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Wind Energy Technology

10-482-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 64 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses 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 (43 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Intro to Wind Systems
10-482-101
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Prepares the learner to assess the global energy picture; analyze the causes of wind and wind flow properties; explore small, medium, and large wind turbine designs; assess the environmental effects of wind turbines; perform business and site assessments for a wind turbine project, plan your wind turbine project, evaluate, operation and maintenance of the turbine system, and analyze the future of wind energy.
Wind Technician 1 Lab
10-482-120
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Prepares the learner for work at height. Students will perform equipment maintenance on climbing and fall arrest gear; wear required PFPE, PPE and outdoor apparel when working on a wind energy system; review the causes and results of workplace accidents and injuries; demonstrate adequate health and wellness for climbing and working at height; demonstrate safe climbing methods; demonstrate proper "ground crew" working habits; and tie basic rigging knots.
Sensors
10-620-187
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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)
Hydraulics 1
10-620-154
1Credit
Introduces the fundamental principles and laws of fluid power. Laboratory activities reinforce the theory.
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)
Pneumatics 1
10-620-162
1Credit
Introduces the principles of compressed air and studies various control operations such as speed, force and direction. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
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)
DC Circuits 2
10-660-111
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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)
DC Circuits 3 - Aircraft/Electromechanical
10-620-103
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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)
Programmable Logic Controllers 2
10-620-182
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers sequencers, jumps, arithmetic operations and analog operations of the Allen-Bradley SLC-500 programmable controller. Sensor interfacing is included. Programming exercises verify the theory.
Coreq: Programmable Logic Controllers 1 (10609173)
Wind Technician Health and Safety
10-449-113
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Familiarizes students with the Federal Safety and Health Regulations (OSHA) related to the wind power generation industry. It introduces the student to proper methods and procedures to eliminate and control hazards related to potential injury/illness in the industry. Students will receive training in first aid, CPR, rigging, and confined space and will receive a 30-hour OSHA for General Industry certification upon completion of the course.
Wind Technician 2
10-482-122
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Will give the learner ENSA certification in safe access, rescue, and confined spaces. The learner will review current legislation and requirements for work at height; complete a risk assessment; demonstrate proper rigging techniques for rescue equipment; perform a ladder rescue; perform rescues from a wind turbine nacelle, hub and glade; perform a self-rescue; complete a confined space permit; assemble and test a respirator; and use a monitor to test air quality.
Pneumatics 2
10-620-163
1Credit
Covers the different types of valves and pilot devices. This course concludes by analyzing how actuators and components control various types of pneumatic circuits. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Pneumatics 1 (10620162)
Hydraulics 2
10-620-155
1Credit
Examines the theory of pumps, actuators and various types of valves. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Hydraulics 1 (10620154)
Hydraulics 3
10-620-156
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Examines accessory components of a hydraulic system. This course concludes with the analysis of several hydraulic circuits. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Hydraulics 2 (10620155)
Programmable Logic Controllers 1
10-609-173
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers PLC I/O configuration, ladder diagram networks, latches, timers, counters, comparing and forcing concepts. Hands-on labs use the Allen Bradley SLC-500 series controllers.
Coreq: Ladder Logic and Control Devices (10609170)
AC Circuits 1
10-660-114
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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)
AC Circuits 2
10-660-115
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers reactive properties of series and parallel RC, RL and RLC circuits. Topics include reactance, phase angle and fundamental AC power concepts such as power triangle and power factor. Circuit quantities are determined using triangular analysis. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: AC Circuits 1 (10660114); OR for students active in Electrical Engineering (106621) or Electronic Engineering (106057) AC Circuits 1 (10660114) AND College Tech Math 2 (10804116) OR College Algebra and Trig w Apps (10804197)
Ladder Logic and Control Devices
10-609-170
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Introduces ladder logic diagrams used to document power control networks. Discrete industrial devices are also studied including switches, contactors, relays, timers, and motor starters. Students will design, construct, and troubleshoot ladder logic circuitry following safe working procedures. Memory addressing schemes and PLC hardware of an Allen-Bradley SLC-500 is introduced. Students taking this course should have a working knowledge of DC and AC circuits.
Electrical Motors-DC
10-620-171
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Evaluates the operation of DC motors such as the series, shunt, and compound motors. Various types of servo motors are also examined. Laboratory activities reinforce the theory. A working knowledge of electronics is recommended.
Prereq: DC Circuits 2 (10660111)
Electrical Motors-AC
10-620-172
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers the operation of single-phase and three-phase AC motors. Laboratory activities are performed to reinforce the theory.
