Courses are offered online through Bismarck State College, Bismarck, South Dakota. For more information, please contact Pathway Advisor Dr. Mark Busa at (860) 343-5779 or

ELPW 105, Electrical System Fundamentals (3 credits)
This course will begin with a look at several types of power generation stations such as large fossil fired power plants, hydroelectric power plants, gas turbine and combined cycle generation stations, and finally a brief look at wind generation.  After the introduction to power generation, students will study how the power is delivered from the power station to the consumer.  This course will cover transmission lines and related components within a typical transmission system such as step-up and step-down transformers, circuit breakers, disconnects, and protective relaying.

ELPW 109, Electrical Industrial Safety (3 credits)
This course covers the general safety practices and information employees need while working in any segment of the electrical industry, and the Federal Agencies responsible for ensuring a safe working environment.  Students will also gain an understanding of the Workers Right to Know regulations and awareness of Public Safety issues.

ELPW 110, Basic Print Reading (3 credits)
This course gives students an introduction to the different schematics used in power plant operations and electrical transmission and distribution systems.  Students will gain an understanding of the standard symbols used in the various systems schematics and how to read them.  Students learn how to read basic piping and instrumentation diagrams, and how to interpret single line electrical diagrams.  Students finish the course by studying electrical system diagrams beginning at the generator and following through to the distribution system.

ELPW 111, Introduction to the Electrical Industry and Power Grid (3 credits)
This course will begin with a basic introduction to the systems and components that make up a basic electrical system including generation, transmission, and distribution.  You will then study the history behind electrical utility industry.  Students will study how the electrical system in the Unite States was established, and how Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse influenced the development of electrical systems.  You will also learn how the electrical industry was first regulated, and how regulation of the industry has changed.  Students will also gain knowledge of how the electrical industry is currently being “re-regulated” to encourage competition.  Students will also gain knowledge of the system operations and marketing of electricity.  Finally, you will learn how the electrical industry is segmented into utility sectors such as investor owned, Federally owned, publicly owned, and cooperatively owned utilities.

ELPW 112, Electrical System Components(3 credits)
This course provides an in-depth look into the components used in the transmission of electricity.  It begins with a study of switchyards and substations, and covers the differences in overhead as well as underground transmission and distribution circuits.  This course describes the operation of transformers, circuit breakers, regulators, capacitor banks, and tap changers, disconnects, current and potential transformers, and lighting arrestors.  The course includes study of the various types of electrical conductors, structures and insulators used in the transmission of electricity.  Components that make up a typical substation and how it feeds a distribution network that supplies customers with electricity are described.  Regulations in the industry as well as some of the newer methods of providing electricity to consumers are also explored.

ELPW 206, Electrical System Protections (3 credits)
This course covers protection fundamentals, philosophies and principles used to protect the electrical system, beginning with the generator itself.  Various types of relays, input sources, and system grounding are also covered.

ENRT 106, DC Fundamentals (2 Credits)
This online course will study basic direct current theories and apply those theories to the electrical transmission system.  Students will study methods of producing a voltage such as batteries, magnetic fields, basic series and parallel circuits.  Students will also study basic DC circuit calculations.

ENTR 108, AC Fundamentals (3 credits)
This online course will cover basic alternating current theories and apply those theories to electrical transmission and distribution systems and related equipment.  This course will also cover basic generator and motor design, construction, and operating principles.  (Recommended Prerequisite: ENRT 106)