Power & Infrastructure Specialist - PAI1

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • Valdosta Campus
  • Coffee Campus
  • Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Program Overview

The Power and Infrastructure Specialist certificate program is a multi-faceted program that serves several disciplines including the following industries: broadband mobile, industrial, and power distribution. The program has content that is common and/or closely related to all these industries and will cover topics including safety, AC/DC circuits and power, grounding and bonding, and other occupational electives that offer the flexibility to serve the various industries. These unique needs range from power distribution, industrial applications, networking, and regulatory issues to management and project management.

 

Entrance Requirements

*Submit a completed application and application fee;      

*Be at least 16 years of age;   
  
*Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;  
   
*Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;      

*Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

 

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (18 - 34 hours)
Circuit Analysis - Choose One of the Below Options (4 - 6 hours)
ECET
1101
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: MATH 1111 and ENGT 1000

Emphasizes the knowledge and ability to analyze basic DC circuits and introductory concepts of AC circuits. Topics include: international units, basic electrical laws, series and parallel circuits, network analysis concepts, network theorems concepts, D.C. instruments, grounding techniques, magnetism, inductance/capacitance, transient analysis, and introduction to dependent sources and 2-port parameters. Laboratory work parallels class work.
AC/DC Circuit Analysis (6 hours)
3

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course introduces alternating current theory and application of varying sine wave voltages and current, and the physical characteristics and applications of solid state devices. Topics include, but are not limited to, electrical laws and principles, magnetism, and inductance and capacitance.
3

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course introduces alternating current concepts, theory, and application of varying sine wave voltages and current, and the physical characteristics and applications of solid state devices. Topics include, but are not limited to, electrical laws and principles, magnetism, inductance and capacitance.

Grounding Option - Choose One of the Below Options (2 - 3 hours)
2

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Presents the theory and practical applications for grounding and bonding systems. Emphasis will be placed on the use of the requirements of the National Electrical Code. Topics include: branch circuit grounding, equipment grounding/bonding, service grounding/bonding, and earth connections.

Prereqs: ECET 1101

Coreqs: None

This course provides both the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge required by a field tech/engineer to successfully install and maintain a grounding and power system infrastructure at a mobile site.  Topics include codes and standards that are applicable, installation procedures, testing methods, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and repair, and reporting processes based on Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs).
Choose One of the Following Specializations (12 - 25 hours)
8ES1 - Electrical/Industrial Systems Specialization - 12 Credit Hours Required (12 - 25 hours)

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course provides a comprehensive summary of lineworker requirements. Topics include physical and mechanical abilities, electrical and workplace safety practices, communications skills, and positive work ethic responsibilities.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course will familiarize the student with the importance of working together and team building. Topics include basic tools in the problem solving process, change in the workplace, developing and maintaining a positive image, resume writing, and developing job interview skills.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course familiarizes the student with the identification, proper use, basic electrical fundamentals, and safety and maintenance of lineworker hand and power tools. Students will be prepared to operate hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course provides an introduction to the basic skills necessary for an electrical lineworker. Topics include an understanding of ratios and proportions, blueprint reading, CSL training and testing, lineman simulations, and observation based instruction.
ELTR
1220
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces operational theory, systems terminology, PLC installations, and programming procedures for programmable logic controls. Emphasis is placed on pic programming, connections, installations, and start-up procedures. Topics include: PLC hardware and software, PLC functions and terminology, introductory numbering systems, PLC installation and set up, PLC programming basics, relay logic instructions, timers and counters, connecting field devices to I/O cards, and PLC safety procedures.
ELTR
1260
3

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Provides instruction in the theory and operation of specific types of transformers. Emphasis will be placed on National Electrical Code requirements related to the use of transformers. Topics include: transformer theory, types of transformers, National Electrical Code requirements, and safety precautions.
ELTR
1510
3

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces work hazards present during the construction of manufacturing homes or construction sites. Emphasis is placed on the proper use of electrical tools and equipment and maintenance of these tolls on the work site. Topics include hazards of electricity, safe use electrical tools and equipment, and the repair of electrical cords, plugs, lights, and smirches.
5

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This class introduces techniques and method on how to install residential and commercial photovoltaic systems.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission, Instructor Approval

Coreqs: None

This course will provide students with an overview of the electric power utility industry and occupational opportunities. Topics include the introduction and orientation to the electric utility industry, history of the industry, electric utility regulation and its scope, regulatory agencies and codes, general safety, electrical systems overview, electrical power generation, electrical transmission, electrical distribution, and electric utility career opportunities

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Provides an in-depth study of the health and safety practices required for maintenance of industrial, commercial, and home electrically operated equipment. Topics include: introduction to OSHA regulations; safety tools, equipment, and procedures; and first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course introduces the fundamental concepts, principles, and devices involved in industrial motor controls, theories and applications of single and three-phase motors, wiring motor control circuits, and magnetic starters and braking. Topics include, but are not limited to, motor theory and operating principles, control devices, symbols and schematic diagrams, NEMA standards, Article 430 NEC and preventative maintenance and troubleshooting.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course introduces the operational theory, systems terminology, PLC installation, and programming procedures for Programmable Logic Controllers. Emphasis is placed on PLC programming, connections, installation, and start-up procedures. Other topics include timers and counters, relay logic instructions, and hardware and software applications.
IDSY
1130
5

