Power Plant Technology
One-Year Certificate or
Doug Furr, Coordinator
This program offers one-year credit-bearing certificate or two year, AAS options. The program was developed in partnership with First Energy, to help assure the availability of a qualified workforce. Due in part to an aging employee population, First Energy, as well as other generation stations in the region, have a need for entry-level operators as positions become available.
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. Typical starting wages at area power generation stations are about $17 - $18 per hour, and entry level power station operators can earn approximately $40,000 -$45,000 per year. Pay increases with experience and proven skills within various watch standing duty areas. This job offers stable employment and significant opportunities for advancement.
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. An eight to ten week paid internship is offered on a competitive basis at local power stations which provides students with valuable field experience. Internship opportunities are contingent upon successful completion of the POSS/MASS tests, a comprehensive background investigation, post-offer physical examination, drug screening, and availability of intern positions. First Energy has offered internships for the past five years. Our 2012 graduating class had a 93% placement rate.
Students enroll at Pierpont Community & Technical College. All students must take a compass test or ACT test to be eligible for this program. The minimum test scores to enter this program are as follow:
Compass Algebra 36, Compass English 71, Compass Reading 75
ACT MATH 19 ACT English 18
Students who do not meet the minimum academic requirements for Math and English can enroll in developmental coursework. Students should complete compass or ACT testing as early as possible so that if needed, the student may enroll in developmental English or Math courses particularly during the summer semester.
Program Learning Outcomes
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
64 Credit Hours
FALL FIRST YEAR
SPING FIRST YEAR
SUMMER FIRST YEAR
Students are eligible for a Certificate in Power Plant Technology following completion of the first year curriculum.
FALL SECOND YEAR
SPRING SECOND YEAR
To apply for entrance into this program, DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION, fill it out and send it to the registrar at the address below or to the program coordinator:
Pierpont Community & Technical College