Promising Programs in Post Secondary Education



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Promising Programs in Post Secondary Education

In 2010, CEWD held a series of regional meetings with member companies to review current post secondary education programs and to identify those that have the most potential for educating the energy workforce of the future. The programs all offer some type of post secondary credential from a certificate to an associate degree. From our work over the past few years, it appears the industry partnerships are the most critical factor in developing programs that match supply and demand, and produce students that are prepared for and are most likely to be successful in energy careers.
The criteria that were used to select the programs are:

  1. Program must be sponsored by an electric/gas utility

  2. Program focuses on one of the industry critical skilled utility technician job categories:

  • Lineworker

  • Plant / Field Operator

  • Generation or T & D Technician

  • Pipefitter / Pipelayer / Welder

  1. Utility sponsorship includes but is not limited to the following:

    1. Involvement in the development of curriculum

    2. Recruitment of students into the program

    3. Providing resources (adjunct instructors, materials, equipment)

    4. Offering internships and mentors

    5. Granting interviews to graduates

Additional information on these programs can be found in the member’s only section of the CEWD website in the training data base. If you have a program that you would like to include or for updates to this list, please contact Dana Berkheimer at dana@cewd.org.. The schools listed below were identified through the Promising Practices Survey.


We did not include the many excellent company and registered apprenticeship programs that train for these positions. We have not included any nuclear related programs as they are covered under the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Project.

Lineworker Programs


Region

Company

Post Secondary Institution

Program

Midwest

Ameren

Southwest Illinois College





Midwest

Black Hills Energy

Mitchell Technical Institute

www.mitchelltech.edu


9 month program in power line construction and maintenance

Midwest

Consumers Energy

Lansing Community College

www.lcc.edu/utility/lineworker/



Electrical Utility Worker/Line worker – The Lineworker Program involves a selective admissions process. You must submit an application to be accepted into the program. This initial application will be screened and scored based on a wide variety of items such as work experience, educational background, your physical ability, performance in an initial pole climb, driving records and criminal history. The program consist of 13 months of intensive coursework consisting of a four day Utility Lineworker orientation, three semesters of academic courses, and a 9-Week climbing school conducted at a utility training center. Students receive a certificate of achievement requiring 33 credits

Midwest

Consumers Energy

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

www.kvcc.edu



The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Utility Line Worker Academy is a 26 week program that provides training and certification to prepare students for high demand, high paying career opportunities as line workers. The Utility Line Worker Academy takes place at the Groves Campus of Kalamazoo Valley Community College and at the Consumer Energy Training Center in Marshall Michigan. The Academy includes classroom instruction, physical fitness programming, and hands-on work in the lab and on poles. Skills and abilities are measured through practical competency demonstrations and written knowledge assessments. Graduates earn a certificate of completion from Kalamazoo Valley Community College along with safety certification cards, a transcript describing specific competencies demonstrated and passport describing the full credential. Kalamazoo Valley and Consumers Energy collaborate in the delivery of the training. The program is divided into 2 segments. The first 16 weeks trainees meet at Kalamazoo Valley and master the foundational skills needed for this field of work and prepare physically for a career as a Utility Line Worker. Week 17 is an intense orientation program at the Consumer Energy Training Center in Marshall Michigan. Trainees will be required to exert extreme physical and mental strength in order to successfully complete the orientation. Trainees successful at the orientation will complete the final nine weeks of the training where knowledge and skills acquired are applied to work which is actually performed on the job.