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Teaches the fundamental concepts of industrial wiring with an emphasis on installation procedures. Topics include: grounding, raceways, three-phase systems, transformers (three-phase and single-phase), wire sizing, overcurrent protection, NEC requirements, industrial lighting systems, and switches, receptacles, and cord connectors.
5

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course introduces and emphasizes the basic skill necessary for mechanical maintenance personnel. Instruction is also provided in the basic physics concepts applicable to the mechanics of industrial production equipment, and the application of mechanical principles with additional emphasis on power transmission and specific mechanical components.
8E1 - Engineering /Electromechanical Specialization - 12 Credit Hours Required (15 - 16 hours)
ECET
1101
4

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: MATH 1111 and ENGT 1000

Emphasizes the knowledge and ability to analyze basic DC circuits and introductory concepts of AC circuits. Topics include: international units, basic electrical laws, series and parallel circuits, network analysis concepts, network theorems concepts, D.C. instruments, grounding techniques, magnetism, inductance/capacitance, transient analysis, and introduction to dependent sources and 2-port parameters. Laboratory work parallels class work.
4

Prereqs: ENGT 1000

Coreqs: None

Provides a foundation in Local Area Networking of computers with an introduction to Wide Area Networking. Emphasis is on Peer-to-Peer Networking.
4

Prereqs: ECET 1101, MATH 1111

Coreqs: None

Continues study of AC circuit analysis, which emphasizes complex networks. Topics include: analysis of complex networks, networks with multiple sources, AC network theorems, resonance, transformers, three-phase systems, filters and bode plots, non-sinusoidal waveforms, and pulse response of RLC circuits. Laboratory work parallels class work.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Provides a study of engineering technology as a career field and describes the knowledge and skills required for academic and occupational success. Topics include: engineering technology career, measurement and standards, mathematical operators, engineering tools, and engineering concepts. Labs reinforce mathematical, mechanical and electrical concepts through practical exercises, such as measurement and calculation of density of objects, relative humidity, use of digital multi-meter, building circuits, use of precision instruments, and team exercises.

Prereqs: ECET 2101

Coreqs: None

This course introduces electromechanical devices which are essential control elements in electrical systems. Topics include: fundamentals of electromechanical devices, control elements in electrical circuits, typical devices such as generators and alternators, D.C. and A.C. motors and controls, and transformers. Quantitative analysis of power losses, power factors, and efficiencies in D.C., single-phase and three-phase dynamos are stressed. Laboratory work parallels class work.

Prereqs: ICET 2010

Coreqs: None

This course introduces control system components and theory as they relate to controlling industrial processes. Course covers identification, interpretation and design of loop and piping & instrumentation (P&ID) drawings. Mechanical, fluidic, temperature, and miscellaneous sensors are studied with emphasis on measuring techniques. Topics include: open and closed loop control theory, feedback, transducers, signal conditioning, P&IDs and control hardware and actuators. Laboratory work heavily emphasizes practical exercises and applications.
8M21 - Management Specialization - 12 Credit Hours Required (12 hours)

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Develops skills and behaviors necessary for successful supervision of people and their job responsibilities. Emphasis will be placed on real life concepts, personal skill development, applied knowledge and managing human resources. Course content is intended to help managers and supervisors deal with a dramatically changing workplace being affected by technology changes, a more competitive and global market place, corporate restructuring and the changing nature of work and the workforce. Topics include: Understanding the Managers Job and Work Environment; Building an Effective Organizational Culture; Leading, Directing, and the Application of Authority; Planning, Decision-Making, and Problem-Solving; Human Resource Management, Administrative Management, Organizing, and Controlling.
MGMT
1115
3

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

This course familiarizes the student with the principles and techniques of sound leadership practices. Topics include: Characteristics of Effective Leadership Styles, History of Leadership, Leadership Models, The Relationship of Power and Leadership, Team Leadership, The Role of Leadership in Effecting Change.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Develops an understanding of how fostering employer/employee relationships in the work setting improves work performance. Develops legal counseling and disciplinary techniques to use in various workplace situations. . Topics include: the definitions of coaching, counseling, and discipline; importance of the coaching relationship; implementation of an effective counseling strategy; techniques of effective discipline; and performance evaluation techniques.
MGMT
2210
3

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Provides a basic understanding of project management functions and processes. Topics include: team selection and management; project planning, definition and scheduling of tasks; resource negotiation, allocation, and leveling; project control, monitoring, and reporting; computer tools for project planning and scheduling; managing complex relationships between project team and other organizations; critical path methodology; and total quality management.
8T11 - Telecommunication Specialization - 12 Credit Hours Required (12 - 16 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of basic security system applications and theory. Students will be able to identify system components and their uses and apply that knowledge to system design. The course utilizes hands-on training in system installation, programming, testing and troubleshooting to assess the preparedness of the student in the security system installation and service industry.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

