Electrical System Protection and Control

This certificate provides practical knowledge of power system protection and communication fundamentals. Topics include an introduction for protecting an electrical system from faults, communication models for monitoring and controlling the electrical system, and cybersecurity of the smart grid. So the protection coordination can be managed properly and understand the potential issues of cybersecurity. The certificate is ideal for professionals who want to enhance their capabilities in power system protection and communication as well as experienced professionals who want to receive the necessary retraining to change careers. (9 credit hours)

The certificate can be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.   

Course Options

The courses which comprise this graduate certificate are outlined below.  Students elect a total of 9 credit hours from the curriculum.

ECE 5421            Grid Communication and System                            (3 credits)

ECE 5422            Grid Protection                                                           (3 credits)

ECE 5423            Advanced Grid Protection                                        (3 credits)

The credits earned in this certificate program may be applied toward an ECE graduate degree program, subject to the curriculum requirement of the graduate degree program. Only 500-level or above graduate coursework can be double-counted to meet the degree requirements of ECE graduate programs. Please note that a maximum of two stackable certificates can be used towards earning an ECE graduate degree program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

CECS Graduate Education Office

2060/2070 - Professional Education Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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