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Powerplant OperatorClick for detailsIn today's modern environment, we often take the flip of a light switch for granted.  With this simple gesture, we are connecting to a vast system that includes the elements of people, electric lines, and generating equipment.  Power plant operators, who are responsible for the machinery that generates electricity, are a vital part of this industry.

Four courses new to Casper College were specifically developed for the program and include Power Plant Orientation, Power Plant Supply and Control I and II, and Water Treatment. “These four courses are delivered in a combination of modalities including classroom instruction and field experience through job shadowing,” said Burnett.

According to Burnett regional and national forecasts for employees in this field show a high demand in the next eight to 10 years and beyond. “Students who graduate from Casper College with a certificate or AAS in electric power technology will be prepared to begin a career in the electric power generation industry,” he said.

A total of 64.33 credits are required for the A.A.S. degree and a minimum of 33.5 credits are required for the certificate.

Process Technology Certificate Program

The Process Technology Certificate provides the necessary foundational skills for participants interested in entering Petro-Chemical career fields. The inital certificate program is designed to be completed in a condensed 15-week Monday through Friday format. The program is very safety intensive and participants will be issued an OSHA General Industry 10 Hour Card upon sucessful completion.

Students also gain valuable knowledge in Mechanical, Electrical and Process Technology.

CURRICULUM
Course
Course Number
Credits
Basic AC/DC Electronics
ELTR 1515
3
Industral Safety
ENVT 1600
4
Introduction to Process Technology
PTEC 1500
2
Process Quality
PTEC 1550
2
Process Technology I
PTEC 1600
3
Process Technology II
PTEC 1605
3
Introduction to Mechanical Fundamentals
PTEC 1020
2
Total Credit Hours
19

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For more information on electric power technology A.A.S. degree, call Dick Burnett at 268-3066, toll free at 800-442-2963, ext. 3066 or via email. Dave Johnson Power Plant Dick Burnett teaching a student in the classroom
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DESL 1850 Basic Hydraulics (2L,2LB,3CR):
Principles of hydraulic systems and components used in mobile equipment. Factors of consideration in the selection, installation, operation, and maintenance of hydraulic systems.

ELTR 1535 Electrical Power (1L,2LB,2CR):
Fundamentals of AC electrical machines and transformers. Topics covered are electromagnetism, transformers, AC motors and motor control. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ELTR 1515 or ELTR 1570, or permission of the instructor.

ELTR 1570 Electric Circuits (4L,4CR):
Fundamentals of DC and AC circuit analysis, electromagnetics, and single-phase transformers. Prerequisite: MATH 0920, completion of or concurrent enrollment in ELTR 1620, or permission of the instructor.

ELTR 1620 Electrical Concepts Laboratory (3LB,1.5CR):
An introductory laboratory course for electronics technicians. Emphasizes analysis and troubleshooting of simple AC and DC circuits. Additional topics covered include magnetism and electromagnetism. Prerequisite: completion of or concurrent enrollment in ELTR 1570.

ENVT 1600 Industrial Safety (3L,3CR):
This course is an introduction to safety issues that affect technicians in the oil and gas industry. The course will review general safety issues and specific Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations. The topics to be covered include: drugs in the workplace, hazardous materials, accident prevention and hazard recognition, hazards of hydrocarbons, personal protective equipment, toxic gases and respiratory protection, confined space safety, spill prevention and response, chemical handling safety, job task analysis, fire prevention and incipient stage fire fighting, walking/working surfaces and fall protection, hot weather safety, machine guarding, excavation safety, emergency planning and evacuation, and general safety practices.

HLTK 1620 Heart Saver First Aid, CPR and AED (.33LB,.33CR):
Provides training in adult, child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), foreign body airway obstruction, and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Also provides training for laypeople in first aid assessments and actions.

POWR 1500 Power Plant Orientation (2L,2LB,3CR):
This course is designed to address initial apprentice program topics, basic energy industry principles, and a power plant systems overview. Students will be introduced to power plant operations and explore in-depth circulating water, raw water condensing, condensate, feedwater and steam systems and their relationship to plant operation. These systems will be described and proper operating procedures will be explained. The philosophy and conceptual framework of the Casper College electric power technology program is explored. Prerequisite: admission to the electric power technology program.

POWR 1565 Power Plant Water Treatment (3L,3CR):
An introduction to the basic water treatment processes that may be found in a typical electric power production facility. Students will be introduced to the systems, operation and key components of water sources, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, reverse osmosis, continuous deionization, ion exchange softening and demineralization.  Included will be an overview of waste water management and sewage treatment.  Prerequisite: admission to the electric power technology program.

