Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Students working in lab

About this program

At Penn College, our students learn by doing. From classroom theories and concepts to immersive lab experiences, we dig into complex concepts and then apply them to the real thing. In this program you’ll master in-demand skills like installing, servicing, and repairing diesel power generators. You’ll also refine the practical skills needed to work with electrical machinery, electric and electronic machine control devices, and other electronic equipment.

93%

Overall Placement

63%

Employed Less Than One Month After Graduating

Pursue a Dual Degree

Careers

  • Power generation technician
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Sales representative 
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Direct Current Fundamentals (ELT111)
  • Electrical Power Generation Safety (DSM159)
  • Fuel Systems (DSM119)
  • Diesel Engine Technology (DSM154)
  • Diesel Engines Laboratory (DSM116)
  • Alternating Current Fundamentals (ELT122)
  • Electric Power Generation Internship (DSM152)
  • Gaseous Fueled Engines Operation, Applications, and Troubleshooting (DSM279)
  • Diesel Electronic Fuels: Systems, Operation and Diagnostics (DSM289)
  • Electrical Motor Control (ELT234)
  • Power Generator Theory and Operation (DSM229)
  • Introduction to Programmable Logic Control (ELT245)
  • Electrical Machinery Analysis (ELT246)
  • Power Generation Systems (DSM292)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Gain hands-on experience in advanced learning labs where you’ll work on equipment just like you can expect to see after graduation.  

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Diesel Performance Technicians Association

Expand learning opportunities and meet others who share your interest in diesel performance.  

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Many students have an opportunity to work with power generation professionals across the nation.  

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Dual Degree

Diesel Technology & Heavy Construction Equipment Technology

Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Penn College in Electric Power Generation Technology: Diesel Emphasis are eligible to earn a second degree in Diesel Technology or Heavy Construction Equipment Technology (Technician or Caterpillar Equipment emphasis) in as few as three years. Students may work with their adviser to declare a dual degree, taking courses for both degrees simultaneously. 

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More Information

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see https://www.pct.edu/admissions/transfer/transferring-credits ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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View the On-Site Power Generation Required Tools

Required for all labs:

  • uniform
  • glasses, safety, clear lens/black frame
  • leather work shoes or boots

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

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