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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There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
All four required courses and one elective must be completed to obtain the specialized certificate. The coursework does not lead to any graduate degree program at this time.
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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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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.
Currently, this course is only offered in in-class format.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 534-9152 for more information.
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