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.

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ELPW 105 – Electrical System Fundamentals
  • Learn the proper writing techniques used within the industry through practical industrial writing scenarios such as filling out work request orders, equipment logs and electrical switching orders.
  • Study the appropriate interpersonal skills needed to communicate effectively with co-workers and customers including resolving on-the-job conflicts and establishing positive working relations.
  • Learn what is considered acceptable behavior in the workplace and how to recognize unacceptable behaviors.

MATH 137 – Applied Algebra

  • Prerequisite: Qualifying placement score or completion of ASC 91 with a grade of C or better.
  • An intermediate algebra course for students enrolled in technology programs.
  • Topics include:
    • properties of real numbers, algebraic expressions, factoring, formula manipulation, graphing, linear equations, quadratic equations, solving systems of equations, simultaneous equations, exponents, radicals and logarithmic equations.

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If you are a student interested in participating in this program, get started by registering for your first class.