Program Overview

Bismarck State College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Power Plant Technology degree. This program provides students with an understanding of the equipment and the principle of operation involved in power plants. Graduates will have learned the responsibilities of plant operators, the necessary mechanical and chemical technology and the work and safety environment in this shift-oriented position. This program focuses on training workers who are new to the electrical generation industry as well as those currently working in the field wishing to increase their promotion potential.

The program helps students learn the technical and safety aspects of plant operations, the responsibilities of plant operators, and the mechanical and chemical technology needed for working in related industrial operations. Required courses include Introduction to Energy Technology, Safety, Health & Environment, Mechanical Fundamentals, Plant Equipment & Systems, Print Reading, Applied Math, Electrical Fundamentals, Instrumentation & Control, Heat Transfer, Fluid Flow & Thermodynamics, Water Purification & Treatment, Steam Generation, Operations, Troubleshooting & Communications, Energy Sources & Conversions, Boilers & Environmental Protection, Turbines & Combined Cycle, Power Generation, Components & Protection, and Practical Applications. Students are also required to take 15 general education credits.

Graduates will be prepared for employment in the operation of modern fossil fuel power plants, gas turbine facilities, or other facilities where steam and/or electricity is generated. Graduates will also have the fundamental knowledge to work in water treatment, wind farms, process technology facilities, co-generation power plants and many other types of manufacturing facilities.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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    School Overview

    Bismarck State College is a public, four-year institution of higher education that focuses primarily on associate’s degrees, and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bismarck State College was founded in 1939 as Bismarck Junior College. In 1984, the college became a part of the North Dakota system of Higher Education and in 1987, the school’s name changed to Bismarck State College.

    Bismarck State College offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s programs, transfer opportunities, technical programs, and continuing education. Bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees are offered in cooperation with other North Dakota University System institutions. BSC specializes in energy education, with degrees including power and process plant technology, ethanol training, nuclear power technology, and electric power technology. The school’s mission states: “Bismarck State College, an innovative community college, offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities.”

    Students can complete associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs, from home through Bismarck State College’s online campus. The online environment varies among programs, but most often features shorter intensive classes extending from 3 weeks to 8-week sessions that are offered throughout the entire year. 

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