Power, Energy, & Transportation Labs - E&T B13 & B14

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Pictures of Dr. Blekhman's students working on top of the Engineering and Technology building. The students worked throughout the year to install two solar panel grid systems, which will be used by the college for sustainability research and education projects. Click HERE to read the Cal State L.A. Today article.

The Department of Technology at California State University, Los Angeles is one of five universities selected by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies (HFCIT) Education Subprogram focused on Fuel Cell curriculum development. The Hydrogen Education award in 2008 was for $319,000. The Principal Investigator on the grant is Dr. David Blekhman.

Curriculum resources and project-based activities are available to students pursuing the Power, Energy, and Transportation Concentration within the Industrial Technology program. Courses taught in this laboratory include:

[Foundation Program requirements for all Industrial Technology first-time freshmen]

TECH 100  Introduction to Automotive Mechanisms  (3)
Designed to meet general industrial education needs of Industrial Arts majors.  Emphasis on general mechanical concepts and related physical principles, maintenance procedures, and consumer data.  Lecture 1 1/2 hours, laboratory 4 1/2 hours.

[Required Core courses]

TECH 370 Power, Energy and Transportation (3)
Power energy and transportation concepts: available energy sources, power conversion process, power transmission methods and land, sea, air, and space transportation systems. Lecture 1 1/2 hours, laboratory 4 1/2 hours.

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TECH 488  Fluid Power  (3)
Prerequisite:  PHYS 156.  Application of principles of industrial hydraulic and pneumatic circuits;  emphases on basic laws and operation of pressure, directional control valves, and actuators as they apply to manual and automated circuits.  Lecture 1 1/2 hours, laboratory 4 1/2 hours.

[Power, Energy, and Transportation Concentration courses]

TECH 470 Electric, Hybrid and Alternative Fueled Vehicles (3)
Prerequisites: TECH 370 or with consent of instructor. Technology and application of electric, hybrid, and alternative Fueled vehicles: power plant design, electric motor and heat engine characteristics, energy storage, system controls, fuel cells and solar powered vehicles. Lecture 1 1/2 hours, laboratory 4 1/2 hours.

TECH 474 Power Generation, Distribution and Utilization (3)
Prerequisite: TECH 370 or with consent of instructor. Detailed aspects of power conversion and distribution systems: Large and small-scale electric power system, fossil fuels, wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal, biomass, hydrogen as an energy carrier with social and environmental impacts. Lecture 1 1/2 hours, laboratory 4 1/2 hours.

TECH 476  Electronic and Computer Control Systems for Power, Energy and Transportation (3)Prerequisite: TECH 370 or with consent of instructor. Theory and application of electronic and computer controls for power, energy and transportation systems. Includes circuits, sensors, signal conditioning, microprocessors, logic, programming, data acquisition and system development. Lecture 1 1/2 hours, laboratory 4 1/2 hours.

TECH 478  Emerging Technologies in Power, Energy, and Transportation (3)
Prerequisite; TECH 370 or with consent of instructor. Varying content and topics relating to emerging power, energy, and transportation technologies. Includes research methodologies, proposal preparation, and investigation in individual, team, and class explorations. May be repeated up to 6 units. Lecture 1 1/2 hours, laboratory 4 1/2 hours.

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