Wind Energy

Associate of Applied Science Degree

2012-2013 academic year

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in wind energy technology. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 79 Credit Hours.


Required Core Courses

Core 64 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
WIND 1010 Basic Electricity
Fundamental electrical theory including electrical components and their effects on AC and DC circuits. Covers electrical measurement with emphasis on circuit analysis using Ohm's law, circuit testing equipment, and the use of each instrument.
3
WIND 1020 Basic Electricity Lab
Includes practical application of safe work practices in building series and parallel circuits as used in the building industry. Includes utilizing digital meters and related test equipment in a live work setting.
2
WIND 1058 Electrical and Operations Safety for Wind Energy
Basic study of the electrical safety guidelines for wind industry.
3
WIND 1080 Wind Energy Fundamentals
Introduction to how wind works, its reliability, and its economic, environmental and political issues. Introduces the various applications and the basic principles of wind energy systems. The course will cover the past and the future of the wind industry.
3
WIND 1085 Wind Energy Fundamentals Lab
Basic study of safety, equipment safety, structural awareness, environmental hazards, fall protection, non-climbing techniques, rescue plans, and physical demands for wind technician.
2
WIND 1090 Wind Turbine Systems
This course will cover the interconnection issues, system interaction and protection, technical challenges, safety issues, and metering associated with renewable resource generation. The course will provide knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of electrical power systems. This course will also cover construction operation and control of wind systems, their management and planning, operation and control, systems management and correction.
3
WIND 1095 Wind Turbine Systems Lab
The lab will cover hands on training with the various mechanisms of a wind turbine. Students will understand and follow all safety standards related to wind turbine systems.
1
WIND 1155 Mechanical Systems for Wind Energy
This course is an introduction to the form and function of mechanical systems. The emphasis for this course will be on power transmission, lubrication, safety procedures, maintenance, and repair of mechanical equipment and systems.
3
WIND 1230 Motor Control
Practical source on various circuits commonly used to control electrical motors, including practice in troubleshooting and wiring control circuits in a laboratory situation.
2
WIND 1240 Motor Control Lab
Practical application in constructing circuits used to control motors. Includes troubleshooting and repair of motor control systems in a lab setting.
2
WIND 1255 Blueprint Reading
Study of electrical and structural blueprints used in the wind industry. Course includes creating a materials list and cost estimates for constructing wind turbines. Students will also learn how to use a CAD program to blueprint electrical and electromechanical devices used in the operation of wind turbines.
2
WIND 1300 Cooperative Internship I
Work-study program for in-depth instruction on the job. The college gives both related and vocational instruction before and-or during this period, including seminars directly related to the work experience. These experiences are planned and supervised by the college and employers so that each contributes to the student's education and employability. First year completion of the Wind Energy program classes with a minimum GPA of 2.0 required.
8
WIND 2045 Programmable Logic Controllers
Students will understand the relationship of Programmable Logic Controllers, software programming, and communication protocols to various control systems. Students will engage in common programming techniques, and demonstrate safe programming standards.
4
WIND 2050 Fluid Fundamentals
The study of fluid characteristics, the operations of valves, pumps and cylinders, and the basic steps in hydraulic troubleshooting.
2
WIND 2060 Fluid Fundamentals Lab
Practical application in the safe use of high pressure hydraulic fluids. Students will also work as a team to draw and construct a simple hydraulic circuit, analyze a hydraulic system and demonstrate the use of flow control components.
2
WIND 2070 Wind Electronics II Theory
Students will understand the relationship of various electronic components and devices. Various circuit configurations will demonstrate the effects components have on each other.
2
WIND 2075 Wind Electronics II Lab
Students will utilize various test equipment and demonstrate safe practices. The labs will demonstrate, with multiple circuits, the effects various components have on each other.
2
WIND 2080 Generator Theory
Fundamental generator theory will emphasize the basic construction and components of a generator. Students will understand the theory of magnet flux and how it affects generator performance.
2
WIND 2085 Generator Lab
Student will assemble and disassemble a small scale generator with safe work practices. Various testing equipment will be demonstrated.
1
WIND 2090 Airfoils and Composite Repair
This course will enable the student to understand the construction, design and repair of turbine components. This course will also cover the moving/transportation of wind turbines blades. Students will understand common industry terms used in the manufacturing and repair of wind turbine blades. Student will also be exposed to traditional and the latest repairing techniques.
2
WIND 2110 Control Systems
Students will understand the various industrial control systems that utilize advanced electrical and electronic components and devices such as sensors, relays, proximity switches and controllers.
3
WIND 2260 Climbing Safety Lab
Students will practice with proper protective equipment for climbing, proper safety for climbing, and be familiar with rescue techniques and situations.
1
WIND 2270 Data Communication and Acquisition
Students will have an understanding of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and relate the information to wind energy efficiency.
4
WIND 2280 Wind Turbine Siting
Student will understand the proper placement of individual wind turbines as well as wind farm sites. This course will cover basic principals of how to find the best site and if it is suitable for wind energy production both large and small scale. Topics that will be covered are, physical restrictions, political issues, financing, institutional concerns, wind turbine noise, shadow flicker, proper placement near the electric grid, proper spacing of turbines, and environmental issues associated with wind turbines.
3
WIND 2290 Power Generation and Distribution
Students will have an introduction to the generation of electrical power with a wind turbine generator moving that power through a transmission system to a substation. This course will cover the aspects of working with substations, voltage regulations, capacitors, and experience in a substation. This course will also cover substation grounding, substation inspection for maintenance, switching orders of high voltage circuits, installations of high side fuses. Student will experience making terminations on underground high voltage cable.
2

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 2 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PSYC 1000 Human Relations
Exposure to practical information from psychology for use in everyday human relations and to improve communication skills.
2

Combination of Oral and Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BSAD 2050 Business Communications
Development of both oral and written communicative skills. Students will be able to organize and present effective presentations gaining audience rapport and sending appropriate nonverbal messages as well as formulate effective letters, memos, and reports for business and industry.
3

Mathematics 3-6 Credit Hours

must meet math requirement for program of study
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1020 Applied Mathematics I
Begins development of math skills for success in specific vocational and technical fields with major emphasis on problem solving through numerical methods using a scientific calculator and graphing. The major topics include numeration and operations, measurement, number representation, and formulas. Designed for students in building construction, drafting, electrician, industrial maintenance, utility line, and welding or machinist.
3
MATH 1060 Applied Mathematics II
Continuation of MATH 1020 developing skills in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry for success in specific vocational and technical fields. Numerical methods presented in MATH 1020 are supplemented by geometric methods. Use of a scientific calculator still plays a prominent role in the course. The topics to be covered include algebraic operations and properties, equations and formulas, graphing, geometry and constructions, and trigonometry.
3

Science or Technology 2-5 Credit Hours

select from list or any other Natural Science course
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
INFO 1000 Basic Computer Applications
An introduction to basic computer operations using personal computers operating in a Windows environment. Students learn to use the computer to create and edit word processing and spreadsheet documents and use the Internet as a resource for information.
2

Social Science 2 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECON 1010 Personal and Business Finance
Covers the basic principles needed for effective personal and business finance management, including the practical applications of budgeting, credit, insurance, taxes, along with business overhead, break-even analysis, and return on investment.
2

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