New Certificate Programs in Electrical Engineering

The Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering continues to innovate its curriculum with the addition of two new professional certificate programs aimed to increase enrollment and help practicing engineers build upon their skill sets. The new certificates can be earned in Instrumentation and Control as well as Power and Energy.

Certification in Instrumentation and Control is aimed at engineers who are responsible for research, design, development and control of devices or systems that are found in manufacturing facilities and plants as well as in high-technology industries such as aerospace and automotive. These engineers are typically involved in not only with the manufacturing of aircrafts and spaceships, but in development of complex life support systems. In the automotive industry, I&C engineers are involved in the design of complex sensor and control systems. The certificate program can be completed at the undergraduate level and requires 9 credit hours to complete.

The Power and Energy certification focuses on industrial complexes and large commercial and public buildings with large support system utilities and training to operate and maintain the special equipment within. This equipment can range from a single electrical motor or transformer to a complex system of generation, transmission and distribution including turbines, energy automation systems and smart grid technologies. P&E engineers research and implement ways to integrate renewable power technology and are often involved in public works projects and employed on federal projects involving the integration of large power grids. The program can be completed at the master’s level and requires only 18 credit hours.