Wind Tech Program Course Requirements

Safety Courses

EIC 101 Job Training & Safety - 3 credits
The student will learn to work safely in an industrial environment. The student will be required to demonstrate Lock-out Tag out and energy isolation. He/she will learn to safely climb a wind turbine and how to safely use climbing gear. The student will be required to finish OSHA 10 hour training during the class. This class must be passed with a 90% to continue in the wind technology program.

MIL 101 Lifting Devices - 1 credit
Introduces the student to the types of rigging/ lifting devices used in industry. Skills include the correct use of slings and common rigging hardware, including safe loading practices and the use of ANSI hand signals.

Wind Technology Courses

WTG 100 Intro to Wind Industry - 3 credits
Introduces students to the wind power generation industry. Topics covered will include physics of wind energy, various sizes and types of wind turbines, reading wind maps for finding the best wind locations. Students will also engage in discussions of the impact of the wind industry on social, environmental, economic, and political issues.

WTG 230 Wind Turbine Systems - 3 credits
Covers the standards and techniques to safely and efficiently troubleshoot and repair combined electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical systems and associated equipment. Emphasis will be on teamwork, communication, proper documentation, root cause analysis and reporting. Discussions will cover converter systems, component repair, cooling/heating/pressure/level systems, PLC controls, gearbox and hydraulic systems, and the tools needed for root cause identification.

WTG 280 Wind Technician Internship (elective) - 6 credits
Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor.

WTG 289 Wind Tech Capstone - 2 credits
Provides a comprehensive overview of the Wind Technician Program, giving the student a unified picture of the wind industry and the role of the wind technician. Students are further prepared for entering industry by developing their own resume, introduced to online job services, and industry organizations. Current and future wind industry niches and trends will be discussed to give the students possible career paths to look further into and plan for.

Industrial Maintenance Courses

IMA 100 Intro to Industrial Maintenance - 3 credits
Provides an overall perspective and foundation for the person entering the industrial maintenance field. The fundamentals of machine operations commonly utilized in the process and energy industry will be presented. Maintenance personnel duties and responsibilities, general maintenance procedures, basic maintenance tools and equipment, basic fastening and securing and machine operating specifications will be covered. Emphasis will be placed upon the understanding of machine documentation. The student will be introduced to the logical process utilized in the diagnosis machinery and control system troubleshooting. Workplace safety will be stressed throughout the course.

IMA 150 Industrial Problem Solving Methods - 2 credits
Provides the student with the methodology and skills to perform a clear, concise analysis of multi-faceted problems associated with complex equipment, systems or organization performance breakdowns or failures. Methodologies for developing, analyzing and prioritizing solutions will be presented. Demonstration of skills will be required using actual problems or failures.

IMA 160 Basic Fluid Mechanics - 3 credits
Provide an understanding of the fundamentals of fluid power, hydraulic transmission of force and energy, operation at the suction side of the pump, petroleum based hydraulic fluids, fire resistant hydraulic fluids, flow rates and velocity, properties of hydraulic fluids, and the function and construction of basic elements of a hydraulic or fluid power system. The course will cover hydraulic symbols and prints used in industry.

Basic Electrical Courses

ELT 106 Fundamentals of DC/AC - 3 credits
Introduces the basic skills needed for many careers in electronics and related fields. Covers the operations and applications of basic DC and AC circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers and diodes. Emphasizes the use of common test instruments in troubleshooting.

WTG 170 Fundamentals of DC/AC Lab - 1 credit
Provides additional lab experience for students enrolled in ELT 106 Fundamentals of AC/DC.

ELT 107 Fundamentals of Industrial Electronics - 3 credits
Provides a basic knowledge of generators , motors, and the solid state devices and digital techniques used for industrial control applications.

ELT 252 Motors & Controls - 3 credits
Enables the student to study, construct, test, and evaluate basic industrial control systems, including AC/DC motors, stepper motors, power sources, generators, tachometers, line diagrams and logic functions. Covers safety standards and preventive maintenance.

Advanced Electrical Courses

WTG 110 Power Distribution & Control Systems - 3 credits
Provides a comprehensive overview of the wind turbine generator systems. Focus will be on the power distribution and systems controls, including theory, application, component identification, and schematics. Safety and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment will be emphasized in lab environment.

ELT 258 Programmable Logic Controllers - 3 credits
Covers the fundamentals of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) as they are applied in robotics and automation. Includes history, terminology, typical applications, hardware, and software. Incorporates lab and project activities that address operating, monitoring, programming, troubleshooting, and repairing PLC controlled lab trainers as well as actual industrial equipment.

EIC 220 Industrial Electrical Controls - 4 credits
Studies the application of electrical and electromechanical sensing/control devices; heating, ventilating and air conditioning applications; motor control, conveyor drives and other industrial applications. Students design control systems to meet assigned conditions, use principles of relay logic to prepare correct ladder diagrams and wire up, test and trouble-shoot their systems in the laboratory. The course stresses accuracy, safety and National Electric Code requirements.

WTG 220 WTG Troubleshooting & Repair - 4 credits
Introduces students to standards and techniques of wind turbine technician operations, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair. Emphasis on teamwork, safety, accuracy, and efficiency, as well as basic troubleshooting techniques. Discussion will cover building, commissioning, warranty, operations & maintenance, and hotshot troubleshooting crews and work environments.

General Education Courses

Mathematics: (3 credits)
MAT 107 Career Math 3 - credits
Covers material designed for career technical or general studies students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics may include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, graphs, and/or finance. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications.
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MAT ___ Higher level Math - 3 credits

Communication or Reading: (6 credits)
ENG 131 Technical Writing - 3 credits
Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government.
OR
ENG 121 English Composition I - 3 credits
Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a minimum of five compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing.

COM 115 Public Speaking - 3 credits
Combines the basic theories of communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, audience analysis, and delivery.
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COM 125 Interpersonal Communications - 3 credits
Examines the communication involved in interpersonal relationships occurring in family, social, and career situations. Relevant concepts include self-concept, perception, listening, nonverbal communication, and conflict.

Science or Computer Science (3 credits)
CIS 118 Intro to PC Applications - 3 credits
Introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet.

Social and Behavioral Science (3 credits)
MAN 128 Human Relations - 3 credits
Explores the importance of effective communication in our personal lives as well as in the world of business. Practical business applications such as employee motivation, handling customer complaints, and effectively resolving conflict in the workplace will be a major part of the curriculum.