Electrical Power Engineering Technician

Electrical Power Engineering Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

The “wires side” or “grid” of the power industry is a complex network of equipment and cabling that effectively delivers electrical power from generators to homes and businesses. Thankfully, power outages are rare, but they are painful reminders of our reliance on electricity—and they would happen much more frequently if not for skilled technicians.

A Closer Look

Electrical power engineering technicians maintain our precious power infrastructure. Many work initially as operators at power generating facilities. Eventual career paths typically include substation management or installing, calibrating, and testing critical control and metering equipment. Other careers include working directly on power lines, installing poles, cable, and new power systems along with reestablishing damaged control and distribution equipment during emergency outages.

Electrical power engineers today are also driving innovation, making it possible for the greater use of wind, solar, and other new generating technologies—and ensuring the need for skilled technicians into the future.

What You'll Learn

Unique in the Wisconsin Technical College System, Mid-State’s Electrical Power Engineering Technician program prepares graduates to maintain vital energy systems that harness fossil, hydro, and nuclear energy sources.

You’ll learn the principles of high-voltage energy transmission and how to analyze instrument readings. You also learn how to locate equipment, design wiring layouts, route new power lines, specify materials, troubleshoot equipment and systems, and much more. You’ll gain hands-on experience operating a bucket truck and take field trips to electrical power generation facilities, dispatch centers, substations, and motor repair facilities.


  • Meter Technician
  • Power Plant Operations Supervisor
  • Power Plant Operator
  • Substation Electrician

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Electrical Power Engineering program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Joe earned his master’s degree from UW-Madison. His work experience includes automating gas, steam, and hydraulic turbine-driven generators. To keep his skills fresh and industry connections current, he works part-time for an engineering firm reviewing arc flash study reports for industrial customers.

“Mid-State’s small class sizes allow me to more effectively communicate with students. Recognizing the student’s ‘aha’ moment is rewarding.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,152.42
  • Books: $2,630.50
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $340.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $12,122.92

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10103123 Excel-Beginning 1.00
10605105 Electrical Circuits I 3.00
10605120 Electrical Power Science 3.00
10623106 Intro to AutoCAD 1.00
10623115 Intro to Engineering 1.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 2
10605110 Electrical Circuits II 3.00
10605115 Semiconductor Technology 3.00
10605122 Electrical Power Generation 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
10804196 Trigonometry with Applications 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 3
10605117 Programmable Logic Controllers-Beginning 3.00
10605125 Electrical Power Distribution 3.00
10605127 Electrical Machines 3.00
10804195 College Algebra with Applications 3.00
10806154 General Physics 1 4.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 4
10605124 Electrical Power Transmission 3.00
10605170 Electrical Power System Protective Relaying 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
Elective 3.00
(15 Credits)
Total Credits: 62