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Utilities Engineering Technology Program Code 104681

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Utilities Engineering Technology prepares students for employment as utility system engineering technicians, designers, coordinators, planners, construction supervisors, project managers, estimators and equipment maintenance technicians, substation test (relay) technicians, in the utility industry from power generation through transmission and distribution.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

. Systems Control & Relay Technician: installs, tests, adjusts, calibrates, repairs, and troubleshoots electrical power systems, protective relays, controls, alarms, metering, remote controls and telemetering equipment. Coordinates the installation and modification of protective relays with engineers.

. Substation Technician: installs, tests, adjusts and repairs power transformers, loads tap changers, potential transformers, current transformers, high voltage switchgears, battery and charger systems and control equipment used in substations. Evaluates transformer oil analysis and conducts high-potential tests, Doble tests, primary injections, breaker trip tests, contact resistances tests, etc.

. Distribution Systems Designer: designs systems for construction and maintenance of natural gas and electric systems. Develops construction plans, prepares cost estimates, creates material requirements, processes work requests and prepares documents.

. Power Plant Instrument Technician: analyzes and repairs electrical and instrumentation/controls hardware and software in a power generation plant. Troubleshoots, maintains, and repairs generator excitation systems, synchronization systems, and voltage regulators.

. Relay Technologist: ensures safe and effective operation of transmissions, distribution and generation facilities by calibrating, testing, maintaining and repairing protective and auxiliary relays, relay systems and associated communication equipment.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

. Utilities Construction Project Manager
. Power Plant Maintenance Supervisor
. Substation Design Supervisor
. Substation Preventive Maintenance Supervisor
. Electro-Mechanical Technician
. Electronics Technician
. Field Service Technician

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

904561, Industrial Maintenance

Program Outcomes

. Identify and apply the necessary safety procedures required to work safely in the electrical and gas utility industry.
. Acquire an understanding of the utility industry from generation through distribution.
. Perform standard testing of electrical distribution equipment.
. Plan, manage and implement utility projects.
. Explore the overall operation and control of utility generation and distribution equipment.
. Conduct nondestructive and predictive testing of electrical distribution equipment.
. Examine and apply knowledge of gas, electricity, electronics, hydraulics, electric motors and mechanical systems.
. Draw and read technical schematics and diagrams.
. Document technical information through descriptive writing, sketches/diagrams, mathematical expression, computation, and graphs.
. Construct ladder diagrams, flow charts, timing diagrams and basic computer control algorithms for machine control.
. Perform electrical/mechanical assembly/disassembly, repair, and calibrate components by selecting tools and equipment and following procedures.
. Implement the basic fastening skills related to machine fabrication and assembly requirements.
. Apply electrical skills to troubleshoot control and operator panels.
. Apply gas diagnostic tools to troubleshoot and resolve system problems.
. Apply programming languages to the control of single programmable controllers and industrial networks.
. Apply computer hardware/software applications to utility systems for design and coordination.
. Apply critical thinking skills to solving problems.
. Effectively communicate and perform in a team environment.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Courses require mastery of algebra skills (real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, word problems and measurements).
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Elementary Algebra: 61; Reading Comprehension: 80; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Utilities Engineering Technician associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-614-113 2D Essentials
2
10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
1
10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
1
10-660-101 Digital 1: Logic
1
10-660-102 Digital 2: Sequential
1
10-660-104 DC 1: Introduction
1
10-660-105 DC 2: Circuits
1
10-660-106 DC 3: Circuit Theorems
1
10-664-100 Automation 1: Control Logic
1
10-664-101 Automation 2: Motor Control
1
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
4
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
19
SECOND SEMESTER

10-442-100 Metal Fabrication 1
2
10-468-100 Utility Safety
2
10-660-107 AC 1: Properties
1
10-660-108 AC 2: Reactance
1
10-660-109 AC 3: RLC Circuits
1
10-660-110 Electronics 1: Diodes-Basic
1
10-664-102 Automation 3: PLC
1
10-664-103 Automation 4: PLC
1
10-664-104 Automation 5: PLC
1
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps
3
10-806-143 College Physics 1
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
THIRD SEMESTER

10-468-101 Utility Power Systems Coor
3
10-468-105 Utility Generation Systems
2
10-605-157 Power Electronics 1: Devices
1
10-605-158 Power Electronics 2: Drives
1
10-620-159 Power Electronics 3: Drives
1
10-620-161 Power Electricity 1: Motors
1
10-620-162 Power Electricity 2: Motors
1
10-664-160 Control 1: Discrete Systems
1
10-664-161 Control 2: Process Systems
1
10-664-162 Control 3: Motion Systems
1
**10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-468-102 Utility Project Execution
3
10-468-103 Utility Systems Maintenance
3
10-468-104 Utility Systems-Natural Gas
3
10-606-113 CAD
2
10-801-197 Technical Reporting
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
17

