June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
Energy Conversion and Conservation
13.985.1 - 13.985.10
Session AC 2008-614
Power Engineering Technology Program Development
Ray Miller, Max Rabiee and Elvin Stepp
University of Cincinnati
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.
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. 10.18260/1-2--3403
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