Midwest

KCP&L

Metropolitan Community College

www.mcckc.edu



The Electric Utility Lineman program provides entry-level (1st-year) Line skills including climbing; Certificate – requiring 50-52 credits

AAS degree – requiring 62-67 credits



Midwest

NiSource

Ivy Tech

www.ivytech.edu



The Technical Certificate in Energy Technology (31 credit hours) can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

The 2 year AAS program(60 credit hours) content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce



Midwest

Wisconsin Public Service

Northern Michigan University

www.nmu.edu

Northwest Wisconsin Technical College

www.nwtc.edu



A 31-credit-hour, two-semester diploma program that prepares students to enter into a line worker apprenticeship. Classes included in the curriculum include: (first semester) EL 010 Line Electrician Field Practicum I; EL 011 Fundamentals of Electricity; EL 012 Introduction to Line Electrician Safety; EL 013 Electrical Formulas; EL 014 Computer Skills for Electrical Trades; (second semester) EL 020 Electrician Field Practicum II; EL 021 Applied Electricity for Linepersons; EL 022 Advanced Line Electrician Safety; EL 023 Line Electrician Career Seminar; EL 024 Construction Standards for Line Electricians. Class time is split equally between lecture and practical application in our outdoor pole yard.

Midwest

W.E. Energy, Alliant, Wisconsin Public Service

Moraine Park Technical

www.morainepark.edu



The Electrical Power Distribution program provides theoretical and hands-on training in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. Individuals must have: the ability to work in a diverse work environment, the ability to work at heights and in all weather conditions, good eyesight and hearing, and manual dexterity to be successful in a career as a line mechanic. A Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is included in the program.
This technical diploma program prepares students for entry-level employment as line technician trainees for electrical utilities, telephone companies and related businesses. Graduates of the program may enter their employer’s apprentice program.

Northwest

Avista

Spokane Community College

www.scc.spokane.edu



Participants learn the skills and knowledge required of a line crew helper. They learn to set and climb poles, install crossarms, hardware, line, and transformers. They learn how to use various tools and equipment of the trade through actual field experience. Overhead and underground construction practices are also taught along with associated subjects such as basic electricity, transformers, etc. Classroom training will cover safety, electrical theory, interviewing skills, and the importance of attitude and teamwork to succeeding in today's work environment.

Northwest

Portland General and Pacificorp

Clackamas Community College

www.clackamas.edu



"The Utility Trades Preparation: Lineworker certificate program prepares students to enter the outside line construction industry with the core required skills, knowledge and safety awareness for initial employment requirements. It is important to be physically fit, work well in a team environment, adhere to safety requirements and maintain ethical conduct in all work practices. Each term has a focus that prepares the student for the following term. First term: Introduction to the Utility Industry and Health/ Safety Awareness. Second term: Introduction to job site applications, competent use of heavy equipment, job search and interviewing skills. Third term: Fundamentals of daily ground worker responsibilities, initial pole climbing and basic electricity. Complete your National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) as a job-marketing tool to demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities in core areas that apply to energy and utility resource management. This course includes: computer literacy, math and logic. Explore various career options and pathways, and develop industry contacts. Practice interviewing skills and techniques.

Southeast

Duke Energy

Forsyth Technical College




Southeast

Georgia Power/GEICC


Georgia Piedmont Technical College

www.gptc.edu

Okefenokee Technical College

www.okefenokeetech.edu

South Georgia Technical College

www.southgatech.edu

North Georgia Technical College

www.northgatech.edu



8 week boot camp with certificate - Prepares students for entry level employment as an apprentice electrical lineworker. Provides study of physical, mechanical, safety and work ethic requirements. Familiarizes student with workplace skills, tools, equipment, fundamentals of electricity and electrical components as well as equipment operations and safety.

Southeast

Lakeland Electric

Tenoroc High School

Schools.polk-fl.net/tenoroc



The Lakeland Electric Power Academy is a four year program hosted at Tenoroc High School in Lakeland Florida. Students in the Academy are exposed to the electric utility industry structure, processes and terminology. In addition, they gain a solid understanding of industrial electricity. Students graduating from the academy will have key insights into the many entry-level positions throughout the utility. The program is designed to provide students with the academic tools and technical skills needed to be successful in a variety of careers in the electric utility industry. Students earn the following certifications: Energy Industry Fundamentals, NCCER Core, NCCER Electrical 1, and NCCER Electrical 2 are all a part of the curriculum. Students go to Lakeland Electric during the 2nd semester of their senior year to complete 90 hours of job shadowing (30 Hours in 3 different career areas).

