This program is designed to meet the needs of local and regional power producers, natural gas mid-stream and downstream operations, chemical operators, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers. The program covers a broad spectrum of technology including electrical circuits and machinery, mechanical fundamentals, hydraulics, pneumatics, process systems and components fundamentals, plant operations and instrumentation and controls. Students progress through a set of core general education and technical courses and may select one of three career paths that cover skills unique to each path. These include:
- Energy Systems Operations
- Instrumentation and Controls
- Advanced Manufacturing (Mechatronics)
Students may elect to complete multiple career paths within the 2 year time frame or in one additional semester. The program offers paid internships on a competitive basis.
- Use written and spoken English effectively and professionally.
- Use a computer to perform work-specific duties.
- Apply mathematics and physics as a means of solving problems in the work environment.
- Apply appropriate safety precautions when working with various tools, machinery, or processes.
- Interpret schematic drawings, use appropriate measuring devices, and demonstrate the ability to perform basic troubleshooting of fluid and electrical systems.
- Perform mid-level and routine duties as a plant operator, instrument and controls technician or a manufacturing technician, depending on the career path chosen.
- Operate hand and power tools to repair electrical and mechanical systems.
- Demonstrate behaviors that reflect and support diversity in the workplace and skills that enable lifelong learning.
- Demonstrate basic workplace skills and responsibilities, including punctuality, etiquette and courtesy, and teamwork.
Written exams, homework assignments, written reports and oral presentations will be used to assess course and program cognitive outcomes. Lab exercises and evaluations, simulator evaluations, and troubleshooting exercises will be used to evaluate performance objectives.