Power Electronics is a study of processing and controlling the flow of electrical energy by supplying voltages and currents to the load or vice-versa.
It is based primarily on the switching of power semiconductor devices for energy conversion circuits, which is the key to a smaller, lighter, and more efficient power processor.
The important of the PED is being increasingly visible in the electrical engineering technologies which utilize power electronics conversion and control technique to design and produce high efficiency, high performance, miniaturized of the end products and more environmental friendly equipment.
Most of the PED applications involved in multi-discipline technologies ranging from analog & digital control system, power conversion, sensors, various types of electrical motor, interfacing, computer and embedded controller programming.
The power electronics and drives applications can be seen in various industrial and consumer sectors such as:
Home application:Refrigerators, air conditioning, washing machines, lighting, vacuum cleaners and cooking appliances.
Commercial: Battery charger, computers, electronic ballast, hand power tools and vending machines.
Aerospace: Aircraft power systems, space vehicle power system and satellite power system.
The PED course offers various subjects covering from the fundamental theory including electrical circuits, signals processing, digital & analog electronics, electromagnetic, microprocessor, power system and control system to the advance topics such as converter and inverter technology, high performance motor drive and active power filter with emphasis on the design, analysis and applications.
There are 25 laboratories and 4 workshops in Faculty of Electrical Engineering to support long-term demand of academic programs. The laboratories under the Department of Power Electronics and Drives are:
1. Electrical & Electronics Lab
2. Power Electronics Lab
3. Power Electronics Simulation Lab
4. Power Electronics Application Lab
5. Electrical Machine Drives Lab
6. Power Electronics & Drives Workshop
7. Power Electronics & Drives Research Lab
Based on the knowledge and experience acquired during four years course in UTeM, the PED graduates are able to work in government sector and private sector such as manufacturing, servicing & maintenance, and research & development.
In addition, the graduates are suitable for the following positions such as design engineer, production engineer, power utilities engineer, plant maintenance engineers, field engineer, test engineer, researcher, development engineer, consultancy engineer and lecturer.