Utilities Technology

Overview

The utilities industry is one of the most technologically intensive segments of today’s economy. The utility worker who is well rounded with knowledge of different types of utilities and skills will find success in many areas. Mitchell Tech is addressing this industry need by combining the curricula of existing programs to offer an AAS degree in Utilities Technology.  

COMBINATION DEGREE

Students who complete a combination of any two programs:

  • Power Line Construction and Maintenance
  • Natural Gas Technology
  • Heating & Cooling Technology
  • Geospatial Technologies

will be awarded an AAS degree.  Graduates of this program will find many employment opportunities with utility providers.

Students are expected to conform to Mitchell Tech’s Drug Testing Policy while enrolled in the Commercial Driving course.  See the Student Handbook for details. Any student who enrolls in Commercial Driver training must obtain a South Dakota driver’s license in order to complete the CDL training course. A Class A CDL is a graduation requirement for this program.  See the Course Description for TRAN 100 for a full explanation.

Please Note:  Students planning to obtain an AAS degree in Utilities Technology MUST complete the CDL requirement during their first year of enrollment.

Occupational Outlook Information

  • High demand, high skill, high wage occupation
  • Nearly half of the utilities workforce will be nearing retirement age within the next 10 years, resulting in excellent  opportunities for qualified entrants
  • Persons with advanced technical education will have the best employment opportunities

Curriculum

Award: AAS Degree

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Semesters
Curriculum

PL Curriculum

First Semester

PAT100Intro to GPS Technologies1 credit
PL111Fundamentals of DC/AC3 credits
PL141Power Grid Design3 credits
PL150Field Training I4 credits
PL151Construction of Underground Lines4 credits
PL171Utility Safety I1 credit

Second Semester

PL120Transformers Connections3 credits
PL143Power Grid Design II3 credits
PL154Maintenance of Underground Lines4 credits
PL156Field Training II4 credits
PL172Utility Safety II1 credit

Geospatial Technologies Curriculum

First Semester

MAP101Introduction to GIS4 credits
MAP102Principles of GPS2 credits
MAP105UAS Operation2 credits
MAP110CAD I2 credits
SD100Introduction to Programming2 credits

Second Semester

MAP120CAD II2 credits
MAP121Cloud-based GPS GIS Applications2 credits
MAP125GIS Problems Analysis4 credits
MAP128Remote Sensing3 credits
CIS107Spreadsheet Concepts3 credits

Heating and Cooling Technology Curriculum

First Semester

HV101Electrical Fundamentals3 credits
HV111Heating Fundamentals3 credits
HV121Air Condition & Refrigeration Fund2 credits
HV151Air Condition Heat & Refrig Lab I4 credits

Second Semester

HV122Sheet Metal Tech Lab3 credits
HV132Heating Refrigeration Theory4 credits
HV142HV Controls Heat Pumps3 credits
HV152Air Conditioning Heating Ref Lab II4 credits

Natural Gas Technology Curriculum

First Semester

NGT100Safety for Natural Gas Technician1 credit
NGT102Gas Operations and Maintenance3 credits
NGT104Foundations of Natural Gas Tech2 credits
NGT105Gas Installation Lab3 credits
NGT110Trenching and Excavation Practices2 credits

Second Semester

BUS204Customer Service3 credits
NGT112Gas Metering and Regulators3 credits
NGT115Gas Mapping and Locating4 credits
NGT120Corrosion Management3 credits
PAT102Principles of GPS/GIS2 credits

In addition to the technical courses required in each program, the student seeking an AAS degree must also complete:

TRAN100Industrial Transportation CDL1 credit
OSHA101OSHA 10 Training1 credit
CPR100First Aid, CPR AED0.5 credits

Requirements

CDL Requirement

Students are expected to conform to Rules for Programs with Required Drug and Alcohol Testing while enrolled in this program.  See the Student Handbook for details. Any student who enrolls in Commercial Driver training must obtain a South Dakota driver’s license in order to complete the CDL training course. A Class A CDL is a graduation requirement for this program.  See the Course Description for TRAN 100 for a full explanation.Students planning to obtain an AAS degree in Utilities Technology MUST complete the CDL requirement during their first year of enrollment.

