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Energy Technology - Power Operations
Associate in Applied Science


The Power Operations AAS Degree program prepares students to compete for employment in the Power Generation Industry. Centralia College is designated as Washington State's Center of Excellence for Energy Technology and is supported by statewide energy industry and labor leaders. The Energy Technology degree offers coursework in traditional sources of power generation as well as renewable energy and energy efficiency. The program prepares students for entry level positions such as power plant assistant control operator, technician, and other high voltage apprenticeships.

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Understand and operate electrical systems.
  2. Understand the components used in the transmission of electricity.
  3. Specialize in either power generation, power transmission, metering, substation operations, plant mechanics, or boiler operations.

Recommended Course Schedule

Fall Quarter, First Year

PPO 150 Energy Efficiency 3
PPO 151 Energy Efficiency Lab 2
MATH 098 Algebra I * 5
PPO 100 Introduction to Energy Industry 5
  Total Credits 15

Winter Quarter, First Year

MATH 099 Algebra II * 5
PPO 120 Print Reading 4
PPO 102 Power Generation 5
  Total Credits 15

Spring Quarter, First Year

BTEC 214 Excel I 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society 5
PPO 103 Electric Utility Distribution System 5
PPO 130 Industrial Safety 5
  Total Credits 20

Summer Quarter, Optional Elective

PPO 191 Power Plant Job Prep 4
ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
  Total Credits 9

Fall Quarter, Second Year

H R 110 Human Relations - Workplace 5
PPO 201 Plant Systems and Equipment 5
ENGL& 102 English Composition II 5
  Total Credits 15

Winter Quarter, Second Year

ENVS& 100 Survey of Environmental Science 5
PPO 202 Plant Maintenance 5
BTEC 210 Word I 5
  Total Credits 15

Spring Quarter, Second Year

HLTH 145 Safety and Fitness (HF) 3
PPO 203 Refrigeration & HVAC 5
  Elective Credits 5
  Total Credits 13

Recommended Elective Courses:

ERA 115 DC Electronics 5
ERA 121 AC Electronics 5
CAD 112 Computer Aided Drafting 3
PHYS& 100 Physics: Non-Science Majors 5
  Computer Courses  
  Basic Welding  

Students interested in fulfilling BAS-AM program admission requirements will also need a Quantitative Skills Distribution course, Natural Science, Social Science, and five additional credits of English, Math, Natural Science or Social Science.

*Credits not included in graduation totals.


Updated 2014