Power Engineering Concentration (for Electrical Engineering majors)

The Power Concentration for Electrical Engineering majors reflects an increased background in the generation, transmission, distribution, and use of electric energy.  Students complete a collection of core and elective courses with emphasis in the design, control, and operation of power systems using conventional and renewable energy sources, and related technologies. This concentration prepares students for working with the power industry, electric vehicles, smart homes, and/or attending graduate school for research and development in smart grid, microgrids, renewable energy, cybersecurity, and other electric energy related technologies.

Students do need to officially declare their concentration before graduation to receive credit.  Use the “Change of Program/Plan Sub-Plan” form, and drop it off in the ECE office.  The student’s transcript will indicate the completed concentration.

The Power Concentration requirements are being changed in 2022/23. The documents below give the revised criteria for the concentration.  (Students who declare the concentration prior to these changes may adopt these new requirements, OR the requirements that were published in the catalog at the time that they declared their concentration.)

Power Concentration Requirements Handout

Students interested in Power Engineering may want to slightly rearrange the usual Electrical Engineering 4-year course sequence to better prepare for electives or industry internships. This sample curriculum gives a recommended course sequence (including elective choices) for those completing the Electrical Engineering degree with an emphasis in Power Engineering:

ELE Sample Curriculum for Power Engineering