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Industry-Driven Power Engineering Curriculum Development in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology ProgramThe power engineering industry has been experiencing a demonstrated shortage of skilled, well-trained, and educated power engineering technologists and technicians to fill positions in theelectric power industry. The root cause of this problem is two-fold. First, academic programs inpower engineering have not been educating and graduating enough students in powerengineering curriculum to address this shortage. Clearly, more needs to be done to encourageadditional capacity within programs and inspire more and more diverse students to explore thiscareer path. Second, nearly 75% of current power engineers and technologists are at or near theretirement age and will retire in the next 10 years. As a result, without coordinated and effectiveefforts, this demonstrated worker shortage will only get worse in the coming years. Industry andacademia need to work together to address this problem. The initiative described in this paperwill re-shape, expand, and enhance the current power engineering focus area in electricalengineering technology program. New courses in power electronics, power transmission anddistribution, and renewable energy will be developed providing electrical engineering technologystudents the opportunity to learn concepts and hands-on skills and will address the present andfuture needs of the power energy industry. One key factor of the proposed new courses will be torevamp the curriculum to meet the expectations of power industry by supplying qualifiedtechnicians and technologists who have extensive hands-on experience. The cross-disciplinaryelectric power system training program presented in this paper is very versatile. It is structured ina way to accommodate the needs of enrolled in the University students, employees of industrylooking to improve their knowledge in power areas, as well as students from another universitiesand colleges pursuing power education. Concept of virtual laboratory is also introduced here andprovides addition flexibility in the class’s offering strategies. Due to the rapid changes in thetechnological world, faculty involved in teaching the proposed courses must be informed ofadvances in technology currently used in the industry. On the other hand, industry wants to havequalified and well-educated employees who are ready to implement their knowledge on day oneof their employment. As a result, the initiative of power engineering curriculum developmentdescribed in this paper is industry-driven.
Sergeyev, A., & Alaraje, N. (2011, June), Industry-Driven Power Engineering Curriculum Development in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Program Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18156
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