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Energy Utility Technology

Degree: 
Certificate
Program Goals: 
The Energy Utility Technology certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the electrical and/or gas utility industry. The energy industry has forecast a strong need for technologically literate employees in the next several years for positions such as overhead and underground line workers, meter workers, and substation maintenance personnel. The program includes courses that provide students with and introduction to the energy industry; knowledge of direct and alternating current circuits; generation, transmission and distribution of electricity; industrial safety; and computer applications. In addition, students will gain hands-on experience through a practicum in the second semester.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of the program graduates will be able to:
  • Enter the electrical utility workforce in an entry level position
  • Enter the gas utility workforce in an entry level position
  • Advance through utility specific training
  • Transfer into the General Studies – EUT Associates Degree Program at QCC
Admissions Process: 
Admissions inquiries should be directed to admissions [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu .Prospective students may apply to the program of their choice by following the enrollment steps at the following link: http://www.qcc.edu/pages/Enrollment_Steps.html
CORI, SORI, Finger Printing & Drug Testing: 
A Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and Sexual Offenders Record Information (SORI) are not required. Finger printing and drug testing are not required. CORI, SORI, finger printing and drug testing are not required for the program. However, they may be required by utility employers. Additionally, driving infractions will likely affect an individual’s employability.
Additional Cost: 
Practicum participants will be expected to wear protective boots with steel or composite toes and an EH rating at the utility training site (Approx. $100-200).
Technical Performance Standards: 
See page 17 in the catalog or the Technical Performance Standards page.
Credit for Prior Learning: 
Students enrolled in this program may be able to earn academic credit for prior learning. Please contact the office of Career Placement Services at careerservices [at] qcc [dot] mass [dot] edu, 508.854.4439, Room 272 A. Career Outlook Please consult The Massachusetts Career Information System at http://masscis.intocareers.com/ or The Occupational Outlook Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ for specific occupational information. The CIP code for this program is 15.0503.
Transfer Articulations & Opportunities: 
Prospective students may learn more about transfer articulation agreements at the following link: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer/ArticPathways.html . More information regarding transfer opportunities is available at: http://www.qcc.mass.edu/transfer.
Additional Information: 
  • Students are advised to enroll in all semester 1 courses in the fall semester in order to progress to semester 2.
  • Students should enroll in all semester 2 courses in order to complete the program in one academic year.
  • Individuals seeking employment with utility companies must also meet employer-specific hiring requirements.
  • Individuals with driving and/or legal infractions should beware that their actions may impact their employability.
Curriculum: 
Course Title Course # Semester Offered Plan to Take Grade Credits Prerequisites
Semester 1
Fundamentals of the Energy Industry EUT 101 F     4  Coreq - ENG 100 or approp place score
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications CIS 111 F/S/SU     3  
Applied Technical Mathematics* MAT 108 F/S     4 MAT 095 or approp place score
Electrical Principles I EUT 110 F     4 MAT 095 or approp place score
Coreq - ENG 100 or approp place score, EUT 101
Semester 2
Electrical Principles II EUT 111 S     4 EUT 110
Generation, Transmission & Distribution EUT 115 S     4 EUT 110
Industrial Safety EUT 120 S     3 EUT 101
Energy Utility Technology Practicum EUT 190 S     3 Coreqs - EUT 111, 115,120
Total credits required: 29  

Program Notes:

  • Students are advised to enroll in all semester 1 courses in the fall semester in order to progress to semester 2. Students should enroll in all semester 2 courses in order to complete the program in one academic year.
  • Individuals seeking employment with utility companies must also meet employer-specific hiring requirements. Individuals with driving and/or legal infractions should be aware that their actions may impact their employability.

* Note: MAT 108 is designed to teach students how to apply mathematics to specific technical disciplines and is offered for credit toward the certificate or degree to be earned in Energy Utility Technology. It may not be considered equivalent to college-level mathematics for the purpose of transfer of credit to some baccalaureate institutions.