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Power Engineering Technology Program Development

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Curricular Developments in Energy Education

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

13.985.1 - 13.985.10

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https://peer.asee.org/3403

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Ray Miller University of Cincinnati

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Ray Miller graduated from Case Institute of Technology with a BS in Fluid and Thermal Sciences in 1977. Over his 30 career in the energy field Ray build large commercial power plants for several utilities. He has also become an AEE Certified Energy Manager, and an AWS CWI. He has taught as an adjunct at the College of Applied Science for 20 years and has served on the industrial advisory boards of the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology departments. Ray is a member of the AWS, AFE and AEE.

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Max Rabiee University of Cincinnati

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Max Rabiee earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1987. He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Rabiee is a registered professional engineer (since 1988), and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). He is also a member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

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Elvin Stepp University of Cincinnati

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Elvin Stepp earned his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnatian in 1973. He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Stepp is a registered professional engineer (since 1976), and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE). He is also a member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

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Session AC 2008-614

Power Engineering Technology Program Development

Ray Miller, Max Rabiee and Elvin Stepp

University of Cincinnati

Abstract:

A major issue in the electric power industry is the staffing of the electric power infrastructure. As the Baby Boomer generation retires over the next decade as much as 75% of the current industry staff will have retired. This will affect hourly operations and maintenance personnel, engineering design staff and transmission and distribution professionals. The impending demand for power engineers has spurred the utility companies to work with the College of Applied Science to develop programs for new Engineering Technologists in Power Systems. A major goal of this paper is to describe and promote the topics that should be included in Power Engineering Technology Programs. The paper will focus on the technical description of a recently approved new Associate Degree in Power System Engineering Technology at the University of Cincinnati. This new program started in the fall of 2006, and was created largely due to the request from industry professionals. The program is jointly presented by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology departments at the University of Cincinnati. The paper also presents a proposed formation of an Energy Center which will extend the current associate level curriculum into a baccalaureate degree in Power Systems Engineering Technology. Other degrees including nuclear power, certificate programs, conferences and workshops will be offered.

Introduction:

Over the past three decades the utility industry has gone through the toughest times in the history of large scale centralized power production. The 1973 Clean Air Act required power companies to provide remedies for thermal pollution, air pollution, ground water contamination and soil contamination. This added significantly to the costs of traditional fossil fueled power plants and helped stimulate the growth in interest in building a large number of nuclear power plants.

In 1979 the accident at Three Mile Island halted the construction of every nuclear plant being built in the US as well as forcing utilities to scrap any plans to seek licensing to start building new plants. In the 1980s natural gas transmission was deregulated on a federal basis. This resulted in rapid growth in the sales and installation of a large number of combustion gas turbine peaking power stations. In addition to being a cleaner fuel, combustion turbine peaking stations were nowhere near as labor intensive as large scale fossil fueled power plants or nuclear power

Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2008, American Society for Engineering Education

Miller, R., & Rabiee, M., & Stepp, E. (2008, June), Power Engineering Technology Program Development Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3403

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