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Electric Utility Technology

Two students smilingFond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers training for careers related to electric utility technologies. The first option developed and currently available is an Associate of Science degree in Electric Utility Technologies (EUT) that prepares students to become Relay Technicians. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is one of very few institutions in the United States to offer this program.

Completing the EUT-Relay Technician Associate of Science degree prepares students to enter into a Relay Technician apprenticeship program offered by some electric utility companies, or students may transfer to another college and work toward a four-year degree. Graduates will be well prepared for the beginning test of technical knowledge that are part of apprenticeship programs.

Electric utilities are facing a shortage of relay technicians. Many relay technicians will be retiring from area electric utilities, and typical training time needed to become a journeyman relay technician takes multiple years. Relay technicians enjoy high pay and challenging jobs. Tasks are becoming increasingly challenging as more state-of-the-art electronic technologies are used for protective relaying, while the relay technicians still need to continue servicing older equipment.

Apprentice relay technicians need computer expertise, solid technical skills in electricity and magnetism, plus a wide background of education to become valuable employees in this changing work environment. The demand for relay technicians is expected to grow. Students will receive a broad general education that will equip them to become life-long learners in this technical industry.

A separate certificate program is available in Clean Energy Technology. Additional options may be added in the future to address the needs for technically trained people in and around the electric power industry.

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Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College received a grant from the United States Department of Education to establish training programs for electric utility technicians in protective relaying, renewable energy systems, and distributed power generation systems. The latest electric systems training lab equipment is employed in learning labs. Opportunities for hands-on learning are in place.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has a distributed generation micro-turbine powered by natural gas on campus, and photo-voltaic panels to generate electrical energy. The program also has home-sized photo-voltaic and wind energy demonstration systems. Students entering the program can expect to enjoy a new and exciting educational program, use the latest in training equipment, and have opportunities for challenging careers in electric utilities and in other industries where electric power systems are used.

For Further Information
To receive more information about the Electric Utility Technology program or general Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College information, contact:

Admissions Office
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101  14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

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Associate of Science Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1001 College Writing I
ENGL 1020 College Writing IIB: Writing for Work
Natural Sciences
BIOL 1060 Environmental Science
Choose one of the following:
PHYS 1030 Meteorology
PHYS 1020 Astronomy
Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
Math 1010 College Algebra
History and the Social and Behavioral Science
POLS 1020 State and Local Government
Human Diversity
AMIN 1020 Anishinaabeg of Lake Superior
Ethical and Civic Responsibility
Student has met this goal with AMIN 1050
People and the Environment
GEOG 1030 Environmental Conservation
Physical Education
Student must complete one course
Select a minimum of three additional credits
Required Program Courses
CSCI 1001 Computer Literacy
BUS 1035 Database and Spreadsheets
EUT 1001 Introduction to Electric Utilities
EUT 1010 Introduction to Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems
EUT 1020 DC and AC Circuits and Devices
EUT 1030 Transmission, Distribution and Metering of Power
EUT 1040 Power Electronics and Communications Equipment
EUT 1050 Protective Relaying
PHYS 1001 Introduction to Physics I
PHYS 1002 Introduction to Physics II
Total Credits required: 64
Associate of Arts Degree Option
To earn an Associate of Arts degree in addition to the Associate of Science degree outlined above, the student must complete a course from each of the following goal areas:
Communication (Group C)
History and the Social and Behavior Science (Group 1)
Humanities and the Fine Arts (choose two from different disciplines)
Global Perspectives
Physical Education (two courses)

Selected Course Descriptions
EUT 1001 Introduction to Electric Utilities
Students will learn the history, terminology, concepts, business structures, governmental regulations, technologies, and future of the electric power utility industry. Activities will include Internet and library research, class discussions, and tours of electric utility sites. Students will learn how electricity affects their lives and culture. The technical skills needed by electric utilities will be discussed.

EUT 1010 Introduction to Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems
Students will become acquainted with the background issues, scientific concepts, and technologies of alternative and renewable energy systems. The different types of systems will be surveyed and compared, and their future discussed.

EUT 1020 DC Electricity for Electric Utility Technicians
This is the first half of a two-semester course sequence. Students will be introduced to Direct Current (DC) electric circuits and devices from the perspective used in the electric power industry. The topics of DC electric circuits, motors, generators, and other topics will be introduced through hands-on learning activities.

EUT 1030 Transmission, Distribution, and Metering of Power
Students will be introduced to transmission, distribution, and metering systems used in the electric power industry. Electrical equipment, theory of operations, system behavior, and other topics will be introduced through hands-on activities.

EUT 1040 Power Electronics and Communications Equipment
Students will be introduced to power electronics and communications equipment from the perspective used in the electric power industry. Equipment and topics will be introduced through hands-on lab activities.

EUT 1050 Protective Relaying
Students will be introduced to the technologies of protective relaying, and the activities encountered by relay technicians. Relay components, relay types, fault simulation, and maintenance techniques will be taught by an experienced electric utility relay professional.

PHYS 1001/1002 Introduction to Physics I and II
A non-calculus general physics course designed for pre-professional and non-science majors. Concepts in mechanics, electricity, magnetism, heat, light, sound, and modern physics will be explored through extensive laboratory activities.

Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

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