Addmission Requirements

MTI recommends that applicants to this program obtain a physical examination for their safety and protection.  Applicants to this program need to be able to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling of heavy materials.

Computer Requirements

Students enrolling in UT-HCT or UT-GPS will need an MTI issued laptop computer. Those enrolling in UT-PL or UT-NG may provide their own laptop computer as long as it meets these minimum specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory – 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at MTI
NO APPLE/MAC COMPUTERS

Faculty

Devon Russell

Program Director / Instructor

Contact

Cost

Please Note:  Costs for this program are factored according to individual educational plans.  Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.

Scholarships

$750

1 AVAIL.

SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.

$1000

1 AVAIL.

East River Electric Power Co-op Scholarship

East River Power Cooperative

East River Electric Cooperative has been providing scholarship funds to Mitchell Tech since 2003. This scholarship is provided annually for a student in the Power Line Construction and Maintenance program. The scholarship will be awarded in fall semester and applied to the recipient's account for the Spring semester.
Electrical Utilities Substation student
Electrical Utilities Substation student

$500

2 AVAIL.

Central Electric Cooperative Scholarship

Central Electric Cooperative

Electrical Utilities & Substation
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Heating & Cooling
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Applicant must be a full-time student in the Electrical Utilities & Substation, Power Line Construction & Maintenance, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Heating & Cooling, Agricultural Business or Agronomy program at Mitchell Technical College Applicant must maintain a 2.5 GPA Student must be a member or dependent of a member of Central Electric Cooperative based in Mitchell, SD Applicant must complete the MTC Online application to be eligible to receive this scholarship. Student must provide member name on account and Central Electric will verify membership status before recipient is announced

$1000

1 AVAIL.

South Dakota Assoc. of Cooperatives Scholarship

The scholarship was established in 2013.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Business Management
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be an accepted full-time student enrolled at MTC in one of the programs mentioned Applicant must complete the MTC scholarship application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship First priority will be given to students with ties to a SDAC member cooperative Essay responses will be a large part of the recipient decision

$500

1 AVAIL.

Mike Blasius Memorial Scholarship

Mike Blasius Family

Raymond “Mike” Blasius owned and operated Blasius Construction in Kimball, SD for nearly 50 years before his death in March 2022. Mike held his crew to the highest expectation of work ethic and attendance and was known for his quick and witty sense of humor. This scholarship will be awarded to a current Mitchell Tech student in a Construction and Manufacturing Technologies program who exhibits excellent attendance and work ethic. Preference is given to students from Mike’s hometown of Kimball, SD and the surrounding area.
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Construction & Manufacturing Technologies
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Construction Maintenance SCADA Option
Heating & Cooling Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Progressive Welding Technology
Must be a current full time student enrolled in an Construction & Manufacturing program Applicant must have excellent attendance Preference is given to students from Mike’s hometown of Kimball, SD and the surrounding area Applicant must complete the MTC Online application to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$1000

4 AVAIL.

Elite Electricians Of Tomorrow

Elite Electric

Elite Electric established this endowment in 2016. Luke 12:48 references: "For everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked". This verse has lain heavy on the heart of the Wells family during the years of Elite Electric's success in the electrical trade. Through hard-work and perseverance, God has greatly blessed Elite Electric. It is with this in mind, and through much prayer, that this endowment was created. This endowment represents a desire to help lay a strong foundation in the lives of the young electricians of the future. Elite Electric is pleased and honored to be a part of the journey. They pray, that Mitchell Tech Electrical Construction & Maintenance students will also be blessed and that they can, on some level, be a part of the student's success story.
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Applicant must be a first year full time student enrolled in the Electrical Construction & Maintenance program Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
[email protected]

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