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Certificate developed with assistance of several local companies: GenOn, EnerSys, Exelon, PPL, First Energy, and Bechtel Power.

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Energy Systems Certificate

This certificate provides students with detailed knowledge in the fields of power generation and distribution. Students will benefit from the hands-on approach to the fundamentals of engineering and technology, as well as the solid background in electricity and electronics. They can complete the certificate requirements as non-degree students or while enrolled as students in the associate degree in electrical engineering technology.

Specific Topics of Study Include:

  • an introduction to electrical power systems, including solar and other forms of alternative energy generation, with an emphasis on applications in our society
  • energy circuits, including direct and alternating current circuit design analysis
  • electrical machinery and energy converters, including operating principles, characteristics, and analysis of machines, transformers, and power systems
  • programmable logic controllers, with an emphasis on the principles of industrial control, programming, interfacing, input/output devices, and applications
  • cyber security and computer networks
  • microcontrollers with smartgrid applications

Required Courses:

  • EET 105 (3 credits) Electrical Systems
  • EET 114 (4 credits) Electrical Circuits II
  • EET 118 (1 credit)  Electrical Circuits Laboratory
  • EET 214 (3 credits) Electric Machines and Energy Conversion
  • EET 215 (1 credit)  Electric Machines and Energy Conversion Laboratory
  • EET 275 (3 credits) Introduction to Programmable Logic Controls
  • CMPET 211 (3 credits) Embedded Processors and DSP
  • SRA 221 (3 credits) Overview of Information Security

View Course Descriptions (PDF)

Download Certificate Flyer (PDF)

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for skilled technicians are predicted to grow in the energy industry as demand for power increases. Technicians will also be in demand in the transmission and distribution segments of the industry. In addition, as demand for alternative energy increases, the need for batteries to store energy will increase. Berks County is home to the corporate headquarters of two of the largest industrial battery manufacturers in the country.

Our Office of Career Services maintains a strong relationship with local and regional employers, offering internship opportunities and career placement assistance.

Application Process and More Information:

  • Students with relevant experience and a strong math aptitude can enroll in courses that are part of the Energy Systems Certificate as non-degree students. Qualified non-degree students will need to complete 21 credits of course work to complete the requirements for the certificate.

  • To apply as a nondegree student or to find out more about this certificate, contact Dale Litwhiler, Ph.D., 610-396-6128, dhl10@psu.edu or Walt Fullam, 610-396-6223, wff1@psu.edu.

  • If you wish to pursue a degree option, you can apply separately for admission prior to or concurrent with enrollment in the certificate program. For information on admissions, visit www.bk.psu.edu/admissions or call 610-396-6060.

Penn State Berks
Continuing Education
P.O. Box 7009
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610






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