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Texas Workforce Commission's Wagner-Peyser Grant Sponsored Training

Texas Workforce Commission's Wagner-Peyser Grant Sponsored Training

Cyber-Physical Security Training for the Critical Infrastructure Sectors

Reese Technology Center (RTC)
9801 Reese Blvd.
Lubbock, TX 79416

Click to view the Critical Infrastructure Security Training Program (flyer)

Critical infrastructure sectors, like energy, electric utilities, and water, play a crucial role in our everyday life. These systems have become vulnerable to cyber-attacks due to increased network communications. The Critical Infrastructure Security Training will provide a hands-on introduction to resilient, cyber-physical systems for critical infrastructures. All trainees who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of completion and/or continuing education units (CEUs).

The training is intended for currently employed and unemployed industry professionals, university students, and high school students, who maintain an interest in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, renewable energy, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, data science, and more. Sponsored by the Texas Workforce Commission's Wagner-Peyser Grant, this training will be provided at no cost

The training will consist of online orientation videos, followed by a two-day hands-on training at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas. Trainees need only attend one weekend training session, and may select their preferred date(s) from the list of available workshops: 

Option 1: Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24, 2023 
Option 2: Friday, July 7 & Saturday, July 8, 2023 
Option 3: Friday, July 14 & Saturday, July 15, 2023
Option 4: Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22, 2023 
Option 5: Friday, July 28 & Saturday, July 29, 2023 
Option 6: Friday, August 4 & Saturday, August 5, 2023
Option 7: Friday, August 11 & Saturday, August 12, 2023
Option 8: Friday, August 18 & Saturday, August 19, 2023 

OPAL-RT Technologies Sessions

In addition to the initially scheduled eight sessions, we are excited to announce that OPAL-RT Technologies will be hosting training sessions focused on their Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). These sessions, held at Texas Tech University on August 25th & 26th, will provide deep insights into the following:

  • Concept of Real-Time Simulation
  • Why is Hardware in the Loop Important
  • Communication Network Emulation
  • Cyber-Physical Real-Time Simulation
  • Hands-On Application with SEL Relay Controller in the loop

These sessions will be hands-on training and are designed for both Industry Professionals and University students and will be expertly delivered by Maxime Depaire,  Integration Verification and Validation Specialist from OPAL-RT Technologies.

Option 9: August 25, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
Option 10: August 25, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Option 11: August 26, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
Option 12: August 26, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM 

To Register for the Program, click this Registration link

Program Outcomes

  • Trainees will earn a certificate of completion.
  • Trainees can elect to earn continuing education units (CEUs).
  • Trainees will be better prepared in cyber-physical security aspects in the critical infrastructure fields, such as renewable energy, oil and gas, electric utilities, and water.
  • Trainees will survey the state-of-the-art Global Laboratory for Energy Asset Management and Manufacturing (GLEAMM) microgrid and a cyber-physical system (CPS) testbed.
  • Trainees will be engaged with several industry partners. 

By partnering and collaborating with TTU, this grant-sponsored training is intended to:

  • Develop a regional cyber-physical security training framework applicable to diverse South Plains industries such as wind energy, oil and gas, and electric and water utilities.  
  • Develop a cyber-physical security curriculum and employ instructors at the university/college level to deliver short courses.  
  • Create a regional cyber-physical security consortium with a university, college, and industry partnership. 

Training and Location 

  • Distance modules will be made available on a learning management system. Students are expected to complete the online modules before the hands-on training. 
  • Followed by two-day hands-on training at the Reese Technology Center of Lubbock, TX in Summer 2023.   

If interested please contact

Manohar Chamana (m.chamana@ttu.edu),

Argenis Bilbao (argenis.bilbao@ttu.edu),

Konrad Schmitt (konrad.schmitt@ttu.edu)

with Texas Tech University 

To register to the program for the available dates, click this link.  Registration is free!

The Critical Infrastructure Security Training is brought to you by the following partners: 

Lead Partners

Texas Tech University - National Wind Institute
Texas Tech University - GLEAMM
West Texas A&M University
Group NIRE


programs teaming partnership 

Industry and Workforce Partners
West Texas A & M University
Group NIRE,
Xcel Energy
Apex Clean Energy
South Plains Electric Coop
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.

We would like to acknowledge the generous donation of training equipment from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.


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