Printed on 4/17/2021

Wind Energy Technology

10-482-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 61 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day and Evening Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

The wind energy industry is the fastest growing segment of renewable energy production. The U.S. and Canadian wind industry is experiencing annual growth of 25%. Employers seek skilled technicians for operation and maintenance activities in wind farms. There is also a demand for advanced technicians with U.S. and international wind turbine manufacturers; these include: installation technicians, quality control technicians, and warranty and commissioning technicians. Operation and maintenance positions generally remain with a given wind farm location; other technicians travel extensively with the construction of new wind farms and repair/retrofitting of wind turbines around the world.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (46 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Sensors
    10-620-187
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620187
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers various types of sensors used in industrial operations such as inductive and capacitive proximity detectors, Hall-effect devices and various optical sensing modes. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.

    Coreq: Ladder Logic and Control Devices (10660170)
  • DC Circuits 1
    10-660-110
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10660110
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces electrical safety and program procedures. The course covers Ohm's Law, power law, series circuits, and voltmeter, ammeter and ohmmeter applications. Number powers, electronic notations, circuit component recognition and diagrams, resistor power ratings, color code, Kirchhoff's voltage law and atomic structure are also included.

    Coreq: College Technical Math 1 (10804115) OR College Technical Math 1A (10804113) OR Industrial Maintenance Math (31804308) OR College Algebra and Trigonometry with Applications (10804197) OR Intermediate Algebra with Applications (10804118)
  • DC Circuits 2
    10-660-111
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10660111
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers basic parallel and series-parallel circuits and their properties. Examines the theory, application and design of series-parallel circuits, such as loaded and unloaded voltage dividers and the Wheatstone bridge. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.

    Coreq: DC Circuits 1 (10660110)
  • Ladder Logic & Control Devices
    10-660-170
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10660170
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces hardwired components found in industrial applications used to control simple circuits. Students will learn about switches, relays, contactors, timers, and indicator lamps. Students will use their knowledge of these devices to wire various circuits. Students will use ladder logic diagrams to interconnect and label devices to make complete circuits.

    Coreq: DC Circuits 1 (10660110)
  • Pneumatics 1
    10-620-111
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620111
    • Credits: 1.00

    Provides an introduction to fundamental principles and laws of fluid power, with a focus on pneumatics. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.

    Coreq: College Technical Math 1 - 10804115 OR College Algebra and Trigonometry with Apps 10804197 OR College Technical Math 1A 10804113 OR Industrial Maintenance Math 31804308
  • Pneumatics 2
    10-620-112
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620112
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces advanced pneumatic and electropneumatic systems. Students examine how pneumatic components operate and how they interact in industrial systems. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.

    Coreq: Pneumatics 1 - 10620111; Ladder Logic and Control Devices 10660170 OR 10609170
  • DC Circuits 3
    10-660-112
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10660112
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers capacitors and inductors including time constants and instantaneous voltage and current values of RC and RL circuits. Applications and various types of capacitors and inductors are discussed. Magnetism, electromagnetism, and devices, such as relays and solenoids, are also presented. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.

    Coreq: DC Circuits 2 (10660111)
  • AC Circuits 1
    10-660-114
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10660114
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers AC waveforms and different voltage values including Peak, RMS, Average and Peak to Peak. The operation of transformers is also included. Laboratory activities using the oscilloscope are performed to verify the theory.

    Coreq: DC Circuits 3 (10660112) OR enrolled in the Manufacturing Engineering Tech program (106233) and Coreq: DC Circuits 2 (10660111)
  • PLC 3
    10-628-153
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10628153
    • Credits: 1.00

    Continues using the Allen Bradley PLC hardware platform with Studio 5000 programming software. Introduces Analog I/O and scaling for program interfacing. Scaling with math instructions, data handling with FIFO/LIFO instructions, and sequencer SQI/SQO instructions are all introduced.

    Coreq: PLC 2 (10628152)
  • Hydraulics 1
    10-620-113
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620113
    • Credits: 1.00

    Provides an introduction to fundamental principles and laws of fluid power, with a focus on hydraulics. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.

    Coreq: College Technical Math 1 - 10804115 OR College Algebra and Trigonometry with Apps 10804197 OR College Technical Math 1A 10804113 OR Industrial Maintenance Math 31804308
  • Hydraulics 2
    10-620-114
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620114
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces advanced hydraulic and electrohydraulic systems. Students examine how hydraulic components operate and how they interact in industrial systems. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.

    Coreq: Hydraulics 1 - 10620113; Ladder Logic and Control Devices 10660170 OR 10609170
  • PLC 1
    10-628-151
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10628151
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)s and RSLogix 500 Programming Software. The PLC hardware will consist of Allen Bradley products. Students use the RSLogix 500 programming software to create logical solutions for real world applications. The applications will require students to create, download, and debug programs in RSLogix 500.