Southeast

Owen Electric Co-operative

Gateway Community & Technical College

www.gateway.kctcs.edu



Energy Utility Technician program. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science in Energy Technologies degree and/or a certificate in one or more specialized, but related areas. The multiple options for certificates within the degree are associated with different energy careers, allowing students to match their strengths and interests with an appropriate plan of study. The degree, certificate options, and preparation for industry certifications give students a strong foundation to build a long-term future in the energy industry.

West

Salt River Project

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

www.cgc.maricopa.edu



Leading to a technical certificate or A.A.S. Degree, the Electric Utility Technology (EUT) Program provides students with basic preparation in overhead and underground construction and maintenance procedures. Focusing on a basic program of performance based objectives and field experiences, the program provides successful students with skills and knowledge needed in this rapidly growing field. Line Work I Overview of line work industry including its history, technological developments and current practices. Examines industry equipment and tools. Focuses on safety practices and procedures used in utility line work industry. Basic Electricity: AC and DC Reviews the basic principles of Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) electricity. Examines the structure and function of AC and DC circuits including series, parallel and series-parallel circuits. Includes an overview of electric systems and their applications in the utility industry. Field Training I Practice in the basics of climbing and working on utility poles. Focuses on apparatus and equipment, using ropes and rigging equipment, installations of single and double cross arms, pole framing and setting, use of hand line and building single-phase lines. Line Work II Overview of line work industry including its history, technological developments and current practices. Examines industry equipment and tools. Focuses on hot sticking, tag out and lock out procedures with emphasis on industry safety practices and procedures. Electrical Apparatus Overview of transformers and how they operate. Reviews single and three-phase theory. Focuses on construction and hook-up of single-phase, three- phase, open Y and Delta transformer connections. Presents an overview of surge arresters, including applications and installation. Field Training II Practice in the installation of electrical lines including transformers, reclosers, and service loops. Teaches rubber gloving, hot sticking techniques, and trenching of underground lines. Practice in the safe set-up and operation of equipment used in the line industry with a focus on the development of entry-level skills as drivers and operators. Includes procedures and practice in pole-top and bucket-truck rescues.


Electric T&D Technicians


Region

Company

Post Secondary Institution

Program

Midwest

Black Hills Energy

Mitchell Technical Institute

www.mitchelltech.edu



This program is designed to provide students with an extensive hands-on educational experience that integrates the knowledge, skills and competencies that the electrical power utility industry needs to insure customers have access to power. Students will learn to install, inspect, test, repair and maintain electrical equipment in substations and other ‘smart’ equipment on the power grid. The Electrical Utilities and Substation Technology associate degree combines academic coursework and technical training to strengthen the student’s ability to succeed in the utilities industry. The program will provide hands-on skills with an emphasis placed on safe work practices and procedures in the electrical environment. Applicants to the program must be a registered Journeyman or hold a power line degree or diploma from an accredited postsecondary institute. All Electrical Utilities and Substation Technology students will be required to complete the Associate Degree general education requirements. Graduates of this program will be able to: Perform substation inspections, maintain a substation inspection program and keeps accurate logs on all substations Consult manuals, schematics, wiring diagrams, and engineering personnel in order to troubleshoot and solve equipment problems and to determine optimum equipment functioning Notify facility personnel of equipment shutdowns Open and close switches to isolate defective relays; then perform adjustments or repairs Prepare and maintain records detailing tests, repairs, and maintenance Test insulators and bushings of equipment by inducing voltage across insulation, testing current and calculating insulation loss Install, test, and replace smart meters and other smart grid equipment

Midwest

KCP&L

Metropolitan Community College

www.mcckc.edu



Certificate and 2 year AAS programs: the Instrumentation and Process control follows the ISA guidelines for entry-level Techs.

