Efficient Electric Power Industry at ETU "LETI": How to become in demand at world leading power companies
Department of Electrical Technology and Converter Engineering of ETU "LETI" is recruiting students for an English-taught master's program on Efficient Electric Power Industry.
In the coming years, Russia's power industry will face a large-scale modernization of generating capacities, transition to digital technologies, and development of distributed and renewable energy. When asked whether the industry has a sufficient number of qualified engineering and technical personnel, employers answer in different ways: some believe that there is enough qualified staff, while others think that there is a deficit. However, all are unanimous in the opinion that there is a deficiency of the universal experts possessing deep enough knowledge of processes to deal with non-standard and new problems.
The master's program Efficient Electric Power Industry at ETU "LETI" successfully solves the task of training qualified engineering and technical staff, who have the competences required to implement new technologies of generation, storage, and transmission of energy.
The Department of Electrical Technology and Converter Engineering together with the Department of Robotics and Industrial Automation of ETU "LETI" launched the program in September 2019. The head of the program is Sergei Galunin, the head of the Department of Electrical Technology and Converter Engineering.
Master's students learn to critically analyze problem situations using a system approach, to develop a subsequent strategy, to prepare technical requirements for the design of software and hardware for automation and control systems, to develop electrical and power equipment, to integrate local subsystems in complex automated production complexes.
The program is designed for students to gain knowledge in information support in the electric power industry, energy management, energy saving, and alternative energy. Students master the principles of operation of power converters, efficient industrial installations, study modeling and synthesis of nonlinear system elements, learn to conduct an energy audit, create mathematical models of objects and automatic control systems. The part of the program in humanities includes a course in the history of science and technology in engineering, the study of foreign languages, and social communications in a professional environment.
Students have an opportunity to put the theoretical knowledge that they learned into practice during classes in modern laboratories of the Department of Electrical Technology and Converter Engineering: Electrical Engineering Laboratory, Induction Heating Laboratory, Dielectric Heating Laboratory.
"We have long planned to create an educational program to train experts in the efficient power industry, a very popular field of knowledge around the world. We decided to launch this program in English, and we made the right call: seven international students from non-CIS countries and seven Russians, some of whom came to us after studying in other universities, are a very good number to start."
Master's students can take part in international academic mobility programs, including the double degree programs implemented together with the Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland) and German universities: TU Ilmenau, Fachhochschule Stralsund - University of Applied Science, Leibniz University of Hannover.
The English-taught master's program Efficient Electric Power Industry is based on the research of ETU "LETI" on energy efficiency. Scientists of the Department of Robotics and Industrial Automation and the Department of Electrical Technology and Converter Engineering have been working in this field for more than 25 years together with colleagues from universities in Italy, Germany, and Latvia.
During the first year of study, students visited energy facilities and conducted research on the analysis of the induction heating system, development of a virtual laboratory course on electric machines and other topics, many of which will be the basis for theses.
Students who completed their first year shared their impressions of the program. Maksim Sitnikov emphasized the practical orientation of the program:
"With the Efficient Electric Power Industry program, I have the opportunity not only to study the subjects I am interested in but also to improve my language and communication skills. During my first year, I gained a solid knowledge of energy saving and alternative energy. This is a great merit of the teachers who try to show us the practical application of the knowledge that we acquire with concrete examples and teach us to work with devices. This is a unique program that can give an impetus for a further career!"
Petr Potemkin, a finalist of the VIII CASE-IN International Engineering Championship in Electric Power Engineering as a member of the university team called Blast Energy, told about the benefits of the program:
"I made the decision to continue my master's degree at LETI based on the following factors. Firstly, it is an opportunity to study technical English in depth. Secondly, it is an opportunity to expand professional skills and knowledge. During the first year, I studied very interesting topics, got skills in database design. During practical classes, we recorded oscillograms of network currents and voltages, analyzed their composition, and it was very interesting. It is important that acquired knowledge and skills cover many different areas. I advise enrolling in this program because knowledge of English in modern conditions is a necessity. When you study in our program, you will not forget it for sure."
Isayas Girmay Fitwi, a student from Eritrea, shared his impressions of the program:
"I strongly believe that industry has a considerable contribution to a nation's economy and consider myself lucky to be a part of the program. Thanks to the professors of the program, I’m acquiring knowledge about different metallurgy, alternative energy, and heating technologies, techniques of energy loss analysis, and other, besides the skills gained on how to start researching and prepare practical work reports. I realize that the knowledge gained from this program could help me to take my part in serving my community."