Power Plant Technology

a COT student works in the power plant lab
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Nuclear Power Generating Plants
Fossil Fuel power generating facilities
Other types of electrical power generating facilities

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

With the demand for skilled electrical workers growing and local support from electrical generating companies, the college has created an Associate of Applied Science degree which prepares students for entry level apprenticeship training to work in multiple types of electrical power generating facilities.

PLAN OF STUDY
ADVISING WORKSHEET
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Prior to starting the Process Plant core classes, students must prove their math and English skills. This can be done through approved college transfer credits, appropriate scores on the Compass placement exam or completing refresher classes.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Upon completion students will:

  • The taking, recording and interpretation of readings and adjustments, start-up and shutdown of plant equipment, daily water treatment tests, and mechanical and electrical maintenance.
  • The proper operation and testing of boilers, turbines, electric generators, switch gear, pumps and other auxiliary equipment, as well as the theory of nuclear, fossil fuel, hydroelectric and other systems of power generation.
  • Equipment troubleshooting and preventive maintenance techniques.
  • The use of industrial computer control and associated instrumentation.
  • The use of electrical maintenance procedures to assist mechanical craftsmen in the preparation and repair of power plant equipment.
  • Understanding the principles of electrical circuitry including Ohm's law, AC/DC electrical systems, magnetism and their use within the electrical power generation industry.
CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

Median Wage (MT)* $61,130
Median Wage (US)* $58,470
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010) n/a
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Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2016)
4%
Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2018)
2%
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Critical thinking, trouble shooting
  • mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Reading and communication skills
PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION


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