Midwest

Nebraska Public Power District

Southeast Community College

www.southeast.edu



2 year Associate Degree Electrical & Electromechanical Technology: DC, AC, CAD, Estimating, Motor Controls, Residential and Commercial Wiring, Transformer Three-Phase, Predictive Maintenance, Industrial Wiring, PLC's, Industrial Communications and Alarm Systems, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Control Systems, Quality Management, Fluid Power, Welding, Industrial Machines and Mechanical Systems, Electrical Machine Controls, Manufacturing Processes Electronic Systems Technology: DC, AC, Digital, Analog, Drafting, Microprocessors, Power Supplies, Physics, Communications Systems, Wi-Fi & RF Transmission Systems, Systems Troubleshooting, PC Operating Systems, Hydraulics, PLC's, Robotics, Programming, Networking (CCNA1-4), Network Operating Systems

Midwest

Upper Peninsula Power Co

Northern Michigan University

www.nmu.edu



Associate Degree in Electrical Technology - Specialized courses for power technician include - Substation Equipment, Transformers, 3 Phase Power and Equipment and Protective Relay Systems. Courses focus on installation, test and maintenance functions commonly performed by substation technicians.

Midwest

W.E. Energy, Alliant, Wisconsin Public Service

Moraine Park Technical

www.morainepark.edu



Electrical Substation Certificate (fall of 2012); Electrical Substation- Offers the opportunity for students to enhance their skills that will enable them to inspect, build, and maintain electrical substations. Courses: Introduction to Electrical Substations, Substation Control and System Protection, Substation Testing and Diagnostics, Electrical Theory and Safety.

Northeast

PSEG

Thomas Edison State College

www.tesc.edu



BSAST - Energy Systems Technology BSAST - Energy Utility Technology BSAST - Electrical Technology BSAST - Technical Studies- The degree programs are 120 credits with ability for transferring. Transferable sources are up to 80 credits from regionally accredited community/technical colleges, military training credits, and industry training that has been academically reviewed.

Southeast

Georgia Power / GEICC

Lanier Technical College

www.laniertech.edu

Savannah Technical College

www.savannahtech.edu



2 year associate degree program; Program is primarily focused on developing electrical technicians for the utility industry to function as Junior Field Engineers, Apparatus Shop Technicians, Meter Shop Technicians or Metermen, Transmission or Distribution Control Operators and Power Plant Operators. AAS degree in EUT comprised of three parts: a) Five college level general education courses. b) Ten required technical courses covering: Three circuits addressing DC, AC and 3 phase Two computer courses including Network Communications Introduction to the industry Four indepth courses covering: Power Plants, Substations, Distribution and Revenue Metering c) Three to Five Technical Electives which could cover: SCADA, Motor Controls, Industrial Wiring, Industrial Mechanics, PLCs, Welding, and Machine Tools Also provide a Certificate available only to existing utility industry employees


Plant/Field Operator


Region

Company

Post Secondary Institution

Program

Midwest

Consumers Energy

Lake Michigan Community College

www.lakemichigancollege.edu



2 year AAS degree program

Midwest

KCP&L

Flint Hills Technical College

www.fhtc.edu



Flint Hills Technical College Power Plant Operator Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Studies - Only regional power plant operator training program advised and supported by WESTAR ENERGY, KCPL, SUNFLOWER ENERGY, KANSAS Municipal Utilities and Wolf Creek Nuclear Operations Center.

Midwest

Minnesota Power

Xcel Energy




St. Cloud Technical College

www.sctcc.edu



Program Description This degree program has been developed to train students in the field of energy technology. The Energy Technical Specialist Associate in Applied Science degree will convey the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in both the traditional and renewable energy fields. Students enrolled in the Energy Technical Specialist program will study a 35 credit core curriculum providing a strong base in electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. Students will select an area of specialization to complete their program of study from the following: Wind Energy, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Fossil Fuels, or Power Generation. Students will be preparing for employment in one or more of the growing energy industry sectors. The Energy Technical Specialist degree is offered through nine colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and is funded in part by a High Growth Job Training Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Through this partnership, students will have opportunities to take some courses in online and blended formats from partner institutions.

