Electrical Power Engineering TechnicianAssociate in Applied Science (AAS)
The “wires side” or “grid” of the power industry is a complex network of equipment and cabling that magically 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
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.”