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Course Number:
EPG 106
Course Title:
Instruments, Controls, and Protection
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Course Description

Covers instrumentation, control, and protection of the prime mover and generator. Encompasses the operation of circuit breakers, relays, controllers, gauges, sensors, and switch gear. Prerequisites/concurrent: EPG 105.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to: 

  • Describe basic engine and generator protection systems. 
  • Navigate various original equipment manufacturer (OEM) controls to find specific information regarding the generator's settings.
  • Test basic engine shutdown devices.
  • Read, test, and adjust gauges.
  • Interpret electrical schematics as they relate to instruments, controls, and protection devices.
  • Retrofit outdated analog controls with new digital controls.

Course Activities and Design

This is an outcome based course utilizing a lecture/lab format. This course includes videos, assignments, demonstrations, lectures, and hands on learning.  This course will be taught using industry electric power generation equipment and curriculum.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  •    Multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, short answer and essay testing
  •    Hands-on practical testing
  •    Daily lab assignments and term projects
  •    Attendance
  •    Work ethic

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

learn protection devices present for the prime mover

learn protective devices on the generator

learn about the sensors involved in fault monitoring

learn about circuit breakers

learn about properly grounding systems

learn about gauges and instruments

learn the difference between analog and digital signals

learn about different OEM control panels and how to navigate each

learn how to read values on the controllers

learn how to connect to the controller with customer dealer software

learn how to configure inputs and outputs on controllers

learn how to download status reports and ECM replacement files off of controllers

learn how to test basic shutdowns devices

learn the basic principle, styles, and application of transfer switches

learn how to retrofit an analog generator with digital controls