Electric Utilities Technology

An "Information Session" will be held on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at 6:00pm in McKay Auditorium in the Beeghly School of Education building located on campus at the corner of Rayen Ave./Fifth Ave.

Representatives from area power stations and Program Instructors will give presentations, followed by a question-and-answer period. Recent graduates from the Program as well as current students will also be on hand.

Prospective students, parents, guidance counselers and other persons interested in investigating carreer possibilities in the power industry should plan to attend.


The Electric Utility Technology/Power Plant Technology Program is a two-year Associates Degree program that prepares graduates for employment in operations at power generation stations (power plants) and many other industries where process control is the primary function of technicians.

Examples include:

- natural gas processing plants

- chemical plants

- oil refineries

- air separation plants

- breweries

- food processing plants

- pulp and paper plants

- wastewater plants

- district energy plants that provide steam, chilled water and electricity to downtown districts, college campuses and Hospitals.

In all of the above industries, technicians trained in “process control” are needed to operate equipment such as boilers, turbines, pumps, fans and compressors for the production and control of steam, hot water, chilled water, compressed air and electricity.

The Program includes both classroom and laboratory experiences. Area power producers First Energy and NRG Energy partner with the program by conducting weekly labs at their power stations to provide a “plant floor” experience to enhance the learning process. The partners also offer summer internships and summer jobs (not guaranteed) to students during the summer between the first and second years of the program. Plant supervisors act as instructors and mentors at the plants.

Both partners have also hired scores of Program graduates to fill their manpower needs in power stations in the region.

The Program focuses on the processes and equipment involved in the generation of electricity. However, the knowledge and skills required for power generation are transferrable to the other industries listed above. Graduates of the Program are working as “Control Room Operators” in all of these industries.

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