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Wind Energy Technology

10-482-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 57 Credits Financial Aid Eligible 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 (39 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)
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)
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.
Fluid Power 1
10-620-111
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Provides an introduction to fundamental principles and laws of fluid power. 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)
Fluid Power 2
10-620-112
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Introduces intermediate fluid power systems. Students examine how fluid power components operate and how they interact within fluid power systems. This course will primarily deal with hydraulic systems. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Fluid Power 1 (10620111)
DC Circuits 3
10-660-112
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)
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.
Small Turbine Maintenance/Site Assessment
10-482-132
1Credit
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.
Energy Introduction
10-482-110
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Provides the learner with an overview of electrical energy generation and distribution and their relationship to the Wind industry. Applications and tours include electricity from the following modes: wind, photovoltaic, coal-fired, hydro, and natural gas. Careers for wind maintenance technicians and associated careers are explored.
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)
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)
Fluid Power 3
10-620-113
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Introduces intermediate fluid power systems. Examine how fluid power components operate and how they interact with fluid power systems. This course will primarily deal with pneumatic systems. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Fluid Power 2 (10620112)
Fluid Power 4
10-620-114
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Provides an introduction to advanced fluid power systems. Students examine advanced components and controls within a fluid power system. Laboratory activities are performed to verify the theory.
Coreq: Fluid Power 3 (10620113)
PLC 1
10-628-151
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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)
Electrical Power Distribution 1
10-620-131
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Introduces electrical work hazards and basic safe work practices. Students learn to recognize, evaluate, and control electrical hazards, and OSHA Lockout/Tagout procedures and NFPA 70E safety training are introduced.
Coreq: Ladder Logic and Control Devices (10660170)
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.
NEC Codes
10-413-104
1Credit
18
36
18 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Introduces the student to National Electric Codes NFPA 70. Prepares the learner to apply NFPA 70 to motor and control installations and repairs.
Wind Systems Networking
10-482-133
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Introduces the wind technician to the applications of SCADA, SCADA control processes, remote connections of generation assets, remote monitoring and remote control, IP addressing, installing and removing programs on PC's, downloading programs on PLC's, proper removal and replacement of communication and control components, as well as connecting to various components for troubleshooting, testing, and component addressing.
Elements of Machines 1
10-620-164
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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: Fluid Power 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
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. 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)
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.
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)
Semiconductors 2
10-660-129
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Introduces students to transistor operation as a switch, SCR, Triac, and Operational Amplifier operation and application.
Coreq: Semiconductors 1 (10660128)

General Studies (18 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.
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
Math & Logic
10-804-133
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Students will apply mathematical problem solving techniques. Topics will include symbolic logic, sets, algebra, Boolean algebra, and number bases.
Prereq: Arith – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 65+, Next Gen 263+, ACT Math 18+ OR Arith Prep 10834109 OR College Tech Math 1A 10804113 OR 10804115 College Tech Math 1 OR not in a program
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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