Energy Technologies, Certificate of Achievement

Power Plant Operator

The Certificate of Achievement, Power Plant Operator: Power plant operators control and monitor pumps, vaporizers, condensers, turbines, generators, and auxiliary equipment used in power plants. They distribute power among generators, regulate the output from several generators, and monitor instruments to maintain voltage and regulate electricity flow from the plant. Computers are used to generate reports, maintain records, and track maintenance. Power plant operators generally need a combination of higher education, on-the-job training, and experience. Power plant operators also need strong mechanical, electrical, technical, and computer skills.


Students completing the certificate will:

  • Develop a power plant system in a controlled lab environment.
  • Identify, analyze, and provide solutions for technical problems associated with the operation of a power plant.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate with and function effectively on a team.
  • Apply appropriate environmental regulations for the operation of power plants.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Composition I
Composition I for International Students
Human Relations3
Workplace Readiness
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Certificate Requirements
ELM 127Introduction to AC Controls3
ELM 129Electric Motors and Drives3
ELM 134Programmable Logic Controllers I3
ELM 233Introduction to Instrumentation3
ENRG 110Basic Electricity3
ENRG 171Well Design, Construction, and Geology1
ENRG 172Fluids, Piping, Valves and Pumps4
ENRG 173Geothermal Plants, Turbines, and Generators3
ENRG 174Environmental Regulations for Geothermal Plant Operators1
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Total Units34
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Communications/English 1 3
ENRG 110 Basic Electricity 3
Human Relations 1 3
Mathematics 1 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total13
2nd semester
ELM 127 Introduction to AC Controls 3
ELM 233 Introduction to Instrumentation 3
ENRG 171 Well Design, Construction, and Geology 1
ENRG 173 Geothermal Plants, Turbines, and Generators 3
ENRG 174 Environmental Regulations for Geothermal Plant Operators 1
 Semester Total11
3rd semester
ELM 129 Electric Motors and Drives 3
ELM 134 Programmable Logic Controllers I 3
ENRG 172 Fluids, Piping, Valves and Pumps 4
 Semester Total10
 Total Units34

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