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Utilities Engineering Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 104681

As a graduate of the Utilities Engineering Technology associate degree program, you're prepared for careers in the utility industry, from power generation through transmission and distribution. Technicians in this field work on the equipment and systems that keep energy flowing safely and reliably from source to use. Typical careers include relay technologist, systems control and relay technician, substation technician, distribution systems designer, and power plant instrument technician.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Industrial Maintenance, 904561

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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

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
Green Bay
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Marinette
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Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Utilities Engineering Technician associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
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)
10-660-101 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 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A; 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)
10-664-100 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)
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
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: Accepted into Utilities Engineering Technology or preprogram; Corequisite: 10-660-106, DC 3: Circuit Theorems)
10-442-150 MACHINE FABRICATION 1 ...a study of joining processes including welding, brazing, soldering, mechanical fasteners and adhesives.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
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 OR 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B)
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)
10-664-102 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)
10-804-114 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1B ...topics include: performing operations on polynomials; solving quadratic and rational equations; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; and oblique triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: 10-804-113, Tech Math 1A with grade C or better)
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. (Prereq: 2.6 GPA & Alg 2 or equiv w/C or better; OR placement value of 3400; OR Accuplacer Reading greater/equal to 80, Arith greater/equal to 65, & Elem Alg greater/equal to 61; OR ACT Reading greater/equal to 17 & Math greater/equal to 21; OR Coll Tech Math 1A OR Int Alg w/C or better)
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 and gas generation systems. (Prerequisite: 10-468-100, Utility Safety)
10-614-113 2D ESSENTIALS ... an introduction to technical communication, annotation, geometric construction, model, orthographic and pictorial, section and auxiliary views and dimensioning.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
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: 10-468-105, Utility Generation Systems; Corequisites: 10-605-157, Power Electronics 1: Drives; 10-605-158, Power Electronics 2: Drives; 10-605-159, Power Electronics 3: Drives)
10-605-157 POWER ELECTRONICS 1: DRIVES ...This course provides the opportunity for the student to develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of the power and control circuitry of AC drives and application and troubleshooting of these industrial AC drives (VFD's) to AC induction motors. This course concentrates on the AB PowerFlex 525 Variable Speed Drive.
10-605-158 POWER ELECTRONICS 2: DRIVES ...This course provide the opportunity for the student to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of the power and control circuitry of AC drives and application and troubleshooting of these industrial AC drives (VFD's) to AC induction motors. This course concentrates on the ABB ACS355 Variable Speed Drive.
10-620-159 POWER ELECTRONICS 3: DRIVES ...This course provides the opportunity for the student to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of peer to peer AC drive (VFD) control and the integration of an AC drive into a PLC control system. This integration includes both hardwired remote PLC I/O control and direct Ethernet control. Integration concentrates on the AB PF525 VFD with an AB ControlLogix PLC and peer to peer control between the AB PF525 and the ABB ACS355 VFD's.
10-620-161 POWER ELECTRICITY 1: MOTORS ...This course provides the opportunity for the student to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of: Causes and results of magnetism and magnetic fields, laws of magnetic/electric interactions, DC Series, Permanent Magnet, Shunt, and Compound motor performance and operating characteristics.
10-620-162 POWER ELECTRICITY 2: MOTORS ...This course provides the opportunity for the student to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of Single and 3-Phase AC Induction motor performance and operating characteristics, and Three-phase Power Systems.
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: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
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. (Corequisite: 10-468-101, Utility Power Systems Coordination)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
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; 10-442-150, Machine Fab 1)
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)
10-801-197 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)
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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-468-160 ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL 1: AUTOMATION SYSTEMS...applications and utilization of digital input and output devices through connection to and programming of electric power distribution automation controllers. (Corequisite: 10-468-101, Utility Power Systems Coor)
10-468-161 ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL 2: COMMUNICATIONS ...introduction to components and operational functions of electric power communication systems. Configuration of electric power distribution communication networks. (Corequisite: 10-468-160, Electric Power Control 1: Automation Systems)
10-468-162 ELECTRIC POWER CONTROL 3: SCADA ...creation of electric power system HMI screens displaying system conditions utilizing SCADA software. (Corequisite: 10-468-161, Electric Power Control 2: Communications)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
TOTAL CREDITS
66
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, but must be passed with a "C" or better.
. Students completing General Studies courses at NWTC must earn a "C" or better in English Composition to enroll in Technical Reporting.
. Students completing College Technical Math 1A must earn a "C" or better to enroll in College Technical Math 1B.

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

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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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