Energy Utility Technology Program Overview
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The Energy Utility Technology degree will provide the opportunity for participants to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for entry into energy utility careers or transfer to an advanced degree program of study in a related field.
The program combines courses in general education and energy utility technologies, partially conducted at approved energy utility facilities.
General educational elements will include academic background in mathematics, communications, leadership, basic circuit analysis, physics, and general educational electives. Utility technology elements will focus on energy delivery system knowledge and skills for areas of:
- Electrical construction and maintenance
- Engineering Assistants
- Gas-installations, maintenance, & design assistants,
- Appliance Service-installations, maintenance, and emergency response
- Power Plant operations and maintenance
This program's blend of college level academics, energy utility technology electives, and cooperative work experiences will provide successful graduates with sufficient knowledge to begin a career as entry level technicians with the electric and gas utility industry, companies in related fields or continue formal education.
Admission to the program requires a high school diploma or equivalent with proficiency prerequisite requirements for mathematics and composition. Those with insufficient background may take preparatory courses at Mercer County Community College.
Completion of the Energy Utility Technology degree program does not guarantee career positions, which are based on individual's background/academic performance, economic climate, staffing needs, and individual organizational hiring requirements.
Coursework will be conducted at Mercer County Community College campuses and Public Service Electric & Gas - Edison Training & Development Center, 234 Pierson Avenue, Edison. Cooperative work experiences will be scheduled at various PSE&G field locations in New Jersey.
The Energy Utility Technology Associates Degree program blends traditional academic courses, energy utility technology courses and cooperative work experiences for your learning:
Academic content of the Energy Utility Technology Associates Degree includes background in mathematics, communications, leadership, basic circuit analysis, physics and related general education subjects. These courses have been selected to meet the Associates Degree requirements and to provide prerequisites necessary for the successful completion of technical electives. These courses will all be provided at the college.
(Refer to the college catalog or program description in appendix for detailed courses.)
Energy Utility Technology Electives
The Energy Utility Technology courses consist of a series of prerequisite technical fundamental courses and subject areas specialty courses.
The prerequisite technical fundamentals courses include:Introduction to the Energy Utility Industry (UTI 101)
Fundamentals of Gas Combustion (UTI 102)
Fundamentals of Power Alternating Current (UTI 103)
UTI 101 "Introduction to Energy Utility Industry" will provide the student with an overview of the career opportunities in each of the core energy technology areas including employment requirements, working conditions/environment, projected long range employment opportunities and pay ranges; thus, assisting you with the selection of specific core area that matches your career desires.
UTI 102 and UTI 103 teach the fundamentals required to succeed in any of the subject specialty courses.
Cooperative Work Experience [ Internships ] UTI 281 and UTI 282
The Cooperative Work Experience is a summer internship opportunity to apply skills and knowledge on-the-job as part of an energy utility unionized field crew. Learners will receive college credit and be paid by the participating utility for the hours worked during the cooperative work experience.
One of the subject area specialty courses (also referred to as UTI energy electives in the course listing), UTI 104 through 110, is required to be successfully completed prior to starting the summer cooperative work experience. The actual course depends on which internship the student is selected for.
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The subject area specialty courses which students can select include:Introduction to Appliance Service (UTI 104)
Inside Plant Operations (UTI 105)
Introduction to Energy Utility Engineering (UTI 106)
Introduction to Metering (UTI 107)
Introduction to Underground Utilities (UTI 108)
Introduction to Gas Distribution (UTI 109)
Introduction to Power Plant Operations & Maintenance (UTI 110)
The internships will be available to a limited number of qualified students at various field locations throughout the cooperating utilities service area. Learners must meet minimum grade and attendance requirements to qualify for the apprentice program and summer cooperative experience employment. In addition, learners must possess and maintain a valid New Jersey driver's license and pass a standard physical exam, which includes drug testing, to qualify for summer cooperative experience employment.
(Refer to college catalog for enrollment information and schedule.)