Prereq: AC Circuits 1 (10660114); Electrical Generators & Power Dist Systems (10620170) recommended
Small Turbine Maintenance/Site Assessment
10-482-132
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Prepares the learner for servicing a variety of small wind turbines. Participants will climb and inspect towers, torque fasteners, check lubrication in gearboxes, add grease to moving and exposed parts, verify good electrical connections, and perform an overall "system check" on a wind energy system as part of routine maintenance. Covers techniques and details involved in a thorough site assessment using industry quality standards.
Wind Technician 3
10-482-124
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Certifies the learner in torque techniques through Snap-On Tools. The student will apply safe and proper technique with use of a click-type torque wrench, dial-type torque wrench, torque screwdriver, torque adapter, and torque extensions; verify appropriate torque techniques on electronic test bench; apply proper technique with the Techangle wrench; and demonstrate safe and proper torque technique using the Hytorc equipment.
Mechanical Linkages 1
10-620-160
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers the mechanical theory of various linkages such as levers, four-bar mechanisms, shaft couplings and alignment. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
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)
Mechanical Linkages 2
10-620-161
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers the theory and application of lubrication principles, plain bearings and roller element bearings. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Mechanical Linkages 1 (10620160)
Mechanical Drives 1
10-620-177
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers the principles, operation, maintenance and configurations of belt and chain drives. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Mechanical Linkages 1 (10620160)
Mechanical Drives 2
10-620-178
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers the principles, operation, maintenance and configuration of gears, gearing and power transmission. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Mechanical Drives 1 (10620177)
Servomechanisms 1
10-620-173
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Introduces the servomechanism systems used to operate many types of automated systems. The concepts and elements of open and closed-loop systems are covered. On/off and PID control modes are also presented. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Prereq: Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 1 (10620192); PLC 2 (10628152)
Servomechanisms 2
10-620-174
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Feedback sensing devices are introduced, and the operation of position and velocity control systems is studied. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Servomechanisms 1 (10620173)
PLC 3
10-628-153
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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)
PLC 4
10-628-154
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Introduces the IEC 61131-3 compatible languages within Studio 5000. Students are introduced to Structured Text (ST), Sequential Function Charts (SFC), and Function Block Diagrams (FBD). Additionally, students learn remote I/O.
Coreq: PLC 3 (10628153)
PLC 5
10-628-155
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Introduces motion programming within Studio 5000. Students will configure, tune, program, and troubleshoot a complete motion control system. The course will cover homing, moving, jogging, and coordinated axis instructions of a motion device. The course introduces advanced PLC to PLC communication, advanced data types, and using Add-On instructions.
Coreq: PLC 4 (10628154)
Wind Technician 4
10-482-126
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Strengthens the electromechanical skills of the learner by reviewing arc flash requirements, power quality, power factor correction, transformer calculations, and electrical distribution and transmission systems. Students will explore drive trains used in wind turbines; analyze the causes and results of gear failures; demonstrate proper techniques for gearbox and generator alignment; and compare and contrast synchronous and induction generators.
Wind Technician 5
10-482-128
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Will have the learner working with data collected from wind energy systems at LTC using Microsoft Excel, wind energy calculators, and MET tower software. Participants will determine energy production, wind speeds, and wind direction; produce power curves; calculate wind shear; analyze rotor wash, estimate availability and capacity factor of a wind system; estimate payback and return on investment for wind systems, and create charts and graphs to summarize the data.
DC/AC Variable Speed Drives
10-609-172
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Covers operational controls, characteristics and drive functionality. Laboratory activities involve drive setup and wiring as well as safe troubleshooting and testing practices. A working knowledge of electronics is recommended.
Prereq: Ladder Logic & Control Devices (10609170 OR 10660170); Coreq: Electrical Motors (10609171 OR 10620172)
Electrical Safety, Industry
10-609-101
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Describes hazards of electrical work and basic approaches to working safely. Students learn skills to recognize, evaluate and control electrical hazards. Includes personnel protective equipment and how to perform construction tasks safely. Introduces OSHA mandated Lockout/Tagout procedures and prepares learners for additional safety training.
System Troubleshooting
10-620-188
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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)

General Studies (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
College Technical Math 1A
10-804-113
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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.
College Technical Math 1B
10-804-114
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Continuation of College Technical Mathematics 1A. Topics include: performing operations on polynomials; solving quadratic and rational equations; formula rearrangement; solving systems of equations; and oblique 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: College Technical Math 1A (10804113)
General Physics 1
10-806-154
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. Presents the application and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem-solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include unit conversion and analysis, vectors, translational and rotational kinematics, translational and rotational dynamics, heat and temperature, and harmonic motion and waves.
Prereq: College Technical Math 1 (10804115) or College Technical Math 1A (10804113) or Math-Technical Basic (10804125) or Math-Technical 1 (10804121) or instructor consent
Written Communication
10-801-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. 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
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
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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