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Electric Utility Technology

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers training for careers related to electric utility technologies. The primary option is an Associate of Science degree in Electric Utility Technology (EUT) that prepares students to become technicians in the power generation industry and in other large industry settings.

Completing the EUT Associate of Science degree prepares students to enter into a Relay Technician apprenticeship program offered by some electric utility companies, or students may transfer to another college and work toward a four-year degree. Graduates will be well prepared for the beginning test of technical knowledge that are part of apprenticeship programs.

Electric utilities are facing a shortage of relay technicians. Many relay technicians will be retiring from area electric utilities, and typical training time needed to become a journeyman relay technician takes multiple years. Relay technicians enjoy high pay and challenging jobs. Tasks are becoming increasingly challenging as more state-of-the-art electronic technologies are used for protective relaying, while the relay technicians still need to continue servicing older equipment.

Apprentice relay technicians need computer expertise, solid technical skills in electricity and magnetism, plus a wide background of education to become valuable employees in this changing work environment. The demand for relay technicians is expected to grow. Students will receive a broad general education that will equip them to become life-long learners in this technical industry.

A separate certificate program is available in Clean Energy Technology. Additional options may be added in the future to address the needs for technically trained people in and around the electric power industry.

Advantages
The latest electric systems training lab equipment is employed in learning labs. Opportunities for hands-on learning are in place.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has photovoltaic panels to generate electrical energy. The program also has home-sized photovoltaic and wind energy demonstration systems. Students entering the program can expect to enjoy a new and exciting educational program, use the latest in training equipment, and have opportunities for challenging careers in electric utilities and in other industries where electric power systems are used.

For Further Information
To receive more information about the Electric Utility Technology program or general Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College information, contact:

Admissions Office
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101  14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

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Associate of Science Degree
Required Courses
The current degree program planner checklist of required courses is available for viewing and printing here.

Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

Selected Course Descriptions
EUT 1010 Introduction to Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems

Students will become acquainted with the background issues, scientific concepts, and technologies of alternative and renewable energy systems. The different types of systems will be surveyed and compared, and their future discussed.

EUT 1020 Basic Electricity
This is the first half of a two-semester course sequence. Students will be introduced to Direct Current (DC) electric circuits and devices from the perspective used in the electric power industry. The topics of DC electric circuits, motors, generators, and other topics will be introduced through hands-on learning activities.

EUT 1030 Transmission, Distribution, and Metering of Power
Students will be introduced to transmission, distribution, and metering systems used in the electric power industry. Electrical equipment, theory of operations, system behavior, and other topics will be introduced through hands-on activities.

EUT 1040 Power Electronics and Communications Equipment
Students will be introduced to power electronics and communications equipment from the perspective used in the electric power industry. Equipment and topics will be introduced through hands-on lab activities.

EUT 1050 Protective Relaying
Students will be introduced to the technologies of protective relaying, and the activities encountered by relay technicians. Relay components, relay types, fault simulation, and maintenance techniques will be taught by an experienced electric utility relay professional.

EUT 1100 Programmable Logic Controllers

EUT 2100 Sensors and Controls

 

Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

 

 2101 14th Street       Cloquet, Minnesota 55720       1.800.657.3712       218.879.0800       Minnesota Relay Service at 711 or 1.800.627.3529
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