Power systems engineering is the study in engineering that deals with the generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electric power and the electrical equipment connected to such systems including generators, motors and transformers. Traditionally, power engineers are responsible for maintaining a network of components which convert different forms of energy into electricity and for managing any of the three main subsystems of power engineering: generation, transmission and distribution. Power engineers’ duties also include assuring all components are functioning properly and that they meet safety regulations in addition to communication and data gathering functions.

In recent times, the use of renewable sources of energy has provided new impetus to the field with the design and development of renewable, energy efficient power grids and utility systems. Engineers must research and implement ways to integrate renewable power technology and are often involved in public works projects, and employed on federal projects that involve the integration of large power grids.

This certificate will teach the building blocks of the power system, its control and management. Designed for those with minimal experience with electric power, participants will be able to speak the language and perform substantial tasks within the electric grid and power system network. A minimum of a BS in Electiral Engineering (preferred) or other BS engineering discipline is required for acceptance into this program. Other relevant coursework will be evaluated separately at the application point.

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