TOTAL CREDITS
69

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
** Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in 10-801-136, English Composition to enroll in 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-442-100 METAL FABRICATION 1 ...safety and introduction to basic metal fabrication tools and equipment utilizing precision measuring tools, geometric nomenclature, basic layout and assembly skills along with polygon construction, and triangulation from scale drawings. (Prerequisite: 10-614-113, 2D Essentials)

10-468-100 UTILITY SAFETY ...learn utility system safety terminology, definitions and practices. Define safety responsibility, vehicle laws, rules and regulations. Identify substation components; demonstrate safe work procedures on a simulated energized system using testing tools. (Prerequisite: 10-660-106, DC 3: Circuit Theorems; Corequisites: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties; 10-660-108, AC 2: Reactance; 10-660-109 AC 3: RLC Circuits)

10-468-101 UTILITY POWER SYSTEMS COORDINATION ...learn utility systems interconnection from generation through distribution. Includes: powerhouse, hydroelectric, wind, solar and nuclear, EHV and HV transmission, the utility grid, device coordination, metering, protective relays, fuses, breakers, and fault current interrupting. (Prerequisite: Completion of 2nd semester coursework; Corequisites: 10-605-157, Power Electronics 1: Devices; 10-605-158, Power Electronics 2: Drives; 10-605-159, Power Electronics 3: Drives)

10-468-102 UTILITY PROJECT EXECUTION ...develop the utility project management skills necessary to manage and execute a construction project from concept through commissioning. Learn project utility planning, design and execution skills with hands-on methods and real world applications. (Prerequisite: 10-468-101, Utility Power Systems Coordination)

10-468-103 UTILITY SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE ...learn utility systems testing methods and hands-on experience with the tools necessary to provide preventive and predictive maintenance services for electrical distribution equipment. Utilize standard utility testing tools, non-destructive testing tools and predictive failure analysis methods. (Prerequisite: 10-468-101, Utility Power Systems Coordination)

10-468-104 UTILITY SYSTEMS-NATURAL GAS ...learn natural gas utility systems configuration from supply sources to local distribution and customer loads. Train on basic gas utility field installation and service practices. (Prerequisites: 10-468-101, Utility Power Systems Coordination; 10-442-100, Metal Fabrication 1)

10-468-105 UTILITY GENERATION SYSTEMS ...learn utility generation systems types, configuration and basic operation and maintenance of generation systems. Includes: powerhouse, gas turbine, hydroelectric, wind, solar and nuclear. Emphasis of coal fired & gas generation systems (Prerequisite: Completion of second semester coursework; Corequisites: 10-605-157, Power Electronics 1: Devices; 10-605-158, Power Electronics 2: Drives; 10-605-159, Power Electronics 3: Drives)

10-605-157 POWER ELECTRONICS 1: DEVICES ...the device characteristics and applications of thyristors, power transistors, and switching devices. (Prerequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-605-158 POWER ELECTRONICS 2: DRIVES ...power circuitry of AC and DC drives and basic setup and application of an industrial DC and AC drives to DC and AC motors.

10-606-113 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING) ...computer aided drafting using AutoCAD software focusing on template settings; creating and manipulating layers; basic drawing, editing, and inquiry commands; blocks and attributes; and plotting. (Corequisites: 10-607-119, Intro to Civil Engineering Technology OR 10-606-119, Technical Sketching OR 10-614-113, 2D Essentials)

10-614-113 2D ESSENTIALS ... an introduction to technical communication, annotation, geometric construction, model, orthographic and pictorial, section and auxiliary views and dimensioning.

10-620-100 FLUIDS 1: BASIC PNEUMATICS ...what fluid power is, differentiate between hydraulics and pneumatics, implement basic pneumatic circuits, utilize schematics, apply Pascal's Law, define properties of fluids, implement airflow control and hydraulics cylinder circuits.

10-620-101 FLUIDS 2: BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulics actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's Law, summarize the effects of fluids friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves. (Corequisite: 10-620-100, Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics)

10-620-159 POWER ELECTRONICS 3: DRIVES ...power circuitry of AC drives and application of industrial AC drives to AC motors. (Corequisite: 10-605-158, Power Electronics 2: Drives)

10-620-161 POWER ELECTRICITY 1: MOTORS ...DC motors and generator configuration, shunt, compound, and permanent magnet DC motor performance and characteristics.

