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Catalog 2017-2018 
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electric Power Technician, AAS

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No. of Credits: 60-61
Contact: B. Brezina, Interim Chair, Business and Technology Division

This program is offered through a partnership between the College of Southern Maryland, which provides the general education courses, and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), which provides the technical courses. Individuals must be employed by SMECO to participate in the technical courses. Successful students will be prepared for electrical power technician careers ranging from apprentice to journeyperson.

Graduates will be prepared to repair, maintain, install, and service a power distribution system to residential homes and commercial businesses. Technical courses adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. In addition to the technical courses offered at SMECO, students complete general education requirements designed to develop skills in writing, computing, managing personnel, and communicating.

Students who choose this curriculum should recognize that the specialized courses may not transfer to most four-year colleges. Credits for the technical courses will be transferred into the college based upon the recommendations of the American Council of Education as published in the current edition of the National Guide to Education Credit for Training Programs.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.

Career Opportunities:

electric power technician and electric utility technician

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will

  1. Demonstrate ability to repair, maintain, install, and service electrical power distribution systems to residential homes and commercial businesses.
  2. Become employable as a journey-level lineman upon graduation with promotion potential to chief lineman, general foreman, instructor or safety director.
  3. Perform quality assurance audits resulting in cost reduction while operating in a safe and orderly manner.
  4. Provide information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, email or in person.
  5. Perform day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and scheduling jobs, activities, and work for others using computer systems.
  6. Determine how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations and the environment will affect outcomes using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  7. Plan, design, and present projects that include tasks performed within all areas of the electrical environment.
  8. Explain the importance of teaming and how it benefits a project.
  9. Generate or adapt equipment and technology to serve users’ needs.
  10. Determine causes of operating errors and initiate decide what to do about it.
  11. Apply the concepts of the dispute resolution ladder, and various dispute avoidance and resolution techniques.

Required Courses:

Required courses offered at the College of Southern Maryland:

Biological/physical sciences (4 credits)

Acceptable (lecture and matching lab):

Electives (2-3 credits)


Mathematics (3 credits)


Required courses offered at Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative:

  • EPT-1110 (2) Industrial Safety
  • EPT-1120 (2) Rural Electrification History Trends
  • EPT-1130 (2) Electrical Construction I
  • EPT-1140 (2) Advanced Safety Practices
  • EPT-1150 (2) BAsic Electricity
  • EPT-1160 (2) Electrical Construction II
  • EPT-1170 (2) Instrumentation for Electric Power
  • EPT-1180 (2) AC Circuitry
  • EPT-1190 (2) High Voltage Electric Theory
  • EPT-1200 (3) High Voltage Power Troubleshooting
  • EPT-2000 (4) High Voltage Distribution (lecture and lab)
  • EPT-2010 (3) High Voltage Distribution Technology
  • EPT-2020 (2) Advanced Industrial Safety


* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite

**** Pending MHEC approval

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