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DICK BURNETT
Power Technology Instructor
307-268-3066

Richard L. Burnett
CS 119
Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601

 


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I started my career at Casper College in April of 2007. Casper College had been awarded a grant to train Power Plant Operators, and I was hired to be Program Director for the new program-Electric Power Technology. I had recently retired from PacifiCorp after 30+ years where I had been an operator and had been in plant supervision the last 10 years of my career. My time spent in operations, I progressed from entry level operator through Control operator. While in supervision I had worked as Plant Scheduler and also as a Maintenance Planner.

POWR 1500-COURSE DESCRIPTION: The first semester course will be designed to address initial apprentice program topics, basic energy industry principles, power plant systems, regulatory overviews. Students will be introduced to power plant operations. Power plant history, settings, roles, values and ethical/legal dimensions are examined. The philosophy and conceptual framework of the Casper College power plant program are explored.

POWR 1600-COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will be designed to address power plant fuel supply and control systems. Students will be introduced to a supply systems overview. The uses of and relationships among oil, gas and coal fuel systems will be explored. Fuel transportation and control systems will be described and proper operating procedures will be explained.

POWR 2600-COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will be designed to address supply air and water, and emission control topics. Students will explore in depth air, water and ash management systems and their relationship to plant operation. Environmental protection strategies for coal, oil, gas and transportation processes will be presented.

POWR 1565-COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is an introduction to the basic water treatment processes that may be found in a typical electric power production facility. Students will be introduced to the systems, operation and key components of; water sources, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, reverse osmosis, continuous deionization, ion exchange softening and demineralization. Included will be an overview of waste water management and sewage treatment.

POWR 1980-COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is designed to give students hands-on training in Electric Power Generator facilities. A student working for an employer is responsible for employment verification and documentation of hours worked and jobs done. Students staying on campus will meet the training requirements of the department.

ENVT 1600-COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is an introduction to safety issues that affect personnel in the electric power industry. The course will review general safety issues and specific Occupational Safety and Health (OHSA) regulations. The topics to be covered include: drugs in the work place, hazardous materials, accident prevention and hazard recognition, hazards of PRB coal, hydrogen, personal protective equipment, toxic gases and respiratory protection, confined space safety, spill prevention and response, chemical handling safety, job task analysis, fire prevention and incipient stage fire fighting, walking/working surfaces and fall protection, hot weather safety, machine guarding, emergency planning and evacuation, and general safety practices.

I enjoy going camping, 4 wheeling, and spending time with my 2 daughters and 4 grandkids (2 boys and 2 girls).My wife and I also like to travel , when we can.

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