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About the Power Systems Engineering Program

Power systems engineering, is the study in engineering that deals with the generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electric power and the electrical equipment connected to such systems including generators, motors and transformers. Traditionally, power engineers are responsible for maintaining a network of components which convert different forms of energy into electricity and for managing any of the three main subsystems of power engineering: generation, transmission and distribution. Power engineers' duties also include assuring all components are functioning properly and that they meet safety regulations in addition to communication and data gathering functions.

In recent times, the use of renewable sources of energy has provided new impetus to the field with the design and development of renewable, energy efficient power grids and utility systems. Engineers must research and implement ways to integrate renewable power technology and are often involved in public works projects, and employed on federal projects that involve the integration of large power grids.

This certificate will teach the building blocks of the power system, its control and management. Designed for those with minimal experience with electric power, participants will be able to speak the language and perform substantial tasks within the electric grid and power system network. Any engineering degree, preferably BSEE, is required for entrance. Other relevant coursework will be evaluated separately at the application point.

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A BSEE or an equivalent engineering degree and experience will be required to enter this program of specialization. UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

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Science & Technology
Phone
858-534-9152
Email
unexengr@ucsd.edu

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Fundamentals of Electric PowerEE-40174

Units: 3.00

$795

Students will be introduced to the physics and mathrequired to create a mathematical model of the electric power system. These models are used to study the behavior of the power system under numerous ...

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Fall, Spring

Power System Analysis and ControlEE-40173

Units: 3.00

$845

Learn methods commonly practicedin power system analysis and control. Students will acquire the basic understanding of the theories and methodologies involved. The approach is designed to develop stud...

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Winter, Summer

Microgrid Design, Economic Optimization and SimulationCSE-41291

Units: 3.00

$795

Approximately 1.2 billion people currently lack access to electricity.Microgrids are emerging as a cost‐effective and scalable option for meeting global energy demand. Countries throughout the world a...

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Fall, Spring

Electrical Energy StorageEE-40171

Units: 3.00

$845

Methods in electrical energy storagehave continued to evolve to adapt to changing energy requirements and advances in technology. Designed for students who are interested in electrical energy storage,...

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Winter, Summer

3 units required

Distributed Renewable Energy ResourcesECE-40284

Units: 3.00

$795

Obtain a solid foundation to renewable energy resourcesincluding solar (both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power), wind power and hydro on distribution and transmission power systems. The class...

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Fall, Spring

Operating Smart Power GridsECE-40313

Units: 3.00

$795

The aim of this course is to increase the understandingof the dynamic stability phenomena in the power systems by providing practical insights into the operation of the power grid and the vital grid o...

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Fall, Spring

Planning and Operation of Smart Power Distribution SystemsECE-40314

Units: 3.00

$845

This course provides best practices of modern distribution power systems.Participants will examine the practical aspects of the technologies, design and implementation, smart grid applications and sen...

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Winter, Summer

Secure Communication Networking for Distributed Energy ResourcesEE-40179

Units: 3.00

$895

Designed to provide current and future engineersworking in the distributed energy industry with the skills necessary to design products that incorporate secure communication networking and deploy netw...

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To enroll into a class, click on the class link in the matrix and that will take you to that class page. There you can find the start date for that course, and you can click on “Add to Cart” which will lead you to complete the registration/payment process.

How long is this program?

Students who choose to take one course per quarter for 5 consecutive quarters can complete the program in 15 months. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.

Can this program be completed entirely online?

Yes, this program can be completed completly online.

If I already have the skills taught in one of the program courses, can I skip that course?

If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Please contact the program representative via email at unexengr@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-9152 for more information.

Is this certificate open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at ipinfo@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-6784.

How can I get more information about this program?

You will find a downloadable program flyer and program FAQs under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the program representative at 858-534-9152 or unexengr@ucsd.edu.

Advisory Board

Hassan Ghoudjebaklou, Ph.D., P.E.

Principal Engineer, Transmission Planning

SDG&E

Ivana Kedzic, MSE

Sr. EMS Programmer/Analyst - Grid Operations

SDG&E

Jan Kleissl

Professor - Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering

Dan Pickcel

Director of Certification

North American Board - Certified Energy Practitioners NABCEP

Thomas Tansy

Chairman

SunSpec Alliance

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.