ERIC Number: ED522222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
National Electrical Code in Power Engineering Course for Electrical Engineering Curriculum
Azizur, Rahman M. M.
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 1 p46-52 2011
In order to ensure the safety of their inhabitants and properties, the residential, industrial and business installations require complying with NEC (national electrical code) for electrical systems. Electrical design engineers and technicians rely heavily on these very important design guidelines. However, these design guidelines are not formally taught in engineering curriculum. Recently, a study was performed in the Department of EE (electrical engineering) at GVSU (Grand Valley State University) about the potential inclusion of NEC in our EE curriculum as a part of an existing course on power systems analysis. This paper presents the findings of this study along with the implemented recommendations undertaken after this study. A literature survey was conducted on the EE curriculums of other prominent universities in the state of Michigan and those of our national peer and aspirant peer universities with a special emphasis on power engineering. It was found that power engineering curriculum was shrinking at a steady pace. It was also found that even though NECs were important for electrical design of installations, they were too many and trivial for inclusion in a formal curriculum. It was proposed that we offer a short course on NEC so that students can get familiar with electrical codes and obtain crucial hands-on experience. Completion of this short course was made a mandatory part of qualification for our shop-lab access. Impact of this short course on student learning is presented in this paper.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan