Energy and Industrial Operations

Energy and Industrial Operations

This course provides a comprehensive overview of power plant fundamentals and the challenges and advantages of major electrical power generation unit types. A very basic understanding of the principles of thermodynamics as well as the theory and design of fossil, nuclear, hydro, solar, and wind generation systems and related equipment, along with storage technologies will be addressed. Maintenance and operational requirements and special concerns involved in each type of generation are addressed.

Energy Systems Piping and Tubing  

This course is designed for students pursuing employment in the varied occupational fields of power plant maintenance and operations. Piping systems covered in this course include chemical, pneumatic, hydraulic, fuel oil, steam, and water. Drawings and detail sheets, to include Piping and Instrumentation, Drawings (P & ID’s) specific to power plant piping and tubing will be covered. Applicable codes, classification systems, and testing of piping/tubing systems will also be addressed. Valve, and steam trap design, terminology, application, and operation will be included. Quality control and abnormal operating conditions associated with power plant piping systems are covered as well.

Thermodynamics of Energy Systems  

This course provides, in a practical approach, an introduction to the theory, principles, calculations, and practices associated with heat transfer, fluid flow, and the thermodynamics applicable to the varied types of equipment used in power plants for the production of electricity. Topics of coverage are centered around the theories and calculations involving energy equations, steam tables, and diagrams, heat transfer cycles/equations, and laws associated with pumps (in relationship to the efficient and safe operation of power plant equipment and systems). Students will perform theoretical calculations and demonstrate the safe operations of a steam generation unit while performing laboratory exercises related to the below listed competencies.

Planning Scheduling and Maintenance  

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of power plant maintenance, with an emphasis on systematic approaches to planning and scheduling. Students will gain practical exposure to the systematic methodologies associated with structuring and arranging for the performance of work in a proactive, rather than reactive manner. Roles, responsibilities, task descriptions, and performance criteria of plant maintenance and operator technicians will be addressed. Engagement of plant maintenance and plant operator technicians in teamwork will be stressed.