Electrical Power Engineering Technology Major

The goal of the Electrical Power Engineering Technology program is to provide students with a high quality applications-oriented undergraduate education based on state-of-the-art technological equipment associated with electrical power engineering technology. This goal is achieved through several objectives including continued updating of specific courses in the program to ensure relevance to the latest industrial changes, supporting the development of appropriate computer facilities, promoting the integration of advanced technology in all courses, and encouraging professional growth and development of the faculty.

The program is designed to satisfy the educational needs of the Houston community by providing a climate that fosters intellectual and personal growth, and a desire for life-long learning.

Students completing a major in Electrical Power Engineering Technology receive a strong foundation in electrical power systems, analog and digital signal conditioning, microprocessor hardware and software, industrial electronics, electrical transmission and distribution and rotating machinery operation, application and control.

Students have the opportunity to select additional coursework in control systems, alternative energy sources, and other electrical power related topics.

One of the newest and fastest growing areas is in the application of computers for electrical power system control; and power grid management.

The manufacturers of electrical systems and equipment need electrical power technologists who are familiar with both traditional and computer-controlled machines and electrical systems.

The electrical industry provides and controls the transformers, motors, generators, switch gear, and protection equipment required to power homes, businesses, and industries. Electrical power technologists plan electrical systems, modifications to existing electrical systems, and system protection for large electrical distribution and transmission networks to insure that they are dependable, economical and safe.

Graduates of the Electrical Power Engineering Technology major understand, design, analyze, and work effectively in industrial settings utilizing product/process control systems and electrical power systems. Graduates are working in petrochemical companies, electrical utilities, electrical equipment, manufacturing, sales, testing, and a host of other electrical power related industries.

Majors in Electrical Power Engineering Technology may use no grade below C- in junior and senior level ELET courses to satisfy major degree requirements.

Students pursuing a major in Electrical Power Engineering Technology must complete the following requirements, in addition to university core and general college requirements:

Electrical Power Engineering Technology Major Requirements

ELET 1400. Circuit Theory and Lab I
ELET 1401. Circuit Theory and Lab II
ELET 2301, 2101. Poly-Phase Circuits and Transformers, Laboratory
ELET 2303, 2103. Digital Systems, Laboratory
ELET 2305, 2105. Semiconductor Devices and Circuits, Laboratory
ELET 3301. Linear Systems Analysis
ELET 3405. Microprocessor Architecture
ELET 3307, 3107. Electrical Machines, Laboratory
ELET 3312, 3112. Programmable Logic Controllers and Motor Control Systems , Laboratory
ELET 4303. Computer-Based Power Distribution and Transmission
ELET 4305. Electrical Power System Design and Project Management Principles
ELET 4317. Computer-Based Electrical System Protection and Safety
ELET 4319. Electrical Power Systems and Industry Practices
ELET 4326/4126. Power Converter Circuits, Laboratory

Major GPA is calculated based on courses listed in major requirement and approved electives.

Approved Electives

(6 semester hours)

ELET 4304. Control Systems
ELET 4310. Alternative Electrical Energy Sources and Power Quality issues
ELET 4311. Computer-Based Communications and Security Issues for Electrical Power Systems
ELET 4320. Nuclear Fueled Electrical Power Plants
Approved ELET elective (3 advanced semester hours)

Program Requirements

Mathematics (14 semester hours which includes university core)
Students are required to have credit for MATH 1310, College Algebra, by Math Placement Exam, CLEP, or completion of course.
MATH 1330. Precalculus
MATH 1431. Calculus I
MATH 1432. Calculus II
Natural Sciences (8 semester hours which includes university core)
PHYS 1301, 1101. Introductory General Physics I, Laboratory
PHYS 1302, 1102. Introductory General Physics II, Laboratory
Social Sciences (3 semester hours)
Selected from core approved list.
Writing in the Discipline (3 semester hours)
TELS 3363. Technical Communications
General Technology Requirements
ELET 2300. Introduction to C++ Language Programming
TELS 3340. Organizational Leadership and Supervision
HDCS 3300. Organizational Decisions in Technology
MECT 1364. Materials and Processes I
CIS 2334. Information Systems Applications
Free electives (3 semester credit hours)


Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science
Major: Electrical Power Engineering Technology

Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
This Page Last Updated: June 27, 2012