POWR 1600 Power Plant Supply and Control I (2L,2LB,3CR):
This course is designed to address power plant fuel supply, air supply, bottom ash and flyash disposal, auxiliary cooling water and control systems. Students will be introduced to a supply systems overview. The uses of and relationships among auxiliary water, operating air, ignition oil, ash disposal and coal fuel systems will be explored as they relate to electric power production. These systems will be described and proper operating procedures will be explained. Prerequisite: successful completion of POWR 1500 or permission of the instructor.

POWR 1650 Power Plant Maintenance Practice (2L,2LB,3CR):
A study of mining and other industrial plant operating systems. Repair procedures for centrifugal pumps, liquid and air valves, belt alignment, and mechanical drives are covered. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

POWR 1980 Cooperative Work Experience (1-8CR):
This class is designed to give students hands-on training in electric power generator facilities. A student working for an employer is responsible for employment verification and documentation of hours worked and jobs done. Students staying on campus will meet the training requirements of the department.

POWR 2480 Cooperative Work Experience (1-8CR):
This class is designed to give students hands-on training in electric power generator facilities. A student working for an employer is responsible for employment verification and documentation of hours worked and jobs done. Students staying on campus will meet the training requirements of the department.

POWR 2600 Power Plant Supply and Control II(2L,2LB,3CR):
This course will address steam generators, turbines and generators, and control topics. Students will explore the steam generator, turbine, and generator and their relationship to plant operation. These systems will be described and proper operating procedures will be explained. Prerequisite: successful completion of POWR 1500 or concurrent enrollment in POWR 1600.

POWR 2650 Power Plant Maintenance II (2L,2LB,3CR):
This course is designed to address power plant equipment maintenance processes and procedures. Students will be introduced to procedures and tools utilized in maintaining electric power generating plants including, but not limited to rigging, bearings, drive systems and electrical systems found in power plants.  Instrumentation, measurements and control systems will be further explored.

Advisory Board Information coming soon!

PROGRAM ENTRANCE CONSIDERATIONS

EPT Group PhotographApplicants must complete and submit the following items to the Casper College Office of Admissions to be considered for acceptance for the Fall 2008 semester:

  • Full Admission to Casper College
  • Current ACT or Compass scores
  • Veterans must provide a copy of DD214
  • Verification of past relevant employment
  • EPT Admission Ranking Worksheet

Selected candidates will be required to:

  • meet the physical requirements needed for power plant work
  • to pass a drug screening
  • interview with Casper College personnel

Wyoming Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Council

An Electrical Apprenticeship is an occupational training program that combines on-the-job experience with classroom instruction in electrical theory, code and application designed to meet government and/or industry regulations. Casper College provides formalized training for the electrical apprenticeship programs shown below.

Casper College partners with the Wyoming Electrical Joint Apprentice Training Council (JATC) to provide extensive classroom training (60 credit hours) designed to compliment on-the-job training received by electrical apprentices. Classes meet several times a year for a week at a time over the 4-year apprenticeship program duration. The combination of coursework and training prepare an apprentice electrician to take the journeyman electrician exam administered by the State of Wyoming Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety.

The following classes are offered on a yearly basis for electrical apprentices working under the direction of the Wyoming Electrical JATC. Students must meet the requirements of Casper College and the Wyoming Electrical JATC.

  • ELAP 1510  Electrical I    
5 credits
  • ELAP 1520  Electrical II
5 credits
  • ELAP 1530  Electrical III

5 credits

  • ELAP 1540  Electrical IV
5 credits
  • ELAP 1550  Electrical V
5 credits
  • ELAP 1560  Electrical VI
5 credits
  • ELAP 1570  Electrical VII
6 credits
  • ELAP 1580  Electrical VIII
6 credits
  • ELAP 1590  Electrical IX
6 credits
  • ELAP 1600  Electrical X
6 credits

For more information contact: Casper College at 1-800-442-2963 extension 2459 or the Wyoming Electrical JATC office at 307-234-8311.

Independent Electrical Apprenticeship Training

Independent electrical apprenticeship training is provided for electricians by Casper College. The classes are scheduled in an evening format and meet the state requirements and content for electrical training based upon the State of Wyoming Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety standards. The following classes are offered on either a yearly or biyearly basis. Students must meet the requirements of Casper College. Students must meet the class prerequisites or have division chair approval to register for any of the independent electrical apprenticeship classes with the exception of ELAP 1515.

  • ELAP 1515  Electrical I    
5 credits
  • ELAP 1525  Electrical II
5 credits
  • ELAP 1535  Electrical III

5 credits

  • ELAP 1545  Electrical IV
5 credits
  • ELAP 1555  Electrical V
5 credits
  • ELAP 1565  Electrical VI
5 credits
  • ELAP 1575  Electrical VII
5 credits
  • ELAP 1585  Electrical VIII
5 credits

For more information on independent apprenticeship training contact: Casper College at 1-800-442-2963 extension 2459.

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