ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION TECHNOLOGY–CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION TECHNOLOGY–CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

 

As a society we take for granted that our electric power will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that we can have the food, clothing, homes, medical care, electronic devices and personal amenities we depend on.  That’s why medical facilities, financial institutions, power companies, grocery stores, and even residential homes are now using backup generators to maintain electric power in the event of a power outage.  Power generators are also used to deliver temporary electric power to oil fields, chemical plants, mining sites, construction sites, movie sets, and shipping yards.  As a result the demand for power generators has dramatically risen based on society’s significant dependence on electric power.

The Electric Power Generation Technology’s (EPG) curriculum provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills needed to install, maintain, diagnose and service on-site power generation units.  Electric power generators are used in a number of different scenarios including emergency standby power, prime power, co-generational power, or peak power.  The program provides instruction in basic electricity, prime movers, motors, switchgears and governors.  Students are exposed to the fundamentals of the electric grid and the impact of generators supporting the grid.  The EPG program also recognizes clean energy by teaching students on low emission requirements and renewable energy power.

The Electric Power Generation Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) in Generators, Compact Diesel Engines, and Four-Stroke Engines.  Students will have the opportunity to become certified in Generators and Compact Diesel Engines through the EETC.

Employment opportunities for EPG graduates include but are not limited to transportation and power generation technicians, technical sales consultant, industrial maintenance technician, field service technician, sales representative, or service manager.

Enrollment in the EPG program is limited and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis.  Contact the Office of Admissions for the specific application requirements and deadline.  Students may be sponsored by an EPG dealer or company or other companies participating in alternative energy.

EPG is a fast-paced accelerated program designed to produce highly skilled alternative energy technicians.  The EPG Associate of Applied Science degree is a highly specialized technical degree which requires entering students to hold an Associate of Applied Science degree or the equivalent in a mechanical, electrical or electronic field.  The EPG One Semester Certificate is designed for those who have gained fundamental mechanical, electrical, or electronic skills through other means such as industry experience or college studies and are interested in upgrading their skills or changing careers.

It is a graduation requirement that a grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all Electric Power Generation Technology (EPG) courses.

To view program outcome data, visit https://www.statetechmo.edu/programs/industrialtech/epg/epgfacts/.

Program Mission

The mission of the Electric Power Generation Technology program is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in today’s power generation and clean energy fields.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Mechanical and electrical knowledge and skills needed to install, maintain, and service electric power generators.
  • Mechanical and electrical knowledge and skills needed to install, maintain, and service clean energy devices.
  • Mechanical and electrical knowledge and skills needed to install, maintain, and service electric power transfer and control devices.
  • Mechanical and electrical knowledge and skills needed to install, maintain, and service multi-fueled and clean energy fueled generators.
  • Critical thinking skills used in problem solving.
  • Oral and written communication skills needed in the power generation and clean energy fields.

 

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
EPG 105 Basic Tooling and Safety 2
EPG 115 Basic Engine Fundamentals 3
EPG 125 Engine Systems Fundamentals 3
EPG 130 Generator, Alternator, and Motor Fundamentals 2
EPG 205 Generator Application and Installation 2
EPG 215 AC/DC Fundamentals and Motor Controls 3
EPG 235 Instruments, Controls, and Protection 2
EPG 245 Clean Energy Fundamentals 2
EPG 255 Troubleshooting and Diagnostics 2
    SUB-TOTAL 21
     
  GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
General Education Requirements 19
   
May Not Include:  
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
  SUB-TOTAL 19
       
    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS  
Electives   Approved electives in electric power generation related topics such as electrical, mechanical, and electronic technologies and skills.  Credits earned in prior degrees will be considered. 20
  SUB-TOTAL 20
       

 

 

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
    SUB-TOTAL 1
       
    It is a graduation requirement of the Electric Power Generation Technology (EPG) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Electric Power Generation Technology (EPG)” courses.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 61
       

Electric Power Generation Technology

Classification of Instructional Programs – 47.0101

One Semester Certificate

    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
EPG 105 Basic Tooling and Safety 2
EPG 115 Basic Engine Fundamentals 3
EPG 125 Engine Systems Fundamentals 3
EPG 130 Generator, Alternator, and Motor Fundamentals 2
EPG 205 Generator Application and Installation 2
EPG 215 AC/DC Fundamentals and Motor Controls 3
EPG 235 Instruments, Controls, and Protection 2
EPG 245 Clean Energy Fundamentals 2
EPG 255 Troubleshooting and Diagnostics 2
    SUB-TOTAL 21
       
    GRADUATION REQUIREMENT  
    It is a graduation requirement of the Electric Power Generation Technology (EPG) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Electric Power Generation Technology (EPG)” courses.  
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 21

 

EPG  105  Basic Tooling and Safety.  This course teaches the basic tooling that will be used in the generator service field. The course will also cover hazards associated with electric power generation, safety rules, safe work practices, OSHA rules, regulations associated with this industry, and the reporting procedures and penalties that pertain to these regulations.  2 credit hours.

EPG  115  Basic Engine Fundamentals.  This course teaches the basic core components of an engine.  Also covered will be the theory, construction, and operation of the internal combustion engine.  Emphasis is put on proper diagnosis, failure analysis, and service procedures according to manufacturers’ specifications.  3 credit hours.

EPG  125  Engine Systems Fundamentals.  This course teaches the engine systems that comprise the complete unit.  The following systems will be covered:  ignition, starting, charging, fuel, exhaust, coolant, and governor.  Also covered will be the steps in troubleshooting and diagnosing prime movers and their related components.  3 credit hours.

EPG  130  Generator, Alternator, and Motor Fundamentals.  This course teaches the construction and operation of single and 3-phase generators, alternators, and motors.  Also covered in this course are various load types, special applications, temperature, related components, and environmental concerns.  2 credit hours.

EPG  205  Generator Application and Installation.  This course teaches the different systems that are important when installing a generator.  Systems covered include: air, cooling, exhaust, fuel, starting, mounting, ventilation, load, and noise.  Room design and sizing are considered.  2 credit hours.

EPG  215  AC/DC Fundamentals and Motor Controls.  This course teaches the fundamentals of AC/DC and electro-magnetic theory.  Coils, relays, solenoids, contactors, and motor starters are also covered. Schematics are used to understand the functions of a switchgear control and transfer switch and how they are controlled.  3 credit hours.

EPG  235  Instruments, Controls, and Protection.  This course teaches instruments, controls, and protection of the prime mover and the generator.  The operation and troubleshooting of gauges, breakers, relays, controllers, sensors, and switches are also covered.  2 credit hours.

EPG  245  Clean Energy Fundamentals.  This course teaches the fundamentals of clean and alternative energy solutions in the electric power generation industry.  2 credit hours.

EPG  255  Troubleshooting and Diagnostics.  This course teaches the theory and skills of troubleshooting and diagnosis.  These skills will be used to effectively locate and repair failures of the prime mover, generator, and control systems.  2 credit hours.

EPG  299  Special Topics in Electric Power Generation Technology.  Special Topics in Electric Power Generation Technology (EPG) may include instruction on topics not covered in other EPG courses.  Topics covered in other EPG courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.