Bismarck State College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electrical Transmission Systems Technology online. This program is designed to teach students about the electrical power system, including basic electricity, generation, distribution, and transmission, with a strong emphasis on system operations. System operations is the aspect of the energy industry that deals with the management, delivery, safety, and reliability of the wholesale electrical power market.
The focus of the Electrical Transmission Systems Technology program is on system operations and dispatching. The system operator is the person whose primary responsibility is ensuring the reliability of the transmission of electricity over the electrical grid and to consumers. System operators follow established procedures and monitor operational conditions to help ensure reliable service and economical use of resources. System operators also prepare and coordinate switching procedures for routine and emergency work on the electric system. In the event of an electric system disturbance or failure, system operators quickly restore service in a safe and orderly manner through switching and radio directions given to field crews.
There are a number of required courses that students must take. These include Power Industry Concepts, Applied Mathematics for System Operators, DC Fundamentals, AC Fundamentals, Electrical Generation Theory, System Elements I – Substations, System Elements II – Transformers, System Elements III - Protective Relaying, Electrical Diagram Interpretation, Power System Operations, Interconnected System Operations, Power Flow, System Operator Work Practices, Power System Safety, Communication & Control Technology, Power System Economics, Power System Emergency Concepts, and Reliability Policies & Procedures. Students will also need to take 15 credit hours of general education courses.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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