Power systems engineering, also called power engineering, is a subfield of electrical engineering that deals with the generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization of electric power, and the electrical apparatus connected to such systems.
Fields of power system engineering:
Electricity generation - covers the selection, design and construction of facilities that convert energy from primary forms to electric power.
Electric power transmission - requires the engineering of high voltage transmission lines and substation facilities to interface to generation and distribution systems.
Electric power distribution engineering - covers those elements of a power system from a substation to the end customer.
Power engineers deal with devices (motors, batteries, capacitors); processes and phenomena (such as power conversion, power drop and blackouts); analysis and design (such as estimation of the stability of a power network and power flow studies); and areas such as renewable energy and environmentally-friendly power systems. Power systems research is performed in the areas of analysis, reliability, monitoring, control and protection of power systems. Some of the faculty also have a strong interest in control systems, digital signal processing, and intelligent system applications. Power electronics research is performed in the areas of motor drives, power electronic converters, utility interface issues, active filters and electric and hybrid vehicles. Some of the faculty also have a strong interest in power quality and diagnostics of electrical machines.
In addition to power utilities, power companies and organizations that maintain power networks, some power engineers work for universities and research institutions that advance the state of the art in power engineering and educate the next generation of power engineers.
In spite of its long history, power engineering is a vibrant and challenging discipline. Power engineers are in charge of very large systems whose availability and reliability are critical to society's ability to function and develop. The increase in demand in power, environmental and economical constraints, and the scarcity of some sources of power (such as fossil fuels) pose significant challenges to modern power engineers. These require new processes and techniques, new devices, and integration of other disciplines (such as business and law) in the design and implementation process.
This is the era of the smart grid — a time where clean energy is front of mind for businesses, politicians, and citizens. There’s never been a better time to become a power systems engineer and the work they do can be truly transformative. Whether they focus on analysis, design, or development, power systems engineers play a critical role in how our world runs and how our future plays out.
After graduating from high school, aspiring power systems engineers will need to earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
While it’s not a requirement, many power systems engineers choose to pursue a master’s degree from an accredited institution. While undergraduate programs focus primarily on the foundations of electrical engineering, a graduate program can dive deeply into the specifics of power systems engineering.
While it’s not a requirement in every context, many power systems engineers choose to become licensed as professional engineers (PE). This enables one to lead publically-funded projects, and it also opens up pathways for advancements and job opportunities—especially on publicly funded projects—that are unavailable to those who lack the PE certification.
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