On-Site Power Generation (PW)

(Effective Fall 2014)

Students develop the skills necessary to install, service, and maintain diesel and natural gas-powered generator sets in residential and commercial settings. This major emphasizes continuous-power, peaking-power, prime-power, and standby-power generating units. Advanced instruction is provided in the areas of electronically controlled diesel engines, gaseous-fueled engines, troubleshooting and repair of electric power generators, engine governors, and the electronic switching components necessary in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power. Students develop the practical skills needed to work with electrical machinery, electric and electronic machine control devices, and other electronic equipment. The students are exposed to all facets of the career field with a particular focus on problem solving and transferability of technical knowledge and skills.

Career Opportunities

Power generation technician, technical sales consultant, industrial maintenance, field service technician, sales representative, service manager.

Recommended High School Subjects

Four years of English; two years of algebra; two years of science.

Remediation Strategies

All students must remediate by the end of the first year. The order of remediation will be math, reading and English.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • practice approved safety procedures in the work environment.
  • read and interpret equipment manuals and write clear, accurate and complete service reports.
  • demonstrate the correct use of basic tools, specialty tools and testing equipment.
  • interpret schematics applicable to installation of power generation sets.
  • use appropriate test equipment to determine correct operation of the power generation systems.
  • explain the principles of electronic control systems and demonstrate the ability to detect and repair faults in electronic controls used in power generation systems.
  • interpret manufacturer specifications and determine if a power generator system has been installed correctly.
  • demonstrate the ability to supplement existing power systems with portable power generators.
  • demonstrate the proper skills in adjusting gaseous-fueled engines to specifications.
  • demonstrate the proper skills in adjusting diesel-fueled engines to specifications.


First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ELT111 Direct Current Fundamentals 5  
ELT113 Accident Prevention 2  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
Second Semester Credits
DSM119 Fuel Systems 2  
DSM154 Diesel Engine Technology 5  
DSM116 Diesel Engines Laboratory 4  
ELT122 Alternating Current Fundamentals 5  
Summer Session Credits
DSM152 Electric Power Generation Internship 2  
Third Semester Credits
DSM279 Gaseous Fueled Engines Operation, Applications, and Troubleshooting 2  
DSM289 Diesel Electronic Fuels: Systems, Operation and Diagnostics 5  
ELT234 Electrical Motor Control 4  
ELT229 Process Control Basics 3  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
Fourth Semester Credits
ELT245 Introduction to Programmable Logic Control 4  
ELT248 Electrical Systems Analysis 3  
ELT265 Power Generation System Controls 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  

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