    Coreq: Ladder Logic and Control Devices (10660170) OR Digital 1 (10605130)
  • PLC 2
    10-628-152
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10628152
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)s and Studio 5000 (formerly RSLogix5000) Programming Software. The PLC hardware will consist of Allen Bradley products. Students will configure Ethernet communications to connect to the Allen Bradley PLC hardware. Students will use Studio 5000 programming software to create logical solutions for real world applications. The applications will require students to create, download, and debug their programs. Students will study industrial sensors and their uses. Students will wire and test sensor operations.

    Coreq: Programmable Logic Controllers (10609173) OR PLC 1 (10628151)
  • Advanced AC/DC Variable Speed Drives
    10-620-190
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620190
    • Credits: 1.00

    Covers graphical programming and various communication techniques of current and vector drives. A multifunctional trainer is configured to demonstrate complex master/slave drive functions, on-line monitoring of drive performance, and to build troubleshooting skills.

    Coreq: Electrical Motors-AC (10620172) OR Motors and Drives 1 (10620148)
  • Motors and Drives 1
    10-620-148
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620148
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces DC motors and generators, along with DC Drives. Students will wire both separately-excited and self-excited DC generators. Counter Electromotive Force (CEMF) will be used to explain the operational principles of DC motors and generators. Various DC motor types will be introduced. Motor types include series, shunt, and compound motors.

    Prereq: AC Circuits 1 (10660114)
  • Motors and Drives 2
    10-620-142
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620142
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces AC Generators, Three Phase, and Single Phase motors. Starting methods for AC motors, including AC Drives, will be introduced. Control wiring and reversing circuits will also be introduced. Students will wire for Synchronous and Induction motor operation.

    Coreq: Motors and Drives 1 (10620148)
  • Essentials of Manufacturing Safety
    10-449-188
    1Credit
    18
    36
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 18
    • Outside Effort Hours: 36
    • Course Number: 10449188
    • Credits: 1.00

    Provides information on the safety responsibilities of workers within the manufacturing industry. Special emphasis will be placed on common hazards and methods of controls.

  • Elements of Machines 1
    10-620-164
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620164
    • Credits: 1.00

    Emphasizes the mechanical elements of industrial machines. Principles of leveling motors, fasteners, bearings, and couplings are covered. Terminology, selection, and proper installation and maintenance are stressed.

  • Elements of Machines 2
    10-620-165
    1Credit
    27
    27

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620165
    • Credits: 1.00

    Emphasizes the mechanical elements of industrial machines. Principles of power transmission, belt drives, and chain drives are covered. Terminology, selection, and proper installation and maintenance are stressed.

    Coreq: Elements of Machines 1 (10620164)
  • Electromechanical Systems 1
    10-620-189
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620189
    • Credits: 1.00

    Capstone course that uses the competencies learned throughout the Electromechanical program to operate various systems that interface with each other such as digital, servomechanisms, electro-hydraulic and gear mechanisms. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.

    Prereq: Pneumatics 2 - 10620112; System Troubleshooting 10620188; Sensors 10620187; DC/AC Variable Speed Drives 10609172 OR Motors and Drives 1 - 10620148
  • Semiconductors 1
    10-660-128
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10660128
    • Credits: 1.00

    Introduces semiconductor materials, the operation of diodes, Zener diodes and the construction of rectifier and filter circuits. Fundamental transistor construction and operation is also introduced. Laboratory experiments are performed to verify the theory.

    Prereq: AC Circuits 1 (10660114); College Technical Math 1 (10804115) OR College Technical Math 1A (10804113) OR Intermediate Algebra with Apps (10804118)
  • System Troubleshooting
    10-620-188
    1Credit
    27
    27
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 27
    • Outside Effort Hours: 27
    • Course Number: 10620188
    • Credits: 1.00

    Develops troubleshooting skills by using several closed-loop systems on a level and flow process trainer. Students identify faults electrically inserted into this trainer by recognizing symptoms, creating and using flow charts for analysis, and finding the problem with test instruments.

    Coreq: Ladder Logic and Control Devices (10609170) OR Ladder Logic and Control Devices (10660170); AC Circuits 1 (10660114)
  • Elective: Electronics Foundation
    10-660-991
    24Credit
    0
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 0
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10660991
    • Credits: 24.00

    Elective: Electronics Foundation

    General Studies (15 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • College Technical Math 1A
    10-804-113
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10804113
    • Credits: 3.00

    Included topics are solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. Successful completion of College Technical Math 1A and College Technical Math 1B is the equivalent of College Technical Math 1.

    Prereq: Alg – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 51+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Math 18+ OR Alg Prep 10834109 OR Math & Logic 10804133 OR Not pursuing a degree.
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • Psychology of Human Relations
    10-809-199
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809199
    • Credits: 3.00

    Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and people's everyday lives. Students seek a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others, and to improve their relationships at work, in the family and in society.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Economics
    10-809-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
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