Power Systems Technology

Power Systems Technology -AAS

Effective term: 
2019 Fall
Final term: 
Total credits required: 
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College Specific

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Power Systems Technology program is designed to provide trade-related classroom training as required by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, the State of Arizona, Apprenticeship Division, and the National Academy for Nuclear Training. The program consists of a core curriculum that is common to all power plant disciplines. The student selects a track of study, using a stackable Certificate of Completion in the areas of mechanical, electrical, or industrial technology - to complete specialized craft-related training.

Program notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program. Students who wish to obtain the Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP) industry certificate may be required to meet additional standards. Please contact the Division or Program Director for more information.

GTC107Technical Mathematics I 3
GTC108Technical Mathematics II 3
PPT120Energy Industry Fundamentals 3
PPT121Power Plant Components 3
PPT202Power Plant Systems I 3
PPT203Power Plant Systems II 3
And, students must also choose from one (1) of the following Certificates of Completion
Certificate of Completion in Mechanical Systems Technology (5846) (18)
MIT120Industrial Technology Fundamentals 3
PPT124Power Systems Components I 3
PPT126Power Systems Components II 3
PPT128Power Systems Components III 3
PPT210Valve Maintenance II 3
PPT213Pumps II 3
Certificate of Completion in Electrical Systems Technology (5844) (20)
ELC119Concepts of Electricity and Electronics 3
ELC120Solid State Fundamentals 3
ELC210AC Machinery and DC Machinery 3
ELC217Motor Controls 3
ELC218Variable Frequency Drives 3
MIT120Industrial Technology Fundamentals 3
PPT242Components for Maintenance Technicians 2
Certificate of Completion in Energy and Industrial Technology (5920N) (24)
This is a closed certificate for West-MEC Dual Enrollment Students only
MIT120Industrial Technology Fundamentals (3)
MIT121Industrial Technology I-A (3)
MIT122Industrial Technology I-B (3)
MIT123Industrial Mechanical Technology II-A (3)
MIT124Industrial Mechanical Technology II-B (3)
MIT133Industrial Electrical and Instrumentation Technology II-A (3)
MIT134Industrial Electrical and Instrumentation Technology II-B (3)
PPT120Energy Industry Fundamentals (Met in Required Courses Above) (0) 21
Restricted Electives
Students must choose six (6) credits from the following:
MIT112Natural Gas Pipeline Operations 3
MIT113Natural Gas Pipe Joiner 3
PPT221Reactor Theory 3
PPT222Reactor Plant Chemistry and Materials 3
PPT250Power Plant Position Preparation 2
PPT255Fossil Systems 3
PPT270AAPower Systems Technology Internship 1
PPT270ABPower Systems Technology Internship 2
PPT270ACPower Systems Technology Internship 3
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 19-22
General Education CoreCredits 9-12
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3) 6
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area. 3
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment. 0-3
MathematicsCredits 0
Met by GTC108 in the Required Courses area.
General Education DistributionCredits 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits 4
PHS110Fundamentals of Physical Science (4) OR
PHY101Introduction to Physics (4) 4
  1. Describe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) industrial safety precautions related to material handling, electrical and machine safety, first response to fire and medical emergencies, safety signs and color codes, recognition of safety and health hazard accident prevention and management. (PPT120)
  2. Apply mathematical concepts of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to the industrial setting. (GTC107, GTC108)
  3. Discuss information distribution including methods and avenues of communication, material and design, procedural deficiencies of motors and equipment, operation of sensitive equipment, plant vulnerabilities, and personnel errors. (PPT120)
  4. Explain basic systems and components involving reactor coolant, volume control, safety injection, mainstream, turbine, feed water, steam, and heater drain systems within the power plant. (PPT202)
  5. Explain advanced systems and components involving water, electrical, cooling, waste drain, fuel handling and storage, fuel pool cooling and cleanup, radioactive waste management, air and gas systems, and ventilation and fire protection systems within the power plant. (PPT203)
  6. Explain and apply the basic concepts of electrical fundamentals and electronics. (PPT121)
  7. Explain principles, properties, and safe handling requirements of lubricants, describe terminology identification and inspection of the component parts of a drive and gear system, and describe application, inspection, maintenance, and failure modes of plant bearings. (PPT124)
  8. Explain functional components of turbines, explain heat exchanger theory, and describe operational principles of pneumatic and hydraulic valve actuators. (PPT126)
  9. Explain hydraulic and pneumatic physical concepts, explain hydraulic and pneumatic system components and operation, and describe operating principles of plant components. (PPT128)
  10. Describe theories and concepts in industrial technology basics, OSHA 10 certification and explain introductory concepts in industrial math, hand and power tools, technical drawings, rigging, and materials handling. (MIT120)
  11. Explain electrical component types and characteristics, such as circuit breakers and fuses, instrumentation schematics, protective relaying, and inverters. (PPT242)
  12. Describe introductory theory and principles of electric circuits, magnetism and electromagnetism including basic motors, transformers and generators. (ELC119)
  13. Explain the theory of operation of semi-conductor devices and explain specific and practical applications in relations to temperature, light, speed and pressure control as used in industry today. (ELC120)
  14. Describe the principles and operation of AC (Alternating current) and DC (direct current) motors, generators, and alternators including single-phase motors along with induction, synchronous, and wound-rotor types of three-phase motors. (ELC210)
  15. Describe electrical symbols and explain contacts and starters, control devices, reversing circuits and power distribution systems. (ELC217)
  16. Describe principles and operation of frequency-controlled AC (Alternating current) motor drives, including current source inverters (CSI), variable voltage inverters (VVI) and pulse width modulated inverters (PWM). (ELC218)
  17. Explain the fundamentals of valve maintenance including valve lapping, packing, gaskets, valve inspections, and properly torqueing valve fasteners. (PPT210)
  18. Explain the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting techniques for the following types of pumps: rotary, reciprocating, centrifugal, positive displacement and metering pump operation. (PPT213)
  19. Explain the principles of Industrial Maintenance Technology. Explain the theory and applications in tools of the trade, fasteners and anchors, oxyfuel cutting, gaskets and packing, technical mathematics, and technical drawings. (MIT121)
  20. Explain the principles of Industrial Maintenance Technology. Explain the theory and applications in pumps and valves, test instruments, rigging, mobile and support equipment, and lubrication. (MIT122)
  21. Describe basic layout, introduction to piping components, copper and plastic piping practices, introduction to ferrous metal piping practices, identifying, installing and maintaining valves, hydrostatic and pneumatic testing, introduction to bearings, and low-pressure steam systems. (MIT123)
  22. Describe the operation of high-pressure steam systems and auxiliaries, distillation towers and vessels, heaters, furnaces, heat exchangers, cooling towers, fin fans, and introduction to tube work. (MIT124)
  23. Describe the fundamentals of industrial safety for E and I technicians including the introduction to the National Electrical Code, electrical theory, alternating current, electrical and instrumentation test equipment, flow, pressure, level, and temperature. (MIT133)
  24. Explain the fundamentals of process mathematics, hand bending, tubing, clean, purge, and test tubing and piping systems, instrument drawings and documents, conductors and cables, and conductor terminations and splices. (MIT134)