10-620-162 POWER ELECTRICITY 2: MOTORS ...single and 3-phase AC Induction motors, specialty motor performance and characteristics, and three-phase power systems.. (Corequisite: 10-620-161, Power Electricity 1: Motors)

10-660-101 DIGITAL 1: LOGIC ...AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, logic operation using switch logic, ladder logic, and gate logic. Simplification methods using Boolean theorems and Karnaugh Maps, and timing diagram analysis.

10-660-102 DIGITAL 2: SEQUENTIAL ...operation and connection of latches, RS flip-flops, JK flip-flops, and D flip-flops using timing diagram analysis, and some simple applications are studied. (Corequisite: 10-660-101, Digital 1: Logic)

10-660-104 DC 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to the concepts of DC electricity and simple series circuits. Voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, power and Kirchoff's Voltage Law are defined.

10-660-105 DC 2: CIRCUITS ...analysis of parallel and series-parallel circuits. Application of Kirchoff's Current Law to parallel circuit combinations. Introduction of current sources and source conversions. (Corequisites: 10-804-118, Interim Algebra w Apps OR equivalent; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro)

10-660-106 DC 3: CIRCUIT THEOREMS ...analysis of circuits using various advanced methods. Branch, loop and node methods are studied. Eight network theorems are presented for the solution of circuit voltages and circuits. (Corequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits)

10-660-107 AC 1: PROPERTIES ...introduction to the properties of capacitors and inductors including types and behavior in switching circuits. Inductor basics include a study of magnetic fields. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-660-108 AC 2: REACTANCE ...study of the way inductive, capacitive and resistive components behave in a circuit excited by a sine waveform. Effective and average values of the sinewave are derived. (Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-660-109 AC 3: RLC CIRCUITS ...power flow in complex AC circuits based on resistive and reactive components. Description of the power triangle and power factor. Calculation of voltages and currents in complex AC circuits. (Corequisite: 10-660-108, AC 2: Reactance)

10-660-110 ELECTRONICS 1: DIODES-BASIC ...introduction to the characteristics and usage of semiconductor diodes in rectifiers and linear power supplies. Special diodes and diode circuits are also considered. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-664-100 AUTOMATION 1: CONTROL LOGIC ...electric motor control components such as switches, relays, starters, transformers; and safely mount and install motor and motor control components and perform related wiring and troubleshooting of motor control circuits.

10-664-101 AUTOMATION 2: MOTOR CONTROL ...electric motor control components such as sensors, timers and counters. (Corequisite: 10-664-100, Automation 1: Control Logic)

10-664-102 AUTOMATION 3: PLC ...basic programmable logic controller programming and troubleshooting.

10-664-103 AUTOMATION 4: PLC ...troubleshooting a PLC system, applying Event Sequencing, developing PLC applications, applying timer instructions and counter instructions. (Corequisite: 10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC)

10-664-104 AUTOMATION 5: PLC ...application, troubleshooting, and implementation of program control, math and data move instructions, analog I/O modules, and producing a PLC program from specification. (Corequisite: 10-664-103, Automation 4: PLC)

10-664-160 CONTROL 1: DISCRETE SYSTEMS ...applications and utilization of motion feedback devices, force measurement devices, temperature sensors, and fluid measurement devices. (Prerequisite:10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC OR 10-664-104, Automation 5: PLC)

10-664-161 CONTROL 2: PROCESS SYSTEMS ...Open-loop versus closed-loop systems, industrial control systems, two-position control and its applications, PID control and its applications, and relationship between process response and proper mode of control. (Corequisite: 10-664-160, Control 1: Discrete Systems)

10-664-162 CONTROL 3: MOTION SYSTEMS ...hydraulic and pneumatic proportional/servo valves, servo motors, configuration and programming of an analog motion control system. (Corequisite: 10-664-161, Control 2: Process Systems)

10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS ...algebra content with applications. Topics include properties of real numbers, order of operations, algebraic solution for linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial and rational expressions, operations with rational exponents and radicals, algebra of inverse, logarithmic and exponential functions. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Algebra=61 or ACT-Math 21 or 10-834-110, Elem Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better or equivalent AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-804-196 TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS ...topics include circular functions, graphing of trigonometry functions, identities, equations, trigonometric functions of angles, inverse functions, solutions of triangles complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, polar coordinates, and vectors. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-CM=63 or ACT-Math 24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-143 COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 ...presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, and heat. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 OR ACT Math=15 OR 10-834-109, Pre-Algebra w “C” or better or equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.