Transmission and Distribution Program
Director: Peter McKenny
Assistant Director: Jilliene McKinstry
Master of Engineering - Transmission & Distribution Engineering
Gonzaga University's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) offers an on-line Master of Engineering degree and a Graduate Certificate in Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Engineering. All courses are offered on-line over an eight week period by industry experts and Gonzaga University faculty. Students may register and take courses from anywhere in the world and have immediate access to high quality instruction from industry leaders.
Admission to the program will be administered by faculty and staff of the T&D Program. For the M.E. degree, an undergraduate degree in engineering (or related field), two letters of recommendation (preferably from immediate managers or supervisors in a power-related industry), and a letter of intent expressing the student's qualifications, professional goals, and employment experience will be required to enter the program. Preferred consideration for admission will be given to applications with industry experience that have completed the T&D Certificate Program.
- Letter of intent
- Transcripts of all relevant university coursework. Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
- GRE test score (waived for those with a T&D Certificate)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Application form submitted
- Application fee
B.S. Degree in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or other related field. Employment in electric utility or related industry recommended.
Thirty-six (36) credits total:
- 33 in T&D courses, including at least nine in chosen track (used toward graduation portfolio). Students may substitute six credits from pre-approved courses in other programs.
- TADP 556 Capstone - 3 credits.
The Master of Engineering in T&D Engineering is a 36-credit hour degree program. Students are required to complete a total of 12 courses - three core (from the student's chosen track of Transmission or Distribution); and seven from the remaining selection of T&D Program courses, (must include the TADP 556 capstone course). The final six credits may be from the T&D program, approved courses from GU's Business or Organizational Leadership programs, or approved graduate courses from other universities. Once admitted to the T&D degree program students will be given six years to complete their degree.
To receive an M.E. Degree in T&D Engineering the student must have an average cumulative grade point of 3.0 or higher in the T&D program. Prior to being awarded the degree, each student is encouraged to participate in the campus visit associated with the Engineering Leadership capstone course. (This will be a program requirement beginning in 2012).
Requirements for completion and award of the degree are as follows:
36 credits of coursework including:
- A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in the program
- Nine credits of core courses (Transmission or Distribution Track)
- Eighteen credits of elective T&D Program courses
- Six credits of other T&D graduate courses or approved Business or Organizational Leadership courses
- TADP 556 Engineering Leadership Capstone course
- A portfolio of final projects from the 3 core courses is required as the culminating project
|TADP 540 Transmission Line Design-Introduction||3 credits|
|TADP 543 Electric Grid Operations||3 credits|
|TADP 544 Project Development & Construction Methods||3 credits|
|TADP 547 Underground System Design||3 credits|
|TADP 548 Transmission Line Design-Electrical Aspects||3 credits|
|TADP 640 Transmission Line Design-Advanced*||3 credits|
|TADP 541 Distribution System Design||3 credits|
|TADP 542 Substation Design||3 credits|
|TADP 545 System Protection**||3 credits|
|TADP 547 Underground System Design||3 credits|
|TADP 553 System Automation||3 credits|
|TADP 641 Power System Analysis||3 credits|
|TADP 556 Engineering Leadership||3 credits|
** Prerequisite TADP 641 or Program Director permission
Graduate Certificate in T&D Engineering:
The 15 credit T&D Engineering certificate program consists of any five (3 credit) Gonzaga T&D graduate courses. Each course may be taken individually, or students may take any sequence of five (3-credit) courses that fit their professional needs to obtain the Graduate Level Certificate in T&D Engineering. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 from the T&D Program and good standing with the university will be required for the award of the certificate. Admission is administered through the T&D program with Director approval needed for registration in TADP 545 and TADP 640.
These courses are a ideal fit for engineers looking for utility related professional development opportunities at the graduate level. The courses also offer engineers the technical insight they will need to be successful in the utility field. Course topics include transmission line design and construction, project management and construction methods, power system analysis, protective relaying, distribution system design, and power system design (including regional and national power infrastructure and regulations).
Each course has been split into modules with a different industry expert assigned to develop and teach each module. Students, therefore, receive instruction from multiple industry experts and have access to course material which is directly focused on current transmission and distribution design practice and procedures. In addition, the online format allows students to attend "class" each week whenever it is convenient to their work schedules without the need to travel to campus.
For more information about this program and current courses offerings, please visit our website at: http://www.eng.gonzaga.edu/tandd/