In the next 10 years, our nation’s electric system will undergo a drastic transformation. The current electric grid will be replaced by a revolutionary “smart grid” system that streamlines the way we share power and information. The changes will impact every mile of the electric system, reaching every single consumer and business. A change of this magnitude is likely to cost billions of dollars and create countless of job opportunities.
As a pioneer of training for new industries, Buffalo State College is already offering a program that can help students become experts in this new technology. Intrigued? Read on to learn more about our Electrical Engineering Technology: Smart Grid Program.
"The grid" refers to a network of electric transmission lines, substations, transformers, and more that deliver electricity from the power plant to homes and businesses. Our current electric grid was built in the 1890s and improved upon as technology advanced through each decade. Today, it consists of more than 9,200 electric-generating units, connected to more than 300,000 miles of transmission lines.
Although the electric grid is considered an engineering marvel, we are stretching its patchwork nature to its capacity. To move forward, we need a new kind of electric grid, one that is built from the bottom up to handle the groundswell of digital and computerized equipment. As an electrical engineering technology: smart grid major, you will be trained in this exciting new technology—called the smart grid—as well as the system that is currently in place.
“The smart grid is not just about engineering," said professor Ilya Grinberg. "It's also economics, education, marketing, and changing consumer behavior to help our world. It also means embedding intelligent design in home appliances and home networks and reducing consumer electric bills.”
Two years ago, the New York Power Authority nominated Buffalo State to become an affiliate university with GridEd, a collaborative educational initiative seeking to develop and train the next generation of power engineers. This affiliation qualified the college for the EPRI award.
“The NYPA recognized Buffalo State’s Smart Grid program as a strong and competitive one,” Grinberg said.
Our program combines state-of-the-art smart grid technology with a hands-on curriculum that focuses on all aspects of delivering electricity from a power plant to the consumer. Students in the Buffalo State program will become experts in:
Graduates of our program are well-prepared to become employed in a wide variety of power delivery roles, including line workers, electricians, technicians, engineers, planners, and operators. Here are just a few reasons why our Electrical Engineering Technology: Smart Grid program sits above the rest:
Buffalo State offers more than 100 clubs and extracurricular organizations that give students the opportunity to socialize, expand their interests, and gain hands-on experience that will enhance their employability upon graduation. Clubs which may be of particular interest to EET: Smart Grid students include:
Electrical engineering technology: smart grid is a stable, reliable major with high employment and many growing career options. Graduates of the smart grid option in EET have found careers in the fields of electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution; industrial, commercial and residential electrical power distribution; and power systems protection, control, and monitoring. In addition, students may find jobs in fields including:
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