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Wind Energy Technology Program Code 104821

Associate Degree

A Lakeshore Technical College program offered at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For information call Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is eligible for financial aid ONLY through Lakeshore Technical College.

The wind energy industry is the fastest growing segment of renewable energy production. The U.S. and Canadian commercial wind farms are experiencing annual growth of 25 percent. Employers seek skilled technicians for operation and maintenance activities in local wind farm settings. There is also intense demand for upper-level technicians within U.S. and international wind turbine manufacturers; these include: installation technician, quality control technician, and warranty and commissioning technicians.
Operation and maintenance positions remain with a given wind farm location; other technicians travel extensively with the development of new wind farms and repair/retrofitting of wind farms around the world.

Employment Potential

. Wind Turbine Technician/Mechanic/Tower Climber

. Installation Technician

. Operation and Maintenance Technician

. Wind Farm Maintenance Manager

About Shared Programs

. Contact Lakeshore Technical College for all Benchmarks.
. Limited space available for enrollment.
. Summer courses are only offered at LTC.
. Students can take NWTC courses without being enrolled in the program.
. NWTC will offer live courses on our campus, exceptions: courses noted with (*) are LTC Broadcast Captioning to NWTC-GB and courses noted (**) are only offered at LTC.

Program Outcomes

. Install, test, service and repair wind turbine components.
. Troubleshoot and maintain control and PLC systems.
. Troubleshoot and maintain SCADA systems.
. Wear PPE for climbing and identify safety practices for climbing.
. Practice safe wind turbine tower climbing skills.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application at Lakeshore Technical College - or (888) 468-6582.


The Wind Energy Technology Associate Degree is a two-year six-semester collaborative program between Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students will attend classes on the Green Bay campus during the fall and spring semesters and will take part in summer semester courses at LTC. Students following the study plan below will complete the Wind Energy Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.


10-482-120 Wind Technician 1
10-482-130 Energy-Intro to Wind
10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
10-620-165 Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics
10-660-101 Digital 1: Logic
10-660-104 DC 1: Introduction
10-660-105 DC 2: Circuits
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps

10-413-110 Energy Introduction to
10-480-101 Energy-Intro Renew & Sustain
10-482-132 Wind Technician 2
10-620-121 Mechanics 1: Basic
10-449-113 Wind Technician Health & Sfty
10-620-166 Fluids 4: Advanced Hydraulics
10-660-102 Digital 2: Sequential
10-660-107 AC 1: Properties
10-660-108 AC 2: Reactance
10-660-110 Electronics 1: Diodes-Basic
10-664-100 Automation 1: Control Logic
10-664-101 Automation 2: Motor Control
10-664-102 Automation 3: PLC
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps

10-482-132 Small Turbine Maint Assessment
10-482-103 Wind Farm Internship

10-482-124 Wind Technician 3
10-605-158 Power Electronics 2: Drives
10-620-122 Mechanics 2: Intermediate
10-620-123 Mechanics 3: Systems
10-620-161 Power Electricity 1: Motors
10-664-103 Automation 4: PLC
10-664-104 Automation 5: PLC
10-664-160 Control 1: Discrete Systems
10-664-161 Control 2: Servo Systems-Intro
10-664-162 Control 3: Servo Motion Prog
10-801-136 English Composition 1
10-806-143 College Physics 1

10-442-109 Wind Turbine Struc Weld Inspec

10-482-126 Wind Technician 4
10-482-128 Wind Technician 5
10-664-105 Automation 6: PLC
10-664-151 Automation 8: HMI
10-664-163 Control 4: Servo System Camm
10-664-164 Control 5: Servo System Regist
10-664-165 Control 6: Process Control
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology



These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.

10-413-110 ENERGY INTRODUCTION TO ...provides participants with an overview of electrical energy generation and distribution. Topics include electricity from the following systems: photovoltaic, wind, coal-fired, hydro, and natural gas. Career awareness for maintenance technicians and plant operators is explored.

10-442-109 WIND TURBINE STRUCTURAL WELD INSPECTION ...provides wind energy students with theory and practice to perform structural weld assessments on towers and turbine components. Topics include part location from prints, visual inspection, weld theory, fault determination, documentation, and action items. (Prerequisite: 10-482-130, Energy-Intro to Wind and 10-482-001, Wind Technician 1 Lab)

10-449-113 WIND TECHNICIAN HEALTH & SAFETY ...familiarizes students with the Federal Safety and Health Regulations (OSHA) related to the wind power industry. It introduces the student to proper methods and procedures to eliminate and control hazards 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.

