Power Generation Technology Program


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  Power Generation Program

"In an industry with aging mid-50’s age employees, this program will not just assure students in finding jobs, it will benefit the industry and our communities." ~ Robin Styers, Roseburg Forest Products Steam Plant Operations and Maintenance Leadman, Program Coordinator

The Power Generation Technology program provides students with the skills and education necessary to gain employment in either the steam or electrical generation industry. Industry members benefit from the success of the program by the increase in qualified individuals who apply for vacancies at our facilities.

Jobs and Careers

Is Power generation for me?

"The opportunities to advance in this industry have not diminished. The power industry is very much involved in the development of this new program and expects to hire its capable graduates."

Mechanically inclined? Are you computer savy? Would you like to work in the Steam and Electrical Power Generation Industry?

Do you:
Need a simple, approachable career
Need lots of opportunities – even worldwide
Need stability – long term employment which power jobs provide
Need to know what kinds of jobs are available
Know that there is a good beginner operator position that leads to other opportunities such as; instrument technician, auxiliary operators, controller room operator, shift supervisor, and careers in dispatch
Know that computer literacy skills directly relate to and can be used in this industry
Like problem solving

Job Skills

  1. Control, monitor and maintain boilers, turbines and generators at entry level in power-generating plants.
  2. Monitor instruments to regulate electricity flows.
  3. Demonstrate safe operations and support functions.
  4. Gain understanding of new bio-fuel sources.

Take a Power Quiz!

  1. What is the voltage for a home outlet? (110 V)
  2. Name 4 items that can be burned for fuels to generate electricity? (Coal, natural gas, oil, biomass, Agricultural waste)
  3. What % of electricity is mandated to be from renewable sources by 2020? (33%)

Trained employees are needed for the growing number of jobs at biomass cogeneration facilities in northern California, Oregon, and even Washington. There is a tremendous potential for cogeneration facilities because of the combination of electric renewable portfolio standards, the available government incentives, along with reliable and available sustainable fuels. The College of the Siskiyous Environmental Resources Program is off to a good start with classes filling, and experienced instruction. ~ Bill Carlson Principal, Carlson Small Power Consultants and COS Program Advisor

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Power Generation Brochure

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program requirements

Program Description
This program will prepare students for entry level positions in the steam and electrical power generation and distribution industry.  Students will be trained to control, monitor and maintain boilers, turbines, generators, and auxiliary equipment in power-generating plants.  Courses will include an introduction to how operators manage and distribute power demands among generators and other steam hosts as well as monitor instruments to maintain voltage and regulate electricity flows from the plant.  The theory and operation of all plant support and ancillary equipment will be included.  Computers will be used to keep records and prepare reports of plant operations, functions, and maintenance.  A connection to bio-fuel sources and related issues will be emphasized.

Associate of Science Degree Power Generation Technology 46 units plus 15-20 General Education units

Semester One  
CSCI 1001 - Intro to Computer Science
3
ERPG 0950 - Power Plant Fundamentals
3
ERPG 0951 - Mechanical Fundamentals
3
ERPG 0952 - Environmental Health and Safety
2
ERPG 0953 - Technical Document Reading
2
Semester Two
ERPG 0961 - Steam Generation and Boilers
3
ERPG 0962 - Steam Turbine and Sup. Systems
2
ERPG 0963 - Power Plant Support Systems
3
ERPG 0964 - Chemistry for Power Generation
3
ERPG 1049 - Work Experience
1
Complete one of the following:  
BA 1059 - Business and Practical Math
3
MATH 0980 - Intermediate Algebra
3
Semester Three
ERPG 0972 - Instrumentation and Process Control
3
ERPG 0973 - Electrical Fundamentals
3
ERPG 2049 - Work Experience
3
Semester Four
ERPG 0970 - Combustion turbines and Support System
3
ERPG 0971 - Electrical Generators
2
ERPG 2549 - Work Experience
4
Total Major Units
46
Plus 15-20 General Education Units  

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program students will:

  1. Control, monitor and maintain boilers, turbines, generators, and auxillary equipment at entry level in power-generating plants.
  2. Monitor instruments to regulate electricity flows from a power-generating plant.
  3. Demonstrate proper operation of plant support functions.

Certificate of Achievement

Semester one
CSCI 1001 - Intro to Computer Science
3
ERPG 0950 - Power Plant Fundamentals
3
ERPG 0951 - Mechanical Fundamentals
3
ERPG 0952 - Environmental Health and safety
2
ERPG 0953 - Technical Document Reading
2
Semester 2
ERPG 0961 - Steam generation and Boilers
3
ERPG 0962 - Steam Turbine and Sup. Systems
2
ERPG 0963 - Power Plant Support Systems
3
ERPG 0964 - Chemistry for Power Generation
3
ERPG 1049 - Work Experience
1
Total Units
25

Contact

Program Contact
Administrative Manager
(530) 938-5512
CTEinfo@siskiyous.edu

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