Midwest

Nebraska Public Power District

Southeast Community College

www.southeast.edu



2 year Associate Degree Energy Generation Operations: Operator Safety, Electrical Fundamentals, Technical Diagrams, Electric Power Theory, SCADA, Instrumentation & Control Systems, Refrigeration Theory I, Process Dynamics, Physics, Motor Controls & Switchgear, Backup Power Generation, Boiler Systems, Steam Turbines, Coal Plant Operations, Coal Plant Safety, Gas Turbine Systems, Combined Cycle Systems, Plant Operations and Troubleshooting Electrical & Electromechanical Technology: DC, AC,

Northeast

PSE&G

Thomas Edison State College

www.tesc.edu



BSAST - Energy Systems Technology BSAST - Energy Utility Technology BSAST - Electrical Technology BSAST - Technical Studies- The degree programs are 120 credits with ability for transferring. Transferable sources are up to 80 credits from regionally accredited community/technical colleges, military training credits, and industry training that has been academically reviewed.


Southeast

Lakeland Electric

Tenoroc High School


The Lakeland Electric Power Academy is a four year program hosted at Tenoroc High School in Lakeland Florida. Power Academy - Level 1 - Energy Industry Fundamentals/NCCER Core Curriculum/Lab Projects/Residental Wiring Level 2 - Power and Energy 1/NCCER Core Curriculum/NCCER Electrical 1/Lab Projects Level 3 - Power and Energy 2/NCCER Electrical 2/Team Project Level 4 - Power and Energy 3/Student Senior Project/Job Shadowing Experience


Southeast

Mississippi Power

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

www.mgccc.edu



Process Operations Technology - Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level positions at any processing facility. They will have acquired the basic technical skills in equipment and systems and have a broadened vocabulary to make the job-specific learning less difficult. Graduates will also have the team-building skills, safety awareness, environmental awareness, communication skills and computer skills vital to performing well in industry today. A working knowledge of state and federal regulations on safety and the environment is provided. Through an internship program, most students will have the opportunity to work in a position related to process technology where they will receive work-related application of their classroom training.
This program leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree


Generation Technicians


Region

Company

Post Secondary Institution

Program

Midwest

KCP&L

Metropolitan Community College

www.mcckc.edu



the Instrumentation and Process control follows the ISA guidelines for entry-level Techs

Midwest

KCP&L

Flint Hills Technical College

www.fhtc.edu



Flint Hills Technical College Power Plant Operator Technical Certificate and Associate of Applied Studies Degrees

Midwest

Minnesota Power

Xcel Energy




St. Cloud Technical College

www.sctcc.edu



This degree program has been developed to train students in the field of energy technology. The Energy Technical Specialist Associate in Applied Science degree will convey the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in both the traditional and renewable energy fields. Students enrolled in the Energy Technical Specialist program will study a 35 credit core curriculum providing a strong base in electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. Students will select an area of specialization to complete their program of study from the following: Wind Energy, Ethanol, Biodiesel, Fossil Fuels, or Power Generation. Students will be preparing for employment in one or more of the growing energy industry sectors. The Energy Technical Specialist degree is offered through nine colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and is funded in part by a High Growth Job Training Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Through this partnership, students will have opportunities to take some courses in online and blended formats from partner institutions.

