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Associate of Applied Science in Electric Power Systems

The Associate of Applied Science in Electric Power Systems degree program provides students with the technical and knowledge-based skills necessary to obtain career advancement and/or entry-level positions in the electric power industry, in particular the fields of facilities and equipment, power generation, grid operations, design, and management. This degree program incorporates strategically designed curriculum based on objectives that are current in the industry.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program you will be able to:
  • List and describe the regulatory agencies, their functions and operational methods of controlling the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power in the U.S.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately identify, describe, use, analyze and troubleshoot electrical and electronic circuits used in power systems, including circuits used in analog and digital communications transport systems
  • Identify, describe and discuss applications of the theory and various operational methods and equipment’s for the switching, protection, monitoring, repair, and control of generation, transmission, and distribution assets used in the production of electrical power
  • Describe the functions of the Energy Management System (EMS) and its architectural inputs from the Outage Management System (OMS), Distribution Management System (DMS), Automatic Generation Control System (AGC) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) as they relate to the U.S. power system
  • Identify and describe the necessary steps to siting, designing, installing, configuring, testing and activating new power systems equipment, including the interconnection variables of renewable sources
  • Using standard industry safety agency references (NEC, NESC, and OSHA), list and explain the priorities of Safety of Personnel, Property Damage, Equipment Damage and commonly used methods in complying with each category

  • Requirements
    The A.A.S. degree in Electric Power Systems requires students to complete a total of 60 credits (semester system) distributed as follows:
  • Six (6) General Education courses at minimum, one for each of the required subject areas, for a minimum of 18 credits. The General Education courses offered by APT College satisfy the minimum requirements. APT College also accepts General Education credits from any accredited institution
  • Five (5) core courses for a total of 15 credits
  • A number of elective courses to fulfill the total requirement of 60 credits

  • Please refer to the College Catalog for more detailed information.
    APT College Credit Evaluation Committee will evaluate all applicable transfer credit and work experience toward the degree program.

    Core Courses

    Elective Courses

    This course provides students with an understanding of high voltage protection equipment used in power substations to maintain in operation critical telecommunications systems also during a fault (power surge, lightning, etc.). It also explains how telecommunications systems are integrated into the power transmission systems and are used to isolate the faulted zones during an outage. Methods to calculate the Ground Potential Rise (GPR) and the Zone of Interest (ZOI) during a fault are thoroughly explained. Finally, the course introduces the safety gear and discusses the rules to be observed in high voltage environment during installation and maintenance.

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: None

    Modality: PWR250 is available in the webcast and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill out the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course teaches the fundamentals of how wind turbines work, and how systems are designed and installed. The course discusses micro turbines (under 1kW), small turbines (under 100kw), and large turbines (2.5MW range). Residential, community and wind farm scenarios are discussed to the level of working knowledge. The student learns about wind characteristics for system sizing, necessary components to optimize design, and safe construction practices. The course covers the North American Power Grids for grid-tie connections and off-grid battery backup system connections. The National Electric Code (NEC) and safety practices are discussed in this course. Practical applications, operations, and safety aspects are also covered in this course. In this course students will learn how our future energy demands can be enhanced with wind energy applications. During the course every component of a wind power system will be introduced and explained: tower, blades, nacelle, synchronous and asynchr

    CREDITS: 3.00

    Prerequisite: None

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: PWR275 is available in the webcast and blended modality formats with extensive content and activity interaction online in the eLearning Portal (www.aptconline.com)

    If you are interested in this course, please click the interest form button, fill out the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form

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