Power & Construction Engineering Technology (PCET), Bachelor of Science

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Power & Construction Engineering Technology program provides a bachelor’s completion degree option for graduates of related two-year programs looking to advance into positions as electrical engineers, designers, estimators, or drafters as well as project managers. Related programs include degrees in electrical design and estimating or electrical construction and maintenance.

Power & Construction Engineering Technology is a specialized electrical engineering degree that focuses on the built environment--from vertical and horizontal buildings to infrastructure, including utilities.

The curriculum focuses on the design of power and advanced control systems, advanced design, building and energy codes (including National Electrical Code and National Electrical Safety Code), and advanced training for project managers. Other topics covered include construction law, construction accounting, integrative field technologies (such as surveying), and IoTs (Internet of Things). Students also become familiar with or increase their skills in industry-standard software, including Microstation, Revit, Accubid, and Navisworks.

Learning is project-based with an emphasis on best practices in industry and emerging topics in the field, including renewable energy.

Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical coursework by enhancing the students’ communication and critical thinking skills.

The program also incorporates a senior capstone project in its final semester that gives students the chance to demonstrate industry-relevant experience with an emphasis on either commercial building or utilities or both.

  • ETAC 1: An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.

  • ETAC 2: An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.

  • ETAC 3: An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.

  • ETAC 4: An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.

  • ETAC 5: An ability to function effectively as a member, as well as a leader, on technical teams.

MATH1700Pre Calculus3
MATH1810Calculus I3
MATH1820Calculus II3
MATH2260Probability & Statistics4
PHIL2400Introduction to Ethics2
PHIL4000Ethical Decision-Making2
PHYS1800Physics I with Lab4
PHYS1820Physics II with Lab4
Humanities Elective3
Social Sciences Elective3
Communications Elective3
CMGT3111Construction Law3
ECDM2003Introduction to 3D Drafting & Design2
ECDM2203Electrical Estimating3
PCET3001Advanced Electrical Codes3
PCET3002Energy Production3
PCET3003Safety Engineering3
PCET3004Digital Design2
PCET3006Renewable Energy Systems3
PCET4001Electrical Utility Design and Estimating4
PCET4002Advanced 3D Power System Design3
PCET4003Power Protection and Controls4
PCET4004Power Limited Systems2
PCET4005Integrated Field Systems2
PCET4006MEP Integration2
PCET4007Existing Buildings & Structures3

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which General Education courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
PCET3001 Advanced Electrical Codes 3
PCET3002 Energy Production 3
PCET3003 Safety Engineering 3
CMGT3111 Construction Law 3
MATH1700 Pre Calculus 3
PCET3004 Digital Design 2
PCET3006 Renewable Energy Systems 3
PCET4001 Electrical Utility Design and Estimating 4
MATH1810 Calculus I 3
PHIL2400 Introduction to Ethics 2
Fourth Year
PCET4002 Advanced 3D Power System Design 3
PCET4003 Power Protection and Controls 4
PCET4004 Power Limited Systems 2
MATH1820 Calculus II 3
PHYS1800 Physics I with Lab 4
PCET4005 Integrated Field Systems 2
PCET4006 MEP Integration 2
PCET4007 Existing Buildings & Structures 3
PCET4100 Capstone 3
MATH2260 Probability & Statistics 4
PHYS1820 Physics II with Lab 4
 Total Credits63

CMGT3111 | Construction Law | Lecture (3 Credits)

Examine the components of Construction Law using case law studies and construction documents to understand and identify the legal issues and liabilities encountered in connection with a construction project.

CMGT3211 | Construction Accounting & Finance | Lecture (3 Credits)

Apply basic accounting and finance concepts in the construction industry to analyze project data and financial statements to forecast, monitor and manage the costs of a construction project. Analyze the unique characteristics of construction accounting and finance through their use in budget development, securing funding, and cash flow to forecast the implementation of business decisions on financial statements.

ECDM2003 | Introduction to 3D Drafting & Design | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Examine and implement construction graphics and conventions into electrical designs using industry specific 3D drawing software.

ECDM2203 | Electrical Estimating | Lecture (3 Credits)

Detailed estimation and project management of electrical construction projects using industry software. Scheduling and bidding of construction projects and project documentations.

PCET3001 | Advanced Electrical Codes | Lecture (3 Credits)

Examine and research the different codes utilized in the building and power industries including the National Electrical Code, the National Electrical Safety Code, Energy Code, and the International Building Codes as they apply to electrical buildings, energy production and transmission systems.

PCET3002 | Energy Production | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Investigate how electrical power is produced and distributed through the examination of conventional and renewable methods of energy production including energy storage, transmission, and distribution methods and techniques for design solutions.

PCET3003 | Safety Engineering | Lecture (3 Credits)

Examination of applicable safety codes to assure that engineered systems provide acceptable levels of safety through analysis of safety codes, case studies, and best practices that provides for the safe installation, operation, and maintenance of electric power and communication utility systems and electrical construction.

PCET3004 | Digital Design | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Examine digital and electronic systems through the use of Boolean algebra, logic gates, combination and sequential logic through problem solving methods connection to real-world examples, and the design of sequential logic systems.

