In line with the PG Diploma in Thermal Power Plant Engineering (PGDC) offered by the National Power Training Institute, identifying the need for trained manpower in the supervisory cadre, the institute also offers a course called Post Diploma in Thermal Power Plant Engineering and this course is shortly called as PDC. This one-year course was launched by the institute in the year 2000 and like PGDC holders, there is a good demand for PDC holders as well in the power industry and this is why they are well-placed in the power sector. In addition, reports state that there is an increasing trend in the demand for PDC holders.
Who can apply?
This course is created by the NPTI with a view to help out diploma holders in Mechanical, electrical & electronics and instrumentation & control engineering holders to gain better job prospects in the power sector.
This two-semester course has the following subjects in the first and second semester:
- Electrical Machines & Systems
- Turbines & Ancillaries
- Steam Generators
- Basic concepts & off-site facilities
- Erection and commissioning
- Power Plant Maintenance
- Operation & Performance Monitoring
- Control, instrumentation and information technology
As this course is meant for both mechanical and electrical diploma holders, a bridge course will be conducted by NPTC at the beginning. This is meant for providing exposure to electrical engineering for mechanical diploma holders and mechanical engineering for electrical diploma holders.
On-the-job and stimulator training:
In addition to classroom lectures and practical training provided during the course, the students will also be provided with a guided on-the-job training on O & M practices. This training will be provided at a huge power station and they will also be provided with a 2-week hands-on training at a thermal station stimulator operating with full scope. This is done to ensure that the course-takers will be in a position to handle Operation & Maintenance works independently at the completion of the course.
O & M Competence Certificate:
Mandatory requirements under Rule 3 (2-A) of Indian Electricity Rules for O & M Engineers of large thermal power stations are met by this course. Accordingly, it is important that the Post Diploma holders will have to obtain the Power Generating Station O & M Competency Certificate from the State Electrical Licensing Boards.
This course generally begins in the Neyveli NPTI at the middle of October every year. The institute issues notification every year in Employment News and leading newspapers during the month of August or September every year. The admission process will be taken care by the Neyveli NPTI.
This course can also be taken up by candidates working for the power sector and they can join as Sponsored Candidates. They will have to submit the certificate of sponsorship from their employer for taking this one-year course. Here are the details about the course fee for PDC:
- For sponsored candidates – Rs.1,70,000
- For non-sponsored candidates – Rs.1,20,000