This two-semester certificate program provides students with a core set of skills and competencies required by the energy industry. Coursework covers technical math, safety, AC and DC circuits and controls, the business side of the energy industry, operations and technology. Students are required to complete experiments with lab reports, group projects and a portfolio illustrating key learning outcomes. Students can also earn "stackable credentials" such as an OSHA-30 Construction Safety and Health certification and NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in Workplace certification.
Hands-on training is provided through an eight or nine-week off premises practicum (one day per week during the spring semester) as well as field trips where students apply theoretical classroom knowledge in a real-world environment. Traditionally, twenty students attend National Grid's Milbury, MA training facility where they learn the skills needed to be an electrical lineworker apprentice. Other students job shadow master electricians, instrumentation technicians, process control monitors and engineers at a local wastewater utility. Workplace readiness skills are emphasized including critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, time management, resume writing and other soft skills development.
This program is currently offered as a full-time, daytime program, starting in the fall semester. Some courses can be taken in the evening. Full time students can complete the certificate in as little as two semesters. All credits earned for the certificate will apply towards the two-year,Engineering Systems Technology Associate in Science degree.
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