10-482-120 WIND TECHNICIAN 1 LAB ...prepares the learner for work at heights. 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 heights; demonstrate safe climbing methods; demonstrate proper "ground crew" working habits; and tie basic rigging knots.

10-482-132 WIND TECHNICIAN 2 ...will give the learner ENSA certification in safe access, rescue and confined spaces. The learner will review current legislation and requirements for work at heights; 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.

10-482-124 WIND TECHNICIAN 3 ...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.

10-482-126 WIND TECHNICIAN 4 ...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.

10-482-128 WIND TECHNICIAN 5 ...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 investment for wind systems, and create charts and graphs to summarize the data.

10-482-008 SMALL TURBINE MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENT ...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. Travel is required. (Prerequisite: 10-482-001, Wind Technician 1 Lab)

10-482-103 WIND FARM INTERNSHIP ...will allow learners to develop skill portfolios through hands-on training in the installation, maintenance and/or troubleshooting of wind energy systems. Students will work with their employers to ensure safe and proper techniques while working on and around wind turbines and fine-tuning their electromechanical skills. Internship opportunities vary in availability and location throughout the United States. Travel is required.

10-482-130 ENERGY-INTRO TO WIND overview of the basics of wind energy. Topics will include wind resources, basic system components, system types, turbine types, applications and tower types.

10-605-158 POWER ELECTRONICS 2: DRIVES ...power circuitry of AC and DC drives and basic setup and application of an industrial DC and AC drives to DC and AC motors.

10-620-100 FLUIDS 1: BASIC PNEUMATICS ...what fluid power is, differentiate between hydraulics and pneumatics, implement basic pneumatic circuits, utilize schematics, apply Pascal's Law, define properties of fluids, implement airflow control and hydraulics cylinder circuits.

10-620-101 FLUIDS 2: BASIC HYDRAULICS ...hydraulic pumps, basic hydraulics actuator circuits, hydraulic schematics, apply Pascal's Law, summarize the effects of fluids friction, define properties of hydraulic energy, design hydraulic circuits with directional control valves. (Corequisite: 10-620-100, Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics)

10-620-121 MECHANICS 1: BASIC ...mechanical drive system components related to V-belt drives, chain drives, and gear drives.

10-620-122 MECHANICS 2: INTERMEDIATE ...mechanical drive system components related to multiple shaft drives, heavy-duty V-belt drives, synchronous belt drives, lubrication, and alignment. (Corequisite: 10-620-121, Mechanics 1: Basic)

10-620-123 MECHANICS 3: SYSTEMS ...application of correct couplings to mechanical systems, heavy-duty chain drives, maintenance of brakes and clutches, selection of brake/clutch mechanisms, and specification of linear ball bushings and ball screw drives. (Prerequisite: 10-620-122, Mechanics 2: Intermediate)

10-620-140 MACHINE WIRING AND SAFETY ...introduction to machine wiring, including basic documentation, labeling, and wiring practices; an overview of NFPA 70 machinery, safety and installation standards.

10-620-161 POWER ELECTRICITY 1: MOTORS ...DC motors and generator configuration, shunt, compound, and permanent magnet DC motor performance and characteristics.

10-620-165 FLUIDS 3: INTERMEDIATE HYDRAULICS of cylinder actuating circuits with pressure-compensated flow control valves, how to control pressure, pilot-operated check valve applications, accumulator operation and application, hydraulic motor types and applications. (Corequisite: 10-620-101, Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics)

10-620-166 FLUIDS 4: ADVANCED HYDRAULICS ...components of hydraulic pump power, characteristics of fluid conductors, issues of hydraulic system maintenance, basics of hydraulic flow and pressure in pipelines, design a hydraulic system from a specification.

10-660-101 DIGITAL 1: LOGIC ...AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, logic operation using switch logic, ladder logic, and gate logic. Simplification methods using Boolean theorems and Karnaugh Maps, and timing diagram analysis.

10-660-102 DIGITAL 2: SEQUENTIAL ...operation and connection of latches, RS flip-flops, JK flip-flops, and D flip-flops using timing diagram analysis, and some simple applications are studied. (Corequisite: 10-660-101, Digital 1: Logic)

10-660-104 DC 1: INTRODUCTION ...introduction to the concepts of DC electricity and simple series circuits. Voltage, current, resistance, Ohm's Law, power and Kirchoff's Voltage Law are defined.

