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