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    Jan 27, 2022  
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Technical Studies Electrical Utilities and Substation Technician, (AAS)

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Program Info

Minimum credits: 68
Length: 5 semesters (2 years), including two summers

Career opportunities:

Electrician: $55,590
Electrical Electronics Installer and Repairer: $55,160
Electrical Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, & Relay Technicians: $78,030

*Median salaries & job growth nationwide as of 2017. BLS.gov

Division: Workforce Services
Contact: 434.797.6437
Award: Technical Studies AAS

Program Description

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) in Electrical Utility and Substation Technician program provides students a general foundation in power utility, electricity, electronics, theorems, networks, and fundamental circuits.

Career Opportunity:

Career options include System Protection, Equipment Specialist, Substation technician, level 1 Electrician in all areas of the power industry. Level 1 Electrician in all areas of Industry, Automation, Instrumentation, and technician Electrical/Electronic and Electrical Maintenance

Length: A full-time student can complete this program in 5 semesters.

Admission Requirements: General college admission requirements.

Program Outcomes: Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and competencies in three phase power, protective relaying, power transformers, voltage regulators, capacitors, and power circuit breakers.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of power and energy sources and how they relate to the generation, distribution and control of residential, commercial, and industrial power.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge and competencies in key Electrical and Electronics areas of study.
  4. Apply troubleshooting skills to diagnose and repair electrical and electronic systems by reading and interpreting one line diagrams, ladder diagrams, schematics, and wiring diagrams.
  5. Identify, set up, and operate basic Electrical, Electronic and Power test equipment.
  6. Demonstrate work practices that comply with safety procedures as related to electricity.

This is a specialized program designed for the full- or part-time student, with maximum flexibility for the worker. Those already employed in the field may receive advanced standing credit for the internship requirement.

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