Energy and Power Technology: A Perspective for the 21st Century
- Bruce Marsh (Texas A&M University–Kingsville)
Energy and Power Technology in one manner, shape, or form was an integral part of many Industrial Technology curriculums during the 70’s and 80’s. In many programs, the structure of the course was automotive-based with an emphasis on engines, drive systems, and fluid power. It should be noted at this point that some progressive, proactive programs had transitioned away from the automotive emphasis into other areas that reflected the changing energy emphasis and increased automation in manufacturing (alternative energy, digital electronic, and electrohydraulics, etc). Industrial Technology programs of the 90’s that still had the automotive-based Energy and Power course may have considered eliminating or shelving the course since it centered on topics areas that are better dealt with at technical institutes and community colleges. Energy and Power Technology, in my opinion, is still a viable course for Industrial Technology programs of the 2000’s, if one considers an emphasis on energy and energy conversion systems (i.e., power plants—fossil fueled, nuclear- powered, and renewable/alternative-based—supplemented with a national and global perspective on environmental, economic, and social implications).
Keywords: curriculum|energy|environmental issues
How to Cite:
Marsh, B., (2003) “Energy and Power Technology: A Perspective for the 21st Century”, Journal of Industrial Technology 19(4).