Midwest

Nebraska Public Power District

Southeast Community College

www.southeast.edu



2 year Associate Degree Energy Generation Operations: Electrical Fundamentals, Technical Diagrams, Electric Power Theory, SCADA, Instrumentation & Control Systems, Refrigeration Theory I, Process Dynamics, Physics, Motor Controls & Switchgear, Backup Power Generation, Boiler Systems, Steam Turbines, Coal Plant Operations, Coal Plant Safety, Gas Turbine Systems, Combined Cycle Systems, Plant Operations and Troubleshooting Electrical & Electromechanical Technology: DC, AC, CAD, Estimating, Motor Controls, PLC's, Quality Management, Fluid Power, Welding, Industrial Machines and Mechanical Systems, Electrical Machine Controls, Manufacturing Processes Electronic Systems Technology: DC, AC, Digital, Analog, Drafting, Microprocessors, Power Supplies, Physics, Communications Systems, Wi-Fi & RF Transmission Systems, Systems Troubleshooting, PC Operating Systems, Hydraulics, PLC's, Robotics, Programming, Networking (CCNA1-4), Network Operating Systems

Northeast

PSE&G

Thomas Edison State College

www.tesc.edu


BSAST - Energy Systems Technology BSAST - Energy Utility Technology BSAST - Electrical Technology BSAST - Technical Studies- The degree programs are 120 credits with ability for transferring. Transferable sources are up to 80 credits from regionally accredited community/technical colleges, military training credits, and industry training that has been academically reviewed.



Southeast

Georgia Power

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

www.gntc.edu

Central Georgia Technical College

www.centralgatech.edu



The Industrial Systems Technology Degree program is designed for the student who wishes to prepare for a career as an Industrial Systems technician/electrician. The program provides learning opportunities that introduce, develop and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skill, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to retrain or upgrade present knowledge and skill. The Degree program teaches skills in Industrial Systems Technology providing background skills in several areas of industrial maintenance including electronics, industrial wiring, motors, controls, plc’s, instrumentation, fluidpower, mechanical, pumps and piping, and computers. Graduates of the program receive an Industrial Systems technology Degree that qualifies them for employment as industrial electricians or industrial systems technician

Southeast

Lakeland Electric

Tenoroc High School


The Lakeland Electric Power Academy is a four year program hosted at Tenoroc High School in Lakeland Florida. Level 1 - Energy Industry Fundamentals/NCCER Core Curriculum/Lab Projects/Residental Wiring Level 2 - Power and Energy 1/NCCER Core Curriculum/NCCER Electrical 1/Lab Projects Level 3 - Power and Energy 2/NCCER Electrical 2/Team Project Level 4 - Power and Energy 3/Student Senior Project/Job Shadowing Experience



Gas T&D Technicians


Region

Company

Post Secondary Institution

Program

MidAtlantic

UGI Utilities

Penn College of Technology

www.pct.edu




The Bachelor of Science degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology addresses industry need for trained technicians with basic business management and supervision skills. Students in this major receive training in installation and repair of residential and commercial heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems. In addition, students study methods of HVAC system design, advanced controls, energy management and project management. Students also learn skills vital to HVAC business operations in the areas of estimating, scheduling, material and equipment management, contractor/subcontractor relations, quality control, and supervision. Upon completion of this major, students should be equipped with the knowledge to design an array of HVAC mechanical and refrigeration systems, describe system functions, and communicate the operations and specifications of design systems.

Welding - This curriculum offers practical skills and theory in welding, quality assurance, welding design, robotic welding, CNC plasma cutting, and non-destructive testing, as well as the mathematics and language skills necessary to move into a technical or management career in the welding and fabrication



Midwest

Black Hills Energy

Mitchell Technical Institute

www.mitchelltech.edu



The Propane & Natural Gas Technologies program emphasizes skills needed to install, maintain, operate and repair gas distribution systems and equipment for residential, commercial and industrial customers. Students also learn to maintain and repair appliances used by residential and commercial customers. At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to: Apply basic principles and safe practices of LP and natural gas. Size vapor distribution systems. Install vapor distribution systems. Maintain vapor distribution systems. Operate excavation equipment. Apply customer service skills.

Northeast

PSE&G

Thomas Edison State College

www.tesc.edu



BSAST - Energy Utility Technology The degree programs are 120 credits with ability for transferring. Transferable sources are up to 80 credits from regionally accredited community/technical colleges, military training credits, and industry training that has been academically reviewed.








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