influenced the development of electrical systems.
  • Learn how the electrical industry was first regulated and how regulation of the industry has changed.
  • Gain knowledge of how the electrical industry is currently being "re-regulated" to encourage competition and knowledge of the system operations and marketing of electricity.
  • Learn how the electrical industry is segmented into utility sectors, such as investor-owned, federally owned, publicly owned and cooperatively owned utilities. 
ENRT 103 - Electrical Industry Applied Math
  • This course will teach basic math skills and apply those to energy industry situations.
  • Learn the metric system, basic volume and area calculations as well as algebra and trigonometry and how they apply to industry specific situations.

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ELPW 105 - Electrical System Fundamentals
  • Learn about several types of power generation stations, such as large fossil-fired plants, hydroelectric power plants, gas turbine and combined cycle generating stations and finally a brief look at wind generation.
  • Gain knowledge on power generation and how the power is delivered from the power station to the consumer.
  • Learn about transmission lines and related components within a typical transmission system, such as step-up and step-down transformers, circuit breakers, disconnects and protective relaying. 

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