Smart Grid Certification

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This certificate program provides engineering professionals with a technical foundation for understanding the complex challenges associated with transforming today's power grid.  The courses provide the foundational principles along with hands-on activities that address power systems fundamentals, operations and control, cyber security, and distributed and renewables integration.  Each course leverages the InteGrid Lab (www.integridlab.com) - a unique facility in Fort Collins that houses an operational 2MW power system - where hands-on exercises and simulations provide participants experience on a real power system. 

COURSE 1 

Smart Grid I: Power System Fundamentals

This course will provide a technical foundation to the smart grid for engineering professionals.  Close emphasis will be on the demands and changes that are driving the need for a more intelligent electric power grid.  Topics covered include:  electricity and power grid basics, power grid technology, substations and transformers, Voltage/VAR control, protective devices, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), Distribution Management Systems (DMS), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and economic impacts of smart grid.  Lab activities will provide an opportunity for attendees to see Ohms & Kirchoffs displayed in a 2MW-scale lab, as well as an opportunity to run equipment that compares to similar equipment used to power the grid.

 

Course Cost: $3,195

Course Dates:  

February 11-14, 2014

Course Time:   8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location:  

Spirae
243 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO

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InteGrid Lab

EECL

430 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO


COURSE 2

Smart Grid II: Operations and Control

This course will build on the first course and continue to establish a strong technical foundation for smart grid for engineering professionals.  The components of the electric power grid and the impact of smart grid technologies will be explored in more depth.  Topics covered include:  operations and maintenance of the power grid, voltage control, power flow control, system faults and protection, demand response, foundational generator control topics, and integrating current generator technologies into smart grid systems.  Students will also develop a SCADA system in class and explore data mining.

 

Course Cost:  $2,695    

Course Dates:  

April 23-25, 2014

Course Times:  

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Location:  

Front Range Community College - Prospect Center
1501 Academy Ct., Fort Collins, CO

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InteGrid Lab

EECL

430 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO

 


COURSE 3

Smart Grid III: Cyber Security & Distributed and Renewables Integration

This course will build on the first and second courses. Participants will be introduced to smart grid cyber security issues, their importance to the reliable operation of the grid, and information security. They will explore the latest cyber security requirements from NIST, ISO, and NERC, learn how security controls are implemented, perform risk assessments of real systems, and become familiar with the tools used to evaluate and secure network systems. Other topics covered include: power system controls, and import and export of high levels of renewable generation. Using InteGrid lab equipment, participants will examine the impacts of different renewable energy sources while trid connected and in a microgrid system.

Course Cost: $2,695

Course Dates:   

June 25-27, 2014

Course Times:  

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Location:  

Front Range Community College - Prospect Center
1501 Academy Ct., Fort Collins, CO

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InteGrid Lab

EECL

430 N. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO

  


Grant Assistance

For grant assistance, we recommend that you contact your county workforce center for eligibility and availability.  For Larimer County, call 970-498-6600 or visit www.larimerworkforce.org/new-business-home/advanced-technical-training/.  For Weld County, call 970-353-3800 ext. 6783; for Boulder County, call 303-651-1510; for Adams County, call 720-523-6913.

Prerequisites

Engineering professionals, with a Bachelor's degree in engineering or comparable experience, involved in the areas of information technology, telecommunication and/or the electric power grid, will benefit the most from this series of courses.

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