Electrical Transmission Systems Technology

Program Description

The Electrical Transmission Systems Technology (ETST) program, offered from BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence, is designed to teach students about the electrical power system in North America. Courses within the program cover basic electricity, generation, distribution and transmission with a strong emphasis on system operations. Classes begin every three to five weeks throughout the year.

BSC’s ETST program is approved to offer North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) continuing education hours (CEH). Students may earn college credits and receive NERC CEHs at the same time.

Preparation

Prospective students should be aware that most workers in this occupation must become NERC certified, be willing to work a rotating shift, pay close attention, and have confinement to duty during the shift period. Those employed in this industry must be able to handle stress, possess excellent communication skills, have above average computer skills, and be able to handle multiple tasks. When applying for jobs, applicants may be required to pass a drug screen and eye exam, including the ability to distinguish between colors accurately.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements receive a Program Certificate. Additional course work may lead to an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Required program entrance scores:

  • ACCUPLACER Math – 41 (elementary algebra)
  • ACT Math – 16
  • COMPASS Math – 34 (pre-algebra)

Career Opportunities

Industry forecasts a strong job market for job applicants due to an aging workforce, industry changes and attrition. A graduate will find entry-level employment in areas of system operations, system dispatching and reliability coordinators.

Additional Information

Bismarck State College is recognized by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation as a continuing education provider that adheres to NERC Continuing Education Program criteria.

Credits from this program may be applied to BSC’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) in Energy Management, offered entirely online. The BAS is designed for individuals interested in supervisory and management positions in the energy industry. The BAS builds on the foundation laid in an AAS degree and includes general education classes, core management courses, and energy specific management courses.

BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence was designated as the National Power Plant Operations Technology and Education Center by U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman in 2007. This official designation recognizes BSC as the premier national center of education and training for operators and technicians in the energy industry.

Contact

701-224-5651 • 800-852-5685
bsc.energy@bismarckstate.edu
 

ENRT 106. DC Fundamentals

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course covers basic direct current theory and application. Students will study methods of producing direct current voltage, including batteries, and magnetic fields. Students will learn to calculate voltage, current, resistance, and power in series, parallel, and combination DC circuits. The construction and operation of rotating DC machines including DC generators and DC motors will also be covered.

ENRT 108. AC Fundamentals

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course covers basic alternating current theories and applies those theories to electrical systems and related equipment. Students will also study basic generator and motor design, construction and operation principles.

ETST 240. Power Industry Concepts

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course covers the basic role system operators and electrical dispatchers play in the electric power industry. In addition, students will study the history, development and evolution of the electric industry since inception. This course also explores the effects of deregulation of modern day electrical markets. This course concludes with the working environment of system operators, including some of the challenges they face, such as shift work, certification and the tremendous amount of responsibility operating in a real time market.

ETST 242. Applied Mathematics for System Operators

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course provides a review of basic mathematical concepts required for work as an electrical transmission systems operator. In addition to basic mathematics, students study basic trigonometry, vectors and phasors and the relationship these mathematical functions have to work as a system operator.

ETST 250. Electrical Generation Theories

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course covers the design and construction of large electrical generators. Students study the sources of voltage and the design and types of A.C. and D.C. generators and related auxiliary equipment. Students also study the design and operation of A.C. and D.C. motors.

ETST 254. System Elements I-Substations

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course covers the basic equipment found in switchyards and substations. Also included are the function and types of substations, related transmission and distribution systems and how each system is tied to one another.

ETST 256. System Elements II-Transformers

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course builds upon System Elements I by introducing basic diagrams, transformers, switching and basic substation safety and inspection. Topics covered in this course will include interpreting one-line diagrams, exploring power and specialty transformers, the six basic steps of switching and lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) procedures.

ETST 258. System Elements III-Protective Relaying

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
As the last of the System Elements courses, this course focuses on protective relaying of substation equipment and transmission lines. Details found in this course include practical understanding and identification of protective and control equipment, zones of protection, protection schemes, and relay communication systems.

ETST 260. Electrical Diagram Interpretation

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course covers electrical diagrams including single line diagrams, schematic diagrams and logic diagrams. This course focuses on the system operators perspective and the role diagram comprehension plays in an operators job performance.

ETST 262. Power System Operations

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course covers the basic roles and responsibilities of system operators including transmission operations, market operations, reliability, balance and interchange and scheduling. The goal of this course is to introduce the multitude of positions found in a typical transmission control center.

ETST 266. Interconnected System Operations

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course covers the operation of power pools, regional reliability organizations and independent system operators and the role of each. In addition, this course covers interconnected switching procedures between utilities.

ETST 268. Power Flow

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
In this course, students study the control of power flow through interconnected systems and the operation of parallel power systems. The topics include generator synchronization, phase angle, VAR control and line voltage regulation. Procedures for controlling electrical power flows to maintain steady state conditions across the power grid are also a focus of this course.

ETST 270. System Operator Work Practices

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
In this course students will learn the role a system operator plays in the delivery of power and the operation and maintenance of the transmission system. Students will learn what is expected of a system operator including desired personal characteristics, working environment, employer's expectations/qualifications, educational and training requirements, certification requirements, role in performing reliability functions, tasks and duties and behavior required under code of conduct and other regulatory and legislative orders.

ETST 272. Power System Safety

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course covers the safe operating practices, system isolation procedures, and accident prevention procedures used in the transmission and distribution of power. Emphasis will be placed on electrical system lock out and safety procedures.

ETST 274. Communication and Control Technology

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course covers the theory and application of various communications technologies used in the electric industry.

ETST 276. Power System Economics

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course covers economic factors governing electrical system operations. Costs of generation, transmission and distribution are explained. The organization of markets for electrical energy and how this structure affects participating companies' operational and investment decisions are discussed. The effects of congestion, transmission losses and penalty factors are studied. Load management, scheduling and pricing are a focus as well.

ETST 278. Power System Emergency Concepts

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course concentrates on the concepts involved in the emergency operations of the interconnected power system. Learners will study all of the NERC Emergency Preparedness and Operations Standards (EOP) that govern those operations. Topics include emergency planning, recognition of, and reaction to, power system emergencies and abnormal conditions, as well as system restoration and the implementation and coordination of the proper procedure to restore the electrical system to a safe operating condition.

ETST 280. Reliability Policies and Procedures

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course familiarizes and helps students understand the policies and procedures that ensure the reliability of the power system. North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, as well as other regulatory agency policies, are explained and discussed. Government agencies, reliability regions, and state reliability concerns also are defined and discussed.