The course is designed to give students a working knowledge of basic fire alarm system applications and theory. Students will be able to identify classes of alarms and the system components. The course utilizes hands-on training in component identification and installation including, but not limited to fire panels, pull stations, smoke detectors, heat detectors, signaling horns and strobes. Students will also gain knowledge of system programming, testing, troubleshooting, and repair through classroom and hands-on exercises.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to procedures for troubleshooting telephone equipment and lines. Students learn proper testing techniques to use in troubleshooting and to repair various types of telephone equipment. Topics include: troubleshooting procedures, troubleshooting and repair of self-contained key systems, and troubleshooting and repair of communication systems

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces students to procedures for troubleshooting telephone equipment and lines. Students learn proper testing techniques to use in troubleshooting and to repair various types of telephone equipment. Topics include: troubleshooting procedures, troubleshooting and repair of self-contained key systems, and troubleshooting and repair of communication systems

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the fundamentals of fiber optics and explores the applications of fiber optics transmission systems. Laboratory exercises give students hands-on experience with fiber optic devices. Topics include: introduction to optical fiber principles, types of optical fiber, characteristics of optical fiber, factors contributing to fiber losses, fiber optic systems, installation and maintenance of fiber optic systems, fusion/quick connect splicing, and terminations.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course is designed for the entry-level telecommunications technicians who need to understand the industry and be proficient in the basic practices used in a structured cabling and installation environment. Topics include identification of industry structure, standards, codes and methodologies; media characteristics; preparation for installation, connectors, grounding and bonding, testing, pulling and termination of cable; cable splicing; fire stopping; administration; professionalism; selection and maintenance of tools; delivery and inventory of equipment; and interpretation of symbols and specifications.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

This course introduces the fundamentals of voice over IP (VoIP) telephony and technology, the infrastructure benefits and applications. Topics include Public Switch Telephone Network (PSTN), telephony signaling and services, basics of Internet Protocol (IP), H.323, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), gateway protocols, and Quality of Service (QoS).

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: TELE 2020

This course is designed to give students an overview of the different types of communication platforms used primarily in inter-connects as well as the business systems component of service providers. Emphasis is placed on system features, installation, programming, and troubleshooting.
8WS1 - Wireless Specialization - 12 Credit Hours Required (12 - 13 hours)

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course provides students with classroom and laboratory experience in current and emerging network technology. Topics include basics of communication, converged networks, OSI and TCP/IP network models, Application layer protocols, services, and applications, Transport layer protocols and services, Network layer addressing and routing concepts, IPv4 and IPv6, calculating IPv4 subnets, Data Link layer and the encapsulation process, Physical layer components and data encoding, Ethernet and network protocol analysis, network cabling, and basic network configuration.

Prereqs: ECET 1101

Coreqs: None

This course provides both the theoretical and practical skills and knowledge required by a field tech/engineer to successfully install and maintain a grounding and power system infrastructure at a mobile site.  Topics include codes and standards that are applicable, installation procedures, testing methods, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and repair, and reporting processes based on Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs).

Prereqs: ECET 1101

Coreqs: ECET 2101

This course is designed to provide the student with the theoretical and hands-on knowledge and skills needed to install and maintain the cabling infrastructure in a mobile-site environment.  Topics include safety cabling practices, copper and fiber terminations, tests, and repairs.

Prereqs: ECET 1101, ECET 2101

Coreqs: WLET 1120

This course provides the student the foundational knowledge needed to understand electromagnetic wave propagation and the skills needed to safely choose and install the proper antenna based on the application.  Topics will include electromagnetic frequencies, signal propagation, RF safety, radiation patterns, codes and standards related to antennas, installation practices, and troubleshooting.

Prereqs: ECET 1101, ECET 2101, WLET 1120

Coreqs: ECET 2120

The course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the theory and technologies generally found in mobile communications.  Topics include the electro-magnetic spectrum and transmission theory on copper, fiber, and air interfaces using electrical, light, and RF signals.  Backhaul technologies are also discussed to give the student an understanding of how the mobile network is intertwined with switching offices and other nodes.

Prereqs: WLET 1120, WLET 2110

Coreqs: CIST 2451

This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of a complete mobile site including the radio equipment, ancillary equipment and other equipment and interfaces needed to commission a site and maintain a site.  Topics include both theory and hands-on based exercises that allow a student to perform the duties of field technician/engineer.

 

Advisors

Thomas Moody
Industrial Systems Technology Program Coordinator
Office: Ben Hill Hall, Room 408
Phone: (229) 468-2000 ext. 2056
Email:
Campus: Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Michael Seabolt
Department Chair for Technical Education/Industrial and Electrical Systems Program Coordinator
Office: 139/140
Phone: (229) 468-2211
Email:
Campus: Coffee Campus

Drew Vickers
Department Chair for Technical Education/Industrial and Electrical Systems Program Coordinator
Office: 428
Phone: (229) 259-5193 ext. 3032
Email:
Campus: Valdosta Campus