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Power Systems Option enhances Electrical Engineering Technology degree

In response to industry demand, Penn State Berks had added the Power Systems Option to the associate degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. The option provides students with detailed knowledge in the fields of power generation and distribution. Students will benefit from the hands-on approach to the fundamentals of engineering and technology, as well the solid background in electricity and electronics.

The Power Systems Option has been developed with the assistance of several local companies, including Reliant Energy, EnerSys, Exelon, PPL, First Energy, and Bechtel Power.

Specific topics of study include an introduction to electrical power systems, with an emphasis on applications in our society; energy circuits, including direct and alternating current circuit design analysis; electrical machinery and energy converters, including operating principles, characteristics, and analysis of machines, transformers, and power systems; and programmable logic controllers, with an emphasis on the principles of industrial control, programming, interfacing, input/output devices, and applications.

Employment opportunities for skilled technicians are predicted to grow in the energy industry as demand for power increases and current employees retire in significant numbers. These opportunities will be available in all segments of the power generation industry including fossil, natural gas, nuclear, and alternative energy generation. Technicians will also be in demand in the transmission and distribution segments of the industry. In addition, as demand for alternative energy increases, the need for batteries to store energy will increase. Berks County is home to the corporate headquarters of two of the largest industrial battery manufacturers in the country.

Individuals who would like to apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology degree should contact the Office of Admissions at 610-396-6060.

Students with relevant experience and a strong math aptitude can enroll in courses that are part of the Power System Option as non-degree students. For more information about enrolling in the option as a non-degree student, contact Dr. Dale Litwhiler at 610-396-6128 or via e-mail at dhl10@psu.edu.

Penn State Berks currently offers students eight associate degrees and fifteen bachelor's degrees, as well as the first two years of more than 160 Penn State baccalaureate degree programs offered at other Penn State campuses.

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