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Professional Certificate in Electrical Fundamentals

The Professional Certificate in Electrical Fundamentals is designed for students desiring a career in the electric power industry. The program integrates a distinctive and challenging curriculum that emphasizes multidisciplinary knowledge of power system basics starting with basic electricity, power system generation, operations, electrical substation components and overall system protection.
This program ensures graduates are proficient in analytical, technical and critical thinking skills necessary to achieve success in the theoretical and practical aspects of power systems basics of operation, maintenance and system protection. Additionally, graduates will have the basic understanding necessary to seek employment in various related power fields such as generation, solar, wind or microgrids.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program you will be able to:
  • Understand the basic electrical properties of voltage, current, power and energy
  • Describe the principles of generation, transmission and distribution of power
  • Describe how the integration of electrical substation components are used to deliver power
  • Explain how interconnected power systems are used to deliver power to the consumer
  • List and explain how regulating bodies ensure power system reliability in the U.S.

  • Requirements
    The Professional Certificate in Electrical Fundamentals requires students to complete the 3 courses listed in the Table below.
    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.

    Courses

    This course provides students with a working knowledge of electric power systems operations. The course covers generation, transmission and distribution including household wiring. Basic electrical terminology and concepts are covered with regard to design, construction, operations, maintenance of power plants substations, transmission, and distribution lines. The student learns the basics of substation equipment, system protective relaying, and system planning functions. The course includes discussions of normal and emergency system operations to give a true perspective of real time operations. Topics such as reactive supply, voltage control, stability, reliability, and other system parameters are discussed. The course usually includes a visit to a local substation or power plant. Additional topics of the evolution and regulating bodies of the U.S. power systems are also covered.

    Credits: 4.00

    Industry Certifications: N/A

    Modality: PWR100 is available in the blended (synchronous webcast) modality 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 the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form
    This course provides a comprehensive understanding of small size solar photovoltaic systems, referred to as residential systems. The basic electrical principles as they apply to photovoltaic systems are reviewed, and the fundamental solar energy concepts explored. The course explains basic installation methods for both grid-tied and stand-alone photovoltaic systems, and thoroughly describes the single parts used for their construction. Students will learn how to correctly design and size a PV system taking into account load requirements, budget, system geographical location, and National Electric Code regulation. Troubleshooting practices as well as safety rules while working around a residential photovoltaic system are also introduced.

    Credits: 4.00

    Industry Certifications: N/A

    Modality: PWR270 is available in the blended (in-class) modality format 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 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: 4.00

    Industry Certifications: 

    Modality: PWR275 is available in the blended (in-class and webcast) modality format 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 the form, and submit. An APT representative will contact you to follow up. interest form

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