Smart Grid Technology
The College of Technology has developed a new set of courses in Smart Grid Technology that will teach students how to build, maintain and operate the next generation of energy management. These courses will be taught within the engineering technology program beginning in fall 2011.
What is Smart Grid Technology?
Learn how to build, maintain and operate the next generation of energy management. Courses begin Fall 2011.
Simply said, a smart grid delivers electricity with increased efficiencies to homes, businesses and industries. The overarching goal is to save energy, increase reliability and transparency, and reduce overall costs by more effectively managing and controlling appliances and systems. Ultimately, the improved communication and enhanced control provided by smart grid offers win-win solutions for both the utility and the consumer.
The creation of the smart grid is made possible by a convergence of power generation technology, delivery technology and information technology. Utilities are in the midst of creating a vast, interconnected, automated and interactive network focused on reducing energy costs and increasing reliability. Elements of this transformation will impact the customer, utility companies, manufacturers and service providers.
New jobs, exciting possibilities
The radical transformation of utility delivery requires specially trained employees, some in entirely new occupations. The utility industry needs workers for installation, operation and maintenance of current technology and development of new technology. As the system becomes more integrated, it will also drive demand for employees knowledgeable in information technology, communications technology, cybersecurity and systems integration.