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Wind Energy Technology - Associate Degree

Program Code: 104821

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. Within U.S. and international wind turbine manufacturers, there is also intense demand for upper-level technicians including installation technicians, quality control technicians, and warranty and commissioning technicians. Operation and maintenance positions remain with wind farm locations; other technicians travel extensively with the development of new wind farms and repair/retrofitting of wind farms around the world.

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Employment Potential

• Wind Turbine Technician/Mechanic/Tower Climber

• Installation Technician

• Operation and Maintenance Technician

• Wind Farm Maintenance Manager

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application at Lakeshore Technical College - www.gotoltc.edu or (888) 468-6582.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
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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
LTC 10-482-120 Wind Technician 1 Lab 1
10-482-130
Energy-Intro to Wind
3
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.
10-620-100
Fluids 1: Basic Pneumatics
1
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
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-620-165
Fluids 3: Inter Hydraulics
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-660-101
Digital 1: Logic
1
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.
10-660-104
DC 1: Introduction
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-660-105
DC 2: Circuits
1
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 10-804-113, College Tech Math 1A; 10-660-104, DC 1: Intro) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-804-118
Interm Algebra w Apps
4
10-804-118 INTERM ALGEBRA W APPS...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 Elementary Algebra=61 or ACT-Math =21 or 10-834-110, Elementary Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
SECOND SEMESTER
10-413-110
Energy Introduction to
2
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. Course Typically Offered: At host campus only
10-449-113
Wind Technician Health & Sfty
2
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. (Prerequisite: 10-482-101 Wind Systems Introduction To) Course Typically Offered: At host campus only
LTC 10-482-122 Wind Technician 2 1
10-620-121
Mechanics 1: Basic
1
10-620-121 MECHANICS 1: BASIC ...mechanical drive system components related to V-belt drives, chain drives, and gear drives. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-620-140
Machine Wiring and Safety
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-620-166
Fluids 4: Advanced Hydraulics
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-660-102
Digital 2: Sequential
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-660-107
AC 1: Properties
1
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 OR 10-804-114, College Tech Math 1B) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-660-108
AC 2: Reactance
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-660-110
Electronics 1: Diodes-Basic
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-100
Automation 1: Control Logic
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-101
Automation 2: Motor Control
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-102
Automation 3: PLC
1
10-664-102 AUTOMATION 3: PLC ...basic programmable logic controller programming and troubleshooting. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-804-196
Trigonometry w Apps
3
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 College Level Math=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 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SUMMER SEMESTER
LTC 10-482-132 Turbine Maint Assessment 2
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10-482-103
Wind Farm Internship
2
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. Course Typically Offered: At host campus only
SEMESTER TOTAL
2
THIRD SEMESTER
10-103-131
Micro: Excel-Intro
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
LTC 10-482-124 Wind Technician 3 1
10-605-158
Power Electronics 2: Drives
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-620-122
Mechanics 2: Intermediate
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-620-123
Mechanics 3: Systems
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-620-161
Power Electricity 1: Motors
1
10-620-161 POWER ELECTRICITY 1: MOTORS ...DC motors and generator configuration, shunt, compound, and permanent magnet DC motor performance and characteristics. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-103
Automation 4: PLC
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-104
Automation 5: PLC
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-160
Control 1: Discrete Systems
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-664-161
Control 2: Servo Systems-Intro
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-664-162
Control 3: Servo Motion Prog
1
10-664-162 CONTROL 3: SERVO MOTION SYSTEMS ...creation of PLC programming to complete basic motion tasks. (Corequisite: 10-664-161, Control 2: Servo Systems-Intro) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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 =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-806-143
College Physics 1
3
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 Elem Algebra=61 or ACT-Math score=21 or 10-834-110, Elementary Algebra w/Apps with "C" or better AND Accuplacer Reading=80 or ACT-Reading=17 or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
LTC 10-482-126 Wind Technician 4 3
LTC 10-482-128 Wind Technician 5 2
10-664-105
Automation 6: PLC
1
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. (Corequisite: 10-664-104, Automation 5: PLC) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-664-151
Automation 8: HMI
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-163
Control 4: Servo System Camm
1
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 (Corequisite: 10-664-162, Control 3: Servo Motion Programming) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-164
Control 5: Servo System Regist
1
10-664-164 CONTROL 5: SERVO SYSTEM REGISTRATION ...registration control of servo systems using PLC programming. (Corequisite: 10-664-163, Control 4: Servo Systems Camming) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-664-165
Control 6: Process Control
1
10-664-165 CONTROL 6: PROCESS CONTROL ...specification, calibration and application of process control devices using PLC programming. (Corequisite: 10-664-164, Control 5: Servo System Registration) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
67
Curriculum Note
. The class dates and times for the following courses may be rescheduled due to inclement weather:
Wind Technician 1 Lab
Wind Technician Health and Safety
Wind Technician 2 Lab
Turbine Maintenance/Site Assessment
Wind Farm Internship
Wind Technician 3 Lab
Wind Technician 4
Wind Technician 5
. Students must be within safe-climbing, unequipped body weight of 100 to 275 pounds

Program Outcomes

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

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