OSUIT Workforce & Economic Development offers energy technologies training designed
as non-credit, certificate, or short-term intensive courses of study. These areas
of training include Power Plant Technology, Pipeline Technology, and Natural Gas Compression.
Power Plant Technology Training
Learners 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.
A general survey of basic electrical technology. Terminology, tools and equipment,
safety procedures, and fundamental electrical concepts are covered. A basic understanding
of series and parallel circuits, electromagnetic induction and application, and the
configuration of the power grid is achieved.
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, and health and safety.
Learners develop proficiency in the reading, understanding, and application of system
Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams. Learners gain proficiencies in reading P&ID’s,
tracing systems, use of P&ID’s for troubleshooting systems, and Lock-out/Tag-out.
Learners are taught the use and application of the operating system and programs for
writing, communications, 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. Learners will be introduced to communication,
scheduling, and organizational skills through the use of email planning and scheduling
This course 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.
Learners gain competencies in the understanding and application of compliance regulations
associated with the Power Generation Industry. Major focus is on NERC and Environmental
Learners 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.
Learners 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.
This course teaches learners to prepare the plant to synchronize to the power grid.
This course also teaches the concepts of Steam Generation (boiler, condenser), Cooling
(cooling tower, circulating water, and cooling water), Electrical Production (synchronization,
transmission), and Environmental operations.
Learners 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.
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. Learners are taught in a lab setting to calibrate, operate,
and maintain lab equipment.
This course is designed to provide learners training that leads to qualifications
and certifications for OSHA 10 or 30 (Industrial), First Aid and Safety, CPR, HAZWOPER,
and Forklift & Man lift Operation.
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
Learners 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. Learners will use existing knowledge of equipment, systems and instrumentation
to understand the operation of an entire unit in a facility. Learners 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
Pipeline Integrity Technology Training
A study of the physical basics of a pipeline. Materials, processes used to manufacture
pipe, and basic maintenance will be discussed in detail.
Learners explore pipeline equipment maintenance schedules, operations and maintenance activities,
failure investigation and a variety of maintenance and repair topics.
An introduction to various types of corrosion found in the pipeline industry. Learners study different types of corrosion, the basics of cathodic protection, in-line inspections,
coatings, and a variety of pipeline inspection techniques. Learners also examine both the application and management of pipeline corrosion, as well as
learn appropriate assessment and repair methods for pipeline corrosion.
This course teaches and applies knowledge of economic principles in making decisions
and choosing among alternatives. Project schedules are developed using both the bar
method and the critical path method. This includes study of basis of equivalent worth,
rate of return, payback analysis and estimating a project through completion.
Learners examine the federal regulations that govern the operation of liquid and gas pipelines.
Also included are industry specifications and guidelines applicable. Learners create assessment reports, inline inspection programs, document predictive vs. actual
anomalies, identify preventative/mitigative measures and explore requirements necessary
to prevent pipeline incidents.
This course teaches pipeline construction site safety procedures, work practices and
controls, including work site preparation, safety data sheets (SDS) review, hazard
recognition, front end operational hazards, rigging and hoisting, on ground and in
trench pipe hazards, pipe assembly and coating hazards.
Learners examine general pipeline repair activities, mitigation/remediation of exposed pipeline,
coatings and the creation of assessment reports.
A course to demonstrate the correct use of quality check equipment for non-destructive
testing. Participants will learn to use each quality check instrument including coordinate
measuring machine, optical comparator, Rockwell and Brinell hardness testers, electronic
height gage, surface plates, micrometers, calipers, rules, and depth gauges.
Natural Gas Compression Training
Participants will gain a basic understanding of industrial maintenance. Equipment
identification and function, safety, OSHA, EPA, hazardous materials, and waste regulations
are included. Tools fasteners, pipe, pipe fittings, valves, tubing, tubing fittings,
imperial and metric precision measurement and fork lift operation are studied.
This course is a study of operation and application of two and four stroke cycle engines
to include engine cooling and lubrication systems, lube oil analysis, startup procedures,
tune-up procedures, preventive and predictive maintenance. Proper alignment and installation
or large stationary engines will be included.
This course introduces overhaul procedures for reciprocating natural gas engines.
This includes disassembly, inspection, measurements, failure analysis, and reassembly.
The use of hand tools, special tools, precision measurement tools, shop safety, and
usage of manuals is stressed throughout the course.
Students will study the intake, exhaust, fuel and starting systems plus mechanical
and hydraulic governors used on natural gas engines including an introduction to air/fuel
ratio control systems. Theory of operation and development of skills in the repair,
adjustment and testing of the component parts of these systems is also included. The
effects of fuel properties, air/fuel ratio, and emissions on both rich burn and lean
burn natural gas engines will be studied.
This course introduces the theory, application, maintenance, and repair of the reciprocating,
rotary, and centrifugal natural gas compressor including operating principles, identification
of the component parts and their functions, design characteristics, methods of balancing,
and lubrication systems. Calculations of gas flow, rod loads, compressor sizing, horsepower
ratings and compressor analysis charts will be included. Safety, precision measurement,
use of the manuals, use of tools, and proper adjustments will be included with overhaul
This course is the study of basics of pneumatics, electrical analog and digital modes
of control; and hands-on practical exercises in calibrating, tuning, aligning and
troubleshooting. Data acquisition and data communications are also included.
The basic principles of AC/DC circuits are covered. Subjects included are electrical
safety, operating characteristics of the circuit components, use of symbols in schematics,
electrical laws, series, parallel, and series/parallel circuits, DVOM electrical measurement,
transformers, magnetism and impedance.
This course builds upon the skills developed in AD/DC Circuit Analysis, and provides
a comprehensive study of the principles and techniques of electromechanical devices
such as switches, circuit protection devices, relays, smart relays, and solenoids.
In addition the course introduces NFPA 70E electrical safety, ladder logic, wiring
diagrams, and circuit troubleshooting.
This course builds upon the skills developed in AC/DC Circuit Analysis, and provides
a study of the operation, types and maintenance of various AC and DC motors and generators.
Topics include NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, LOTO, reversing,
timing and counting functions, stopping methods, load, torque and power quality requirements,
reduced-voltage starting circuits, motor drive circuits, wiring configurations, power
transformers, and preventive and predictive maintenance.
An introductory course in programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and their applications
in industrial environments. Course topics include PLC programming, hardware specifications,
wiring, PLC ladder logic diagrams, sensors, input and output modules, control devices,
rack configuration and troubleshooting techniques are also covered.
Participants will study the theory and application of the ignition systems from magnetos
to CPUs, electronic governors, air fuel ratio control systems and control panels used
on natural gas engines with emphasis on maintenance4, diagnostics, and repair of the
systems and components.