Frequently Asked Questions

Are there math prerequisites to be met before entering this program?
Math 090 Elementary Algebra and Engl 098 or the equivalent are required to start the program.

Can students enter the program at any time?
The power related courses are sequential and the sequence starts fall quarter each academic year.

Which location are these courses available at?
The power related courses are available at Columbia Tech Center (CTC).

What are the major barriers to successful completion of the program?
Significant time must be devoted to studying the lecture and text material to master the course material. Lack of basic algebra and trigonometry skills and poor study habits will be detrimental to success in this program.

Are all courses totally classroom based?
PWR 152 involves tours of local utility facilities. Students are required to submit trip reports for each tour.
PWR 199 involves cooperative work assignments with local utilities.

Who are employers who may hire program graduates?
Bonneville Power Administration (BPA requires all non veteran apprenticeship candidates to be enrolled in a program like the PUT program).
Private power companies such as PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric.
Public Utility Districts such as Clark Public Utilities. Twenty-seven agencies such as these exist in Washington state.