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


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


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018
Green Bay

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Utilities Engineering Technician associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
Machine Fabrication 1
10-442-150 MACHINE FABRICATION 1 ...a study of joining processes including welding, brazing, soldering, mechanical fasteners and adhesives. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Utility Safety
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
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.
Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Digital 1: Logic
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.
Digital 2: Sequential
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
DC 1: Introduction
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
DC 2: Circuits
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
DC 3: Circuit Theorems
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Automation 1: Control Logic
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Automation 2: Motor Control
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Interm Algebra w Apps
10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA W APPS...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 Elementary Algebra=61 or ACT-Math =21 or 10-834-110, Elementary Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
College 101
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Utility Generation Systems
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
AC 1: Properties
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
AC 2: Reactance
10-660-108 AC 2: REACTANCE 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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
AC 3: RLC Circuits
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Electronics 1: Diodes-Basic
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Automation 3: PLC
10-664-102 AUTOMATION 3: PLC ...basic programmable logic controller programming and troubleshooting. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Automation 4: PLC
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Automation 5: 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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Trigonometry w Apps
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 College Level Math=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 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
College Physics 1
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 Elem Algebra=61 or ACT-Math score=21 or 10-834-110, Elementary Algebra w/Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=80 or ACT-Reading=17 or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Utility Power Systems Coor
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: Devices; 10-605-158, Power Electronics 2: Drives; 10-605-159, Power Electronics 3: Drives) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Elec Power Control 1: Auto Sys
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Elec Power Control 2: Comm
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)
Elec Power Control 3: SCADA
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
Power Electronics 1: Devices
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Power Electronics 2: Drives
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Power Electronics 3: Drives
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Power Electricity 1: Motors
10-620-161 POWER ELECTRICITY 1: MOTORS ...DC motors and generator configuration, shunt, compound, and permanent magnet DC motor performance and characteristics. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Power Electricity 2: Motors
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
English Composition 1
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 =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Intro to Psychology
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
Utility Project Execution
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Utility Systems Maintenance
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
Utility Systems-Natural Gas
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-606-113 CAD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING) 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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
Technical Reporting
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
Intro to Diversity Studies
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
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.

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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