10-660-105 DC 2: CIRCUITS ...analysis of parallel and series-parallel circuits. Application of Kirchoff's Current Law to parallel circuit combinations. Introduction of current sources and source conversions. (Corequisites: 10-804-118, Interim Algebra w Apps OR equivalent; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro)

10-660-107 AC 1: PROPERTIES ...introduction to the properties of capacitors and inductors including types and behavior in switching circuits. Inductor basics include a study of magnetic fields. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-804-196, Trigonometry w Apps)

10-660-108 AC 2: REACTANCE of the way inductive, capacitive and resistive components behave in a circuit excited by a sine waveform. Effective and average values of the sinewave are derived. (Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-660-110 ELECTRONICS 1: DIODES-BASIC ...introduction to the characteristics and usage of semiconductor diodes in rectifiers and linear power supplies. Special diodes and diode circuits are also considered. (Prerequisite: 10-660-105, DC 2: Circuits; Corequisite: 10-660-107, AC 1: Properties)

10-664-100 AUTOMATION 1: CONTROL LOGIC ...electric motor control components such as switches, relays, starters, transformers; and safely mount and install motor and motor control components and perform related wiring and troubleshooting of motor control circuits.

10-664-101 AUTOMATION 2: MOTOR CONTROL ...electric motor control components such as sensors, timers and counters. (Corequisite: 10-664-100, Automation 1: Control Logic)

10-664-102 AUTOMATION 3: PLC ...basic programmable logic controller programming and troubleshooting.

10-664-103 AUTOMATION 4: PLC ...troubleshooting a PLC system, applying Event Sequencing, developing PLC applications, applying timer instructions and counter instructions. (Corequisite: 10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC)

10-664-104 AUTOMATION 5: PLC ...application, troubleshooting, and implementation of program control, math and data move instructions, analog I/O modules, and producing a PLC program from specification. (Corequisite: 10-664-103, Automation 4: PLC)

10-664-105 AUTOMATION 6: PLC ...programming a PLC system to operate a discrete and analog process adhering to a functional specification or timing diagram. (Co-requisite: 10-664-104, Automation 5: PLC)

10-664-151 AUTOMATION 8: HMI ...the functions of Human Machine Interface, Operator Interface Terminal software and generation of PLC program and screens adhering to written specification using Operator Interface Terminal and PLC software. (Corequisite: 10-664-105, Automation 6: PLC)

10-664-160 CONTROL 1: DISCRETE SYSTEMS ...applications and utilization of digital input and output devices through connection to and programming of PLC's. (Prerequisite: 10-664-101, Automation 2; 10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC)

10-664-161 CONTROL 2: INTRODUCTION TO SERVO SYSTEMS ...introduction to components and operational functions of servo systems. Control of servo systems using PLC programming. (Corequisite: 10-664-160, Control 1: Discrete Systems)

10-664-162 CONTROL 3: SERVO MOTION SYSTEMS ...creation of PLC programming to complete basic motion tasks. (Corequisite: 10-664-161, Control 2: Introduction to Servo Systems)

10-664-163 CONTROL 4: SERVO SYSTEM CAMMING ...introduction to components and operational functions of servo systems. Camming control of servo systems using PLC programming (Co-requisite: 10-664-162, Control 3: Servo Motion Programming).

10-664-164 CONTROL 5: SERVO SYSTEM REGISTRATION ...registration control of servo systems using PLC programming. (Co-requisite: 10-664-163, Control 4: Servo Systems Camming)

10-664-165 CONTROL 6: PROCESS CONTROL ...specification, calibration and application of process control devices using PLC programming. (Co-requisite: 10-664-164, control 5: Servo System Registration)

10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS ...algebra content with applications. Topics include properties of real numbers, order of operations, algebraic solution for linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomial and rational expressions, operations with rational exponents and radicals, algebra of inverse, logarithmic and exponential functions. (Prerequisites: Compass Algebra = 45 or ACT-Math 21 or 10-834-110, Elem Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass-Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 cr.

10-804-196 TRIGONOMETRY WITH APPLICATIONS ...topics include circular functions, graphing of trigonometry functions, identities, equations, trigonometric functions of angles, inverse functions, solutions of triangles complex numbers, DeMoivre's Theorem, polar coordinates, and vectors. (Prerequisites: Compass College Algebra=60 or ACT-Math=24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-143 COLLEGE PHYSICS 1 ...presents the applications and theory of basic physics principles. This course emphasizes problem solving, laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include laboratory safety, unit conversions and analysis, kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, and heat. (Prerequisites: Compass Reading=77 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND Compass Pre-Algebra=27 OR ACT Math=15 OR 10-834-109, Pre-Algebra w “C” or better or equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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