Supplementary to power engineers, online education - VELKRAFT

Short description

Surveys undertaken by NITO (www.nito.no NAV) (www.nav.no) and Statistics Norway (www.ssb.no) shows a great need for electrical engineers in the coming years. Electric Power Engineers is one of the categories it is particularly strong demand for the moment.

For our modern society to function, we are very dependent on electricity. Norway imports and exports huge amounts of electricity (source: www.statnett.no). We produce large amounts of electricity from regulated rivers and waterfalls. For this to work we need electricity engineers. Another factor that will contribute to increased demand for power engineers, is that a large percentage of today's engineers will retire in the coming years.
The emphasis in the study goes on to provide knowledge and skills related to infrastructure for production, transport and distribution of electrical energy. The program is a collaboration with Østfold University College (HiØ) and Karlstad University (KAU). Job opportunities in local, national and international companies.

This program is for candidates who have engineering in electro or equivalent and who wish to specialize in electrical power or need to refresh their knowledge in this field. This is to be able to take one of the many jobs that are currently advertised within the electricity area.
Graduation qualify to apply for further studies (master), for example NTNU or equivalent educational institutions at home and abroad. Graduation also qualifies for admission to the Master in Sustainable Manufacturing at NTNU at Gjøvik.

Duration

Prescribed study is 1.5 years with annual commencement in January.
The program is a part-time course involves a progression of 75% compared to a full-time student.
The program provides a total of 60 credits, leading to the degree "Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical - Electrical Power".

Expected learning outcomes

After completing education, students will have gained solid basis in electricity. This provides a good basis to develop and acquire additional knowledge and skills in a working career. Education should make students qualified to work in a variety of different companies both nationally and internationally. Graduation gives the skills to work in areas including:

  • Electrical Industry - development, testing, sales, monitoring, ...
  • Counseling Businesses - planning, development, commissioning, ...
  • Government agencies - operation, monitoring of projects, construction of solutions, ...

The learning outcomes for education in electricity at NTNU at Gjøvik:

Knowledge

  • The candidate has knowledge of fault analysis, load flow analysis and methods of voltage control.
  • The candidate has knowledge of components in power systems and overvoltage, overload and fault current protection in electrical installations and high-voltage networks.
  • The candidate has knowledge of components in power electronics and the usage of rectifiers and inverters in power systems. 

Skills

  • The candidate can apply knowledge and relevant results from research and development to solve theoretical, technical and practical problems in the electrical field and justify their choice.
  • The candidate has engineering professional digital skills, can work in relevant laboratories and mastered methods of measurement, troubleshooting methodology, use of relevant instruments and software, as a basis for targeted and innovative work.
  • The candidate can identify, plan and implement the technical engineering projects, tasks, tests and experiments both independently and in teams.
  • The candidate may find, evaluate, use and refer to information and technical material and present it so that it highlights a problem.
  • The candidate can contribute new ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship through participation in development, quality assurance and implementation of sustainable and socially useful products, systems and solutions.

General competence

  • The candidate can communicate electro professional knowledge to diverse audiences both in writing and orally in Norwegian and English and can help to make visible electromagnetic technology significance and consequences. 
  • The candidate can reflect on their professional practice, also in teams and in an interdisciplinary context and can adapt their professional practice to the actual work situation.
  • The candidate may contribute to the development of good practice by participating in professional discussions in the field and share their knowledge and experiences with others.

Internationalization

The study is conducted in collaboration with Østfold University College (HiØ) and Karlstad University (KAU).

Target Group

The study address applicants who already have a engineering Electro or equivalent, and who wants a specialization in electrical power or need refreshment in the field.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the program requires that the applicant has a three-year engineering in Electrical or equivalent.

Course Structure

Through a varied academic offerings with high level we educate independent, responsible and adaptable engineers. We use our modern electronic laboratories to practical oriented tasks and skills training with emphasis on creative problem solving so that students get to experience that theory and practice are intertwined. The laboratories and equipment is available to students also outside the timetable fixed hours. It is emphasized that students should have a good study environment at the laboratories.
Extensive use of computer and special software recurs in many of the electrical trades. The laboratories are designed to use laptop through wireless networks. The subject material is accessible via its own topic pages on learning platforms Fronter or Moodle.
Teachers by electrostatic has high professional skills through several years of teaching, 10-15 years of industrial / business experience, publications in international journals and more actively conduct research in his field.

Continuing in electricity lays emphasis on providing knowledge and skills related to infrastructure for production, transport and distribution of electrical energy.

The program is a collaboration with Østfold University College (HiØ) and Karlstad University (KAU). Students receive teaching in some courses via videoconference here at NTNU at Gjøvik from these partners. Other contact with the teacher from partners are online, but you must expect expenses for travel and stay in connection with the execution of certain laboratory exercises.
The final thesis is generally performed in cooperation with a company. We have very good contacts with companies through the network Electronics Inlandet (www.EL-IN.no) and our Energylaug. The networks also provide students with opportunities to travel on company visits and get expert guest lecturers within the specialist subject.

Structure and content
The table below shows the individual subjects included in the study program where the first two semesters are electricity specialization and the third and final semester is a bachelor thesis.
Teaching methods
The educational program is varied and uses different methods:

  • Independent projects with a written or oral presentation
  • Lectures (Introduction, resource, fasting, curriculum)
  • Networked learning platforms
  • Exercises
  • Laboratory work
  • Visits to companies
  • Guest lectures

In the study, the emphasis is on using relevant data tools and other instruments where a achieves skills it is expected that an electrical engineer should have.

Online education

Online education means that the student will primarily have contact with the school through online programs. For lectures, this means either made in advance, recorded or live-streaming. Tutoring can take place via the forum on the learning platform or individually via appropriate communication tools.

Students must also count on attending mandatory meetings at Gurgaon (and Karlstad and Østfold) for certain topics to undertake various laboratory work and field exercises. The scope will vary with academic study and time in studies. Expenses for travel and stay in connection with the execution of laboratory exercises must be expected.

The program is thus organized so that students are able to complete this regardless of geographic affiliation. This means a student role that differs substantially from the ordinary full-time student, where lectures and guidance happens in physical close interaction between teacher and student. An online student will experience far greater claim to take responsibility for their own progress and initiatives to clarify academic and administrative matters. For some of the topics may be appropriate with a startup collection over 1-2 days. This will be determined and disclosed in advance of each semester.

Technical Prerequisites

An online study assumes that the student has the necessary equipment and software to work and communicate using the internet. For this study, the following minimum requirements:
Hardware:

  • Access to laptop with opportunities for audio playback and Web camera.
  • Mains connection with good bandwidth.
  • It is recommended to have a PC that uses Windows operating system to avoid problems during installation and use of software programs.

Software:

  • Various playback applications downloaded free from the Internet (for example, Flash, Acrobat Reader, etc.).
  • Various scientific programs that could entail costs, see details in the course descriptions.

Table of subjects

Supplementary to power engineers 2016/2017 1,5 years

Coursecode Course name C/E *) ECTS each. semester
  S1(A) S2(S) S3(A)
ELGB31 Introduction to Three-Phase Systems, Electrical Machines and Transformers C 10    
ELE3381 Control Systems with PLS and Robot Programming C 10    
ELE3341 Electrical power systems and high voltage engineering C   10  
IRE35013 Power Electronics and Relay Protection C   10  
TØL3905 Engineering Bachelor Project C     20
Sum: 20 20 20
*) C - Compulsory course, E - Elective course

Candidates with admission in automation or similar must replace the subject Control Systems with PLS and Robot Programming with another subject in order to avoid overlapping.