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.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List for this major.

Remediation Strategies

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

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ELT111Direct Current Fundamentals 5 
ELT113Accident Prevention 2 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
DSM119Fuel Systems 2 
DSM154Diesel Engine Technology 5 
DSM116Diesel Engines Laboratory 4 
ELT122Alternating Current Fundamentals 5 
Summer SessionCredits
DSM152Electric Power Generation Internship 2 
Third SemesterCredits
DSM279Gaseous Fueled Engines Operation, Applications, and Troubleshooting 2 
DSM289Diesel Electronic Fuels: Systems, Operation and Diagnostics 5 
ELT234Electrical Motor Control 4 
ELT229Process Control Basics 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
Fourth SemesterCredits
ELT245Introduction to Programmable Logic Control 4 
ELT248Electrical Systems Analysis 3 
ELT265Power Generation System Controls 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3