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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

ENGL& 101 English Composition I 5
MATH 100 Technical Math I 5
PPO 100 Intro to Energy Industry 5
  Total Credits 15

Winter Quarter, First Year

MATH 110 Technical Math II 3
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing 5
PPO 120 Print Reading 4
PPO 102 Power Generation 5
  Total Credits 17

Spring Quarter, First Year

BTEC 214 Excel I 5
BTEC 210 Word I 5
PPO 103 Electric Utility Distribution System 5
PPO 130 Industrial Safety 5
  Total Credits 20

Summer Quarter, First Year

PPO 191 Power Plant Job Preparation 4

Fall Quarter, Second Year

H R 110 Human Relations - Workplace 5
PPO 201 Plant Systems and Equipment 5
  Elective Credits 8
  Total Credits 18

Winter Quarter, Second Year

ENVS& 100 Survey of Environmental Science 5
PPO 202 Plant Maintenance 5
  Elective Credits 5
  Total Credits 15

Spring Quarter, Second Year

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

Recommended Elective Courses:

BUS& 101 Introduction to Business 5
ELT 115 DC Electronics 5
ELT 121 AC Electronics 5
CET 112 Computer Aided Drafting 3
PHYS& 100 Physics: Non-Science Majors 5
PPO 150 Energy Efficiency 3
  Computer Courses  
  Basic Welding  


(Updated 2013)