Power electronics is a key enabling technology in essentially all electronic systems ranging from wireless communication devices, portable and desktop computers, to telecommunication infrastructure systems, renewable energy systems, and industrial systems. The necessity for power electronics technology in these rapidly expanding areas creates a rising need for design engineers equipped with knowledge and skills to follow sound engineering principles and actively participate in multidisciplinary teams. The power electronics field has evolved rapidly with the advances in technology and introduction of many new application areas. As a result, it is likely that the required knowledge and skills were not in the curricula when many of today’s professionals were in college. This creates a strong ongoing demand for continuing education of the workforce in the area of power electronics. The certificate program addresses the ongoing demand for skilled power electronics design engineers.
This program offers an opportunity for electrical engineers to obtain the specialized knowledge required to practice power electronics. It is intended for students and engineers having a BS degree in electrical engineering or equivalent.
The courses required for the professional certificate in power electronics are:
The certification program was initiated by the Colorado Power Electronics Center, and is operated through the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering and through the Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education (CAETE). A grade of B- or better is required for each course applied toward the certificate. For more information, go to ecee.colorado.edu/academics/cert_programs/overview.html.