PCET3006 | Renewable Energy Systems | Lecture (3 Credits)

Investigate the expanding energy industry with an emphasis on existing and emerging renewable energy systems, including the economics of generation and transmission with an emphasis on future usage as a design principle.

PCET4001 | Electrical Utility Design and Estimating | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

Electrical design and estimate of a simulated utility project covering the generation, transmission and distribution of an electrical power system. This project will include materials, storage solutions, cost estimates with an emphasis on practical design implementations through the utilization of 2D, 3D, and other modeling and analysis software to produce a final portfolio.

PCET4002 | Advanced 3D Power System Design | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Electrical design of a complex building project. This project covers the utility to outlets, with a focus on generation and distribution of high, medium, and low voltage interfacing and protection through utilization of building and electrical codes. Practical design implementation is emphasized. Detailed documentation of all aspects of the project through the utilization of 2D, 3D, and other modeling and analysis software to produce a final portfolio.

PCET4003 | Power Protection and Controls | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

Analyze the components and operation of protective devices and controls in electric utility generation stations, distribution substations, and building services and feeders. Examination of protective device functions, control systems, design perimeters, and coordination from generation to end user. Practical design implementation and coordination is emphasized with utilization of 2D and 3D modeling and analysis software.

PCET4004 | Power Limited Systems | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Examine power limited systems including fire, security, controls and information technology utilized in power plants, utility distribution, and automated systems integrated in the built environment. Practical design implementation with application of codes and standards and the utilization of 2D and 3D modeling and analysis software.

PCET4005 | Integrated Field Systems | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Application of the principles of geographic information systems for electrical utility and building electrical systems with data modeling, integration methods, and various geospatial analysis utilizing 2D and 3D mapping and modeling software.

PCET4006 | MEP Integration | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Employing a holistic approach, integrate electrical design through coordination with mechanical and plumbing (MEP) systems into building information modeling (BIM) software for design decision-making, production of accurate documentation, predicting performance, cost-estimating and construction planning.

PCET4007 | Existing Buildings & Structures | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Design medium, low-voltage, and power-limited systems that integrate with existing building electrical systems employing electrical codes and standards and energy appraisals. Practical design implementation is emphasized with utilization of 2D and 3D modeling and analysis.

PCET4100 | Capstone | Capstone (3 Credits)

Integration of all knowledge gained in previous coursework to create a real-world comprehensive electrical construction project. Working in teams, the capstone project is presented and reviewed by industry experts and leaders, providing valuable feedback from their own experiences.

MATH1700 | Pre Calculus | Lecture (3 Credits)

Preparation for Calculus. Topics include understanding functions from symbolic, tabular, and graphical perspectives. Explore function transformations and composition, polynomial functions, rational polynomial functions, trigonometric functions, exponential functions, and conic sections. The focus is on problem solving using mathematical models to represent real world situations.

General Education: Mathematics

MATH1810 | Calculus I | Lecture (3 Credits)

The fundamental tool used by engineers and scientists to determine critical measurements, such as maximums, minimums and allowable rates of change. Computer software will enable the application of limits, derivatives, transcendental functions, implicit differentiation and related rates.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1700 Or MATH1350

General Education: Mathematics

MATH1820 | Calculus II | Lecture (3 Credits)

The fundamental tool used by engineers and scientists to determine critical measurements, such as calculating the area under curves or the capacities inside of complex geometries. Computer software will enable the application of the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, applications of integration, and numerical methods of integration.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1810 Or MATH1811

General Education: Mathematics

PHIL2400 | Introduction to Ethics | Lecture (2 Credits)

The development of ethical standards as related to the individual, government, business, and society. Current legislation is examined from the perspective of its moral and ethical roots with considerations and standards influencing personal and business decisions.

General Education: Humanities

PHIL4000 | Ethical Decision-Making | Lecture (2 Credits)

Examine major moral theories of right and wrong, such as utilitarianism, deontology, egoism, virtue ethics, and feminism. Apply these theories in sound, ethical decision-making particularly in one’s professional life. Through case studies, the consequences of a decision in terms of responsibilities to the company and the economy, to the people impacted by the decision, and to the environment at large are weighed. Explore the tension often created by the difference between what is morally right and what the company’s code of ethics states or what the society’s laws require.

General Education: Upper Humanities

PHYS1800 | Physics I with Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

Introduction to mechanics using differential calculus as a foundation. Topics include kinematics and dynamics of linear motion, static equilibrium, the conservation of energy and momentum, mechanics of solids and fluids, and thermodynamics. The laboratory portion incorporates experimentation, instrumentation, and graphical tools to verify calculations in motion, mechanics and thermodynamics.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1810, Or MATH1811, Or MATH1850

General Education: Physical Sciences with Lab

PHYS1820 | Physics II with Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

An introductory calculus-based course in electromagnetic fields and their applications. Topics include: Coulomb's and Gauss' Law, electric fields and potentials, electrical and magnetic properties of matter, Ampere's and Faraday's laws, elementary DC and AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1821, Or MATH1820, And PHYS1800

General Education: Physical Sciences with Lab