Power Plant Technology Certificate

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Mike Genin, Aviation Maintenance Tech Graduate
2013 - 2014 Academic Catalog

Power Plant Technology Certificate

  • Certificate in Applied Science (CAS)

Furr, Douglas

Program Coordinator of Power Plant Technology
Instructor, Specialized Certifications
304-367-4911
411 Engineering Technology Building
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as power plant operators. Excellent employment opportunities exist in West Virginia and throughout the United States for students who complete this program. Current industry studies indicate that between 40-50% of existing power industry workers will be retiring within the next 5 years. Students are not obligated to work for sponsoring utilities upon completion of this certificate program, and are free to obtain employment with any company.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the Power Plant Technology program, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate theoretical knowledge of power plant operations, including applicable physical laws, boiler and flue gas processes, steam and thermodynamics, water treatment, emissions controls, instrumentation and controls, electrical and plant component fundamentals
  • Demonstrate practical and theoretical knowledge of typical and selected power plant systems
  • Have practical knowledge of power plant operations gained through participation power plant start-up, shut down and abnormal conditions on a plant referenced simulator, lab activities and/or internship
  • Be prepared to successfully complete the Edison Electric Institute POSS and MASS battery of tests
Opportunities: 

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as power plant operators. Excellent employment opportunities exist in West Virginia and throughout the United States for students who complete this program. Current industry studies indicate that between 40-50% of existing power industry workers will be retiring within the next 5 years. Students are not obligated to work for sponsoring utilities upon completion of this certificate program, and are free to obtain employment with any company.

Typical starting wages at area power generation stations are about $15 - $18 per hour, and a power station operator can earn approximately $35,000 to $40,000 per year after six months of initial employment. This job offers stable employment and significant opportunities for advancement. Current placement rate for individuals that have completed this program is approximately 60-70%.

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 
  • Students need to have a score of 19 or better in the MATH portion of the ACT or SAT equivalent or 36 or better on the COMPASS Algebra test or have completed MATH 0081-0086 series.
  • Students need to have a score of 18 or better in English portion of the ACT or SAT equivalent 0r a 71 or better on the COMPASS test or have completed ENGL 0097 or 0098
Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

Classes are held in a cohort format, with students progressing together through the program. Class sizes are limited to match the predicted employment needs of regional power stations, thus assuring a high probability of employment. A 10-week paid internship is typically offered on a competitive basis at local power stations which can provide students with field experience. Internship opportunities are contingent upon successful completion of the course with passing grades and a 2.0 GPA or higher, a comprehensive background investigation, post-offer physical examination and drug screening, and utility participation in the internship portion of the program. Successful completion of the POSS/MASS utility workers exam is also considered a requirement by most utilities in order to qualify for the internship portion of the program.

Notice to Students: 

One-year certificate, Power Plant Technology, will be issued following completion of first year curriculum.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
36 CHs
Support Coursework: 
6 CHs

ENGL 1005

Written English for Industry
3
CH(s)
Program Specific Required Coursework: 
30 CHs

PWPL 1160

Power Plant Fundamentals, Components & Theory
3
CH(s)

PWPL 1162

Plant Water Chemistry, Cooling, Fuel & Coombustion Air Systems
3
CH(s)

PWPL 1172

Power Plant Instrumentation & Control
3
CH(s)

PWPL 1174

Advanced Power Plant Systems
3
CH(s)

PWPL 1995

Power Plant Capstone (Internship)
6
CH(s)

*PWPL 1994 may be substituted for PWPL 1995 for those who are not eligible to take the course.

Model Schedule
Fall Semester

PWPL 1160

Power Plant Fundamentals, Components & Theory
3
CH(s)

PWPL 1172

Power Plant Instrumentation & Control
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs
Spring Semester

ENGL 1005

Written English for Industry
3
CH(s)

PWPL 1162

Plant Water Chemistry, Cooling, Fuel & Coombustion Air Systems
3
CH(s)

PWPL 1174

Advanced Power Plant Systems
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

*PWPL 1162, PWPL 1174, PWPL 1179 must be taken simultaneously (co-requisites).

Summer I Semester

PWPL 1995

Power Plant Capstone (Internship)
6
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
6 CHs

*PWPL 1994 may be substituted for PWPL 1995 for those who are not eligible to take the course.

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