Power Plant Technology Plan of Study

Associate in Applied Science (89 credit hours)

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Semester 1

Core Courses
SEPP 1103 Fundamentals of Energy Industry
Students gain a basic understanding of the Energy Industry. Focus is placed on basic equipment identification and function. Safety, OSHA, EPA, hazardous materials, and waste regulations are included. Tools, fasteners, pipe, pipe fittings, valves, tubing, tubing fittings and precision measurements are studied. Theory/Lab
SEPP 1113 Introduction to Electrical Electronics
A general survey of basic electrical technology. Terminology, tools and equipment, safety procedures, and fundamental electrical concepts are covered. Through hands on projects students see fundamental concepts demonstrated. The class develops practical skills in selecting circuit components, circuit construction, and measuring instruments. A basic understanding of series and parallel circuits, electromagnetic induction and application, and the configuration of the power grid is achieved. Theory/Lab Co-requisite: MATH 1513
SEPP 1123 Introduction to Power Plants
A survey of electric power generation and power plant systems and processes. Emphasis is placed on generating station facilities, power utility philosophy, organizational structure, communication, health and safety, and career paths. Students must have taken or be enrolled in Intermediate Algebra. Theory. Co-requisite: MATH 1513.
SEPP 1133 Piping and Instrument Diagrams
Students develop proficiency in the reading, understanding, and application of system Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams. Students gain proficiencies in reading P&ID’s, tracing systems, use of P&ID’s for troubleshooting systems, and Lock-out/Tag-out. Also covered is safety programs and a basic understanding of OSHA regulations. Theory/Lab.
General Education
MATH 1513 College Algebra
ORIE 1011 College Strategies

Semester 2

Core Courses
SEPP 2423 Mechanical Systems
Students gain competency in the practical use, operation, and maintenance of mechanical equipment related to power generation facilities. Topics include basic mechanics, fans, blowers, pumps valves heat exchangers, conveying equipment, bearings, and lubricants. Theory/Lab Prerequisite: SEPP 1133
SEPP 1233 Power Plant Computer Applications
This course is an applied exploration of software and computer skills used in the Energy Industry. Students are taught the use and application of the operating system and programs for writing, communications, and data collection, organization and analysis. Topics include Spreadsheet development and PowerPoint presentation, as well as common work order management, Work Permit, Hot Work, Confined Space, LOTO, and Job Hazard Analysis form development, storage, and retrieval. Students will be introduced to communication, scheduling, and organizational skills through the use of email planning and scheduling programs. Theory/Lab
SEPP 2523 Water Systems and Processes
Students gain competency in practical use, operation, and maintenance of various water systems typically found in power plant facilities. Topics include steam/water cycle, condenser and circulating water, cooling towers, feed water components and cycle operation, water treatment, and demineralization. Theory/Lab Prerequisite: SEPP 1133
SEPP 1243 Capstone 1
The culmination of the Systems, Equipment, and Process portion of the program and preparation for the first full summer semester internship. Students research employability skills and prepare and critique job applications, resumes, interview skills and portfolios. During preparation of resumes and portfolios students discuss how to best present the skills acquired in the previous classes, as well as how to describe the safety training received in preparation for the summer internship at Power Plant facilities. Theory/Lab
General Education
ENGL 1033 Technical Writing I or
ENGL 1113 Freshman Comp I

Semester 3

SEPP 1312 Internship
A cooperative agreement between industry and education allows students to utilize and refine skills previously learned in their educational process. All work is performed in accordance with industry standards and guidelines, and supervised by industry and school representatives. Lab. Prerequisites: faculty approval and a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Semester 4

Core Courses
SEPP 2413 Compliance Regulations
Students gain competencies in the understanding and application of compliance regulations associated with the Power Generation Industry. Major focus is on NERC and Environmental compliance regulations. Theory. Prerequisite: SEPP 1133, SEPP 2423
SEPP 1223 Electrical Motors and Controls
Introduces the fundamental concepts of electrical motors and associated electrical controls. Topics include ladder diagrams, schematic diagrams, contactors, motor starters, control relays, timing relays, pilot control devices, AC/DC motors and related control devices. Upon completion, students should be able to properly select, install and troubleshoot motors and associated control systems. Theory/Lab. SEPP 1113
SEPP 2403 Plant Operations
This class is designed as transition from a descriptive to an operational characteristic of a Power Plant. The focus is the operations of the Combustion Turbine, Steam Turbine and Generator. This includes the operation of auxiliary equipment associated with that large equipment. Theory/Lab
SEPP 2443 Boilers and Prime Movers
Students expand their knowledge of how plant systems and equipment interact and gain competency in the theory of boilers used in the generation of electricity. Topics include the classification, design, and construction of Boilers, Combustion Turbines, and Steam Turbines. Theory/Lab
General Education
CHEM 1314 General Chemistry I

Semester 5

Core Courses
SEPP 2503 Balance of Plant
This course teaches students to prepare the plant to synchronize to the power grid. Students learn the concepts of Steam Generation (boiler, condenser), Cooling (cooling tower, circulating water, and cooling water), Electrical Production (synchronization, transmission), and Environmental operations. Theory/Lab
SEPP 2543 Plant Chemicals & Water Quality
This course covers the proper handling, storage, dosage, and analyzing of chemicals common to the Power Industry. Topics covered include plant permitting, and water chemistry related to, corrosion, corrosion control, boiler water, circulating water, makeup water, and wastewater. Students are taught in a lab setting to calibrate, operate, and maintain lab equipment. Emphasis is placed on following policies, procedures, and documentation. Theory/Lab Prerequisite: CHEM 1314
SEPP 2553 Safety Competency & Qualification
This course is designed to provide students training that leads to qualifications and certifications for OSHA 10 or 30 (Industrial), First Aid and Safety, CPR, HAZWOPER, and Forklift & Man lift Operation. Theory/Lab
SEPP 2563 Plant Controls & Permissives
A focused study on the instruments and systems used to operate Power Plant equipment and systems. Technology for pressure, temperature, flow, and level sensing and control is studied along with calibration and troubleshooting. Control loop integration with systems and related interpretation of documentation and human-machine interfaces is also explored. Theory/Lab
General Education
POLS 1113 U.S. Government

Semester 6

Core Courses
SEPP 2623 Advanced Plant Operations
Students gain the knowledge necessary to comprehend overall plant operations and respond to situations that call for corrective action as well as opportunities to enhance plant production. Students will learn skills and techniques for continuous improvement while learning and critiquing responses to operating scenarios out of the norm. Students will use existing knowledge of equipment, systems and instrumentation to understand the operation of an entire unit in a facility. Students study concepts related to commissioning, normal startup, normal operations, normal shutdown, turnarounds, and abnormal situations, as well as the process technician’s individual and team role in performing tasks associated with these concepts within an operating unit. Theory/Lab
SEPP 2633 Capstone 2
The culmination of the Power Plant Program and preparation for full time employment. Students complete understanding and achievement of program objectives, research employment opportunities, and prepare for job placement. During preparation of personal resumes and portfolios, students discuss how to best present the skills acquired in the previous classes, as well as how to describe the knowledge and experience received, in preparation for starting their career at a Power Plant facility. Theory/Lab
General Education
ENGL 2033 Technical Writing II or
ENGL 1213 Freshman Comp II
HIST 1493 U.S. History Since 1865
SPCH 1113 Introduction to Speech

For general education and interdepartmental course descriptions, see the General Education courses.