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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%. 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.

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 - www.gotoltc.edu or (888) 468-6582.

Curriculum

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.

FIRST SEMESTER

*10-413-110 Energy Introduction to
2
10-482-130 Energy-Intro to Wind
3
10-620-100 Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
1
10-620-101 Fluids 2: Basic Hydraulics
1
10-620-165 Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics
1
10-660-101 Digital 1: Logic
1
10-660-104 DC 1: Introduction
1
10-660-105 DC 2: Circuits
1
10-804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
4
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
SECOND SEMESTER

10-620-121 Mechanics 1: Basic
1
10-620-140 Machine Wiring and Safety
1
10-620-166 Fluids 4: Advanced Hydraulics
1
10-660-102 Digital 2: Sequential
1
10-660-107 AC 1: Properties
1
10-660-108 AC 2: Reactance
1
10-660-110 Electronics 1: Diodes-Basic
1
10-664-100 Automation 1: Control Logic
1
10-664-101 Automation 2: Motor Control
1
10-664-102 Automation 3: PLC
1
*** 10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-804-196 Trigonometry w Apps
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SUMMER SEMESTER

**10-449-113 Wind Technician Health & Sfty
2
**10-482-120 Wind Technician 1 Lab
1
**10-482-122 Wind Technician 2
1
**10-482-124 Wind Technician 3
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
5
THIRD SEMESTER

10-103-131 Micro: Excel-Intro
1
10-605-158 Power Electronics 2: Drives
1
10-620-122 Mechanics 2: Intermediate
1
10-620-123 Mechanics 3: Systems
1
10-620-161 Power Electricity 1: Motors
1
10-664-103 Automation 4: PLC
1
10-664-104 Automation 5: PLC
1
10-664-160 Control 1: Discrete Systems
1
10-664-161 Control 2: Process Systems
1
10-664-162 Control 3: Motion Systems
1
10-806-143 College Physics 1
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-664-105 Automation 6: PLC
1
10-664-151 Automation 8: HMI
1
10-664-163 Control 4: Drive Performance
1
10-664-164 Control 5: Servo Systems
1
10-664-165 Control 6: Servo Systems
1
10-801-197 Technical Reporting
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
SUMMER SEMESTER

**10-442-109 Wind Turbine Struc Weld Inspec
1
**10-482-126 Wind Technician 4
3
**10-482-128 Wind Technician 5
2
**10-482-132 Small Turbine Maint Assessment
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
8

TOTAL CREDITS
71

Curriculum Note
. NWTC will offer live courses on our campus with the following exceptions: courses noted with (*) are LTC Broadcast Captioning to NWTC-GB and courses noted (**) are offered only at LTC.
*** Students completing 10-801-136, English Composition 1 at NWTC must earn a grade of "C" or better to enroll in 10-801-197, Technical Reporting.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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.

10-482-122 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.

10-482-132 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)

10-482-130 ENERGY-INTRO TO WIND ...an 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 ...design 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 ...study 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. (Prerequisite: 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 motion feedback devices, force measurement devices, temperature sensors, and fluid measurement devices. (Prerequisite:10-664-102, Automation 3: PLC OR 10-664-104, Automation 5: PLC)

10-664-161 CONTROL 2: PROCESS SYSTEMS ...Open-loop versus closed-loop systems, industrial control systems, two-position control and its applications, PID control and its applications, and relationship between process response and proper mode of control. (Corequisite: 10-664-160, Control 1: Discrete Systems)

10-664-162 CONTROL 3: MOTION SYSTEMS ...hydraulic and pneumatic proportional/servo valves, servo motors, configuration and programming of an analog motion control system. (Corequisite: 10-664-161, Control 2: Process Systems)

10-664-163 CONTROL 4: DRIVE PERFORMANCE ...DC and AC drive system performance, specification of AC and DC drive control methods for given application, and integration of a drive system into a control network. (Prerequisite: 10-664-161, Control 2: Process Systems)

10-664-164 CONTROL 5: SERVO SYSTEMS ...motion control troubleshooting and fault recovery, advanced motion control programming, integration of motion control system and motion control network. (Corequisite: 10-664-163, Control 4: Drive Performance)

10-664-165 CONTROL 6: SERVO SYSTEMS ...development and verification of motion control components and programming given description of operation, and leading technologies for advanced motion control. (Corequisite: 10-664-164, Control 5: Servo Systems)

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: Accuplacer-Algebra=61 or ACT-Math 21 or 10-834-110, Elem Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better or equivalent AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 4 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 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.

10-804-196 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: Accuplacer-CM=63 or ACT-Math 24 or 10-804-118, Intermediate Alg w/ Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Introduction to Reading & 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: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 OR ACT Math=15 OR 10-834-109, Pre-Algebra w “C” or better or equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-197 TECHNICAL REPORTING ...principles of report writing and correspondence, proposals, feasibility reports, progress reports, investigation reports, evaluation reports, meeting reports, memos, and correspondence. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition I OR 10-801-195, Written Communication with “C” or better) 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 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: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 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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