Power Utilities Technology
The Power Utilities Technology program prepares the student for various entry-level positions in electric utilities, firms servicing the utilities, and industrial firms using power level electrical equipment in their operations.

Electric power system operation involves high power level generation; transmission and distribution facilities; and related monitoring, control, and protection equipment. Efficient and reliable operation of these systems requires operations and maintenance staff members who understand the characteristics of the various systems and understand how to safely operate and maintain such complex and high power level equipment.

General Preparation


Many of the courses in the program and in the utility/industrial workplace environment require basic mathematics skills (algebra and trigonometry), basic physics knowledge, and written and spoken language skills. Testing is required to determine if mathematical and English levels are adequate for admission to the program.

Refer to the Degree & Certificate Requirements Section of the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the General Education Requirements.
Power Utilities Technology (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
MATH 098
TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS I
3 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
HLTH 120
ADULT CPR AND FIRST AID **
1 cr.
MATH 099
TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS II
3 cr.
PWR 101
BASIC ELECTRICAL CONCEPTS *
7 cr.
PWR 150
CAREER EXPLORATION FOR THE POWER UTILITIES
1 cr.
PWR 151
INTRODUCTION TO THE POWER UTILITIES INDUSTRY
7 cr.
PWR 152
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
2 cr.
PWR 153
ELECTRICAL SAFETY
1 cr.
PWR 154
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS
7 cr.
PWR 155
PRINT READING FOR THE UTILITY INDUSTRY
2 cr.
PWR 156
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM TROUBLE SHOOTING
2 cr.
PWR 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE (3 credits required)
1-6 cr.
Total Required Credits: 49-50
* MATH 090, Elementary Algebra and ENGL 098, Writing Fundamentals are prerequisites for PWR 101, Basic Electrical Concepts.
** Or Current CPR/First Aid Card.

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical components of electric power systems and of operating procedures and methods of power systems as preparation for apprenticeship positions related to installation, maintenance, and operation of power system equipment.
  • Identify basic power-system components on engineering prints.
  • Relate basic engineering-print circuit diagrams to physical systems and assemble a physical system from a simplified schematic.
  • Convert circuit diagrams to physical systems and troubleshoot and operate the circuits.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Power Utilities Technology - Estimator/Engineering Technician (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
CTEC 121
INTRO TO PROGRAMMING & PROBLEM SOLVING
5 cr.
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
ENGL 135
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
MGMT 100
THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
CADD 130
BASIC MICROSTATION
4 cr.
CADD 140
BASIC AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 143
CIVIL DRAFTING 1 WITH AUTOCAD
4 cr.
CADD 230
CIVIL DRAFTING 2
3 cr.
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
CNST 108
JOB ESTIMATING AND SCHEDULING
3 cr.
HLTH 120
ADULT CPR AND FIRST AID
1 cr.
ITEL 071
BASIC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
3 cr.
ITEL 072
BASIC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
3 cr.
MATH 095
INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA
5 cr.
MATH 098
TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS I
3 cr.
MATH 099
TECHNICAL MATHEMATICS II
3 cr.
MGMT 126
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
PWR 101
BASIC ELECTRICAL CONCEPTS
7 cr.
PWR 150
CAREER EXPLORATION FOR THE POWER UTILITIES
1 cr.
PWR 151
INTRODUCTION TO THE POWER UTILITIES INDUSTRY
7 cr.
PWR 152
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
2 cr.
PWR 153
ELECTRICAL SAFETY
1 cr.
PWR 154
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM COMPONENTS
7 cr.
PWR 155
PRINT READING FOR THE UTILITY INDUSTRY
2 cr.
PWR 156
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM TROUBLE SHOOTING
2 cr.
SURV 125
INTRODUCTION TO GIS
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 97
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Determine customer needs for developing project plans, cost estimates, and prints necessary to execute customer-connection projects.
  • Develop project plans, cost estimates, and prints necessary to install equipment and add facilities to the system, such as substation additions, transmission line and/or distribution line projects.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to stay current in the field.
  • Work effectively to manage relationships with supervisors, peers, and subordinates.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.