Wind Turbine Technician

WIND TURBINE TECHNICIAN


Award: Diploma / 60 Credits
Location: Albert Lea  
Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: Two Year
Course Schedules


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Wind Energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world.  The sharp rise in energy consumption along with the concern about dependency on foreign oil, the high price of gasoline and the increasing interest in sustainable resources have fueled the renewable energy industry, of which wind generation is a growing entity.  As the wind energy industry continues to grow the need for employees to service the wind generators and wind turbines will increase.  Like many parts of Minnesota, SE Minnesota is fast becoming a major wind generation market.  In recent years wind farms are cropping up all over southeastern Minnesota with plans for more. 

The Wind Turbine Technician diploma program will offer students a new career path within the Riverland Construction Electrician and Industrial Maintenance and Mechanics Programs.   This new option will give students a choice of training to be an entry-level Construction Electrician, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Electrician and/or now as a Wind Turbine Technician. Wind Turbine Technicians play a key role in ensuring quality, safety and service involving the operation and maintenance of wind turbine units, performing mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, as well as repair and preventative maintenance. Work may include basic circuits, electrical motors and their controls, electronic controls, programmable logic controllers and variable frequency drives. Wind Turbine Technicians install and maintain, repair and replace malfunctioning parts and equipment, transmissions and drives, programmable logic controllers and blade maintenance and repair.

 

A solid background in technical math, computer literacy, problem solving, decision making and troubleshooting abilities, ability to work as a part of a team as well as independently and good reading comprehension are important skills for applicants to this program.

You can look forward to an exceptional learning experience that combines classroom, lab settings and required general education classes.

Employment Outlook

Riverland Wind Turbine Technician graduates will be ready to enter the workforce as entry-level technicians. This trade offers unlimited opportunities in many areas of the country and there are excellent opportunities for advancement. This outstanding Riverland program opens the door to your future in the wind energy industry, especially in the SE, SW and South Central Minnesota regions. Ask your Program Advisor what this can mean for you.

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Wind Turbine Technician Diploma was last updated on 03/04/2011
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Course Sequence Example Plan - Two Year

Fall Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
ELEC1702
Theory I
This course covers the basic concepts of electricity including direct current. The basic study of atomic structure, current and voltage, power conductors, electromagnetic and insulators, and resistance, applications of test meters, circuit theorems, magnetic, and terminology are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)
4.00
ELIM1001
Electrical/Mechanical Safety
This course includes workplace safety practices and procedures for the wind industry. Proper techniques for climbing, overhead safety, and working with mechanical and electrical systems are covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)
2.00
IMMR1770
Bearings and Seals
This course introduces types of bearing and seals. It also covers installation, removal, measurement, and inspections of both bearing and seals. Reasons for premature bearing failures and remedies for these problems are also covered. Lubrication types for different applications are included. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
IMMR1715
Small Tool Usage
This course introduces the study, care, and uses of small tools as they relate to maintenance. This includes precision measuring tools used in a machine shop, micrometers, calipers, etc. Other subjects include the use of hand tools, hacksaws, files, punches, taps and dies, and other mechanical hardware. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
WIND1000
Introduction to Wind Energy
This course is a general introduction to wind turbines including the history and development of the wind energy industry, components of wind turbines, and how they work together to produce energy. An analysis of how the turbine converts wind to electrical power is also covered. Terminology associated with wind energy and the role of the wind turbine technician, how to measure the power in wind, and importance of proper site design of turbine, advantages and disadvantages of the different types of wind turbines, and estimating the total cost involved to produce green energy are discussed. Students research and review the growth and development of large and small wind locally and in the United States to discover the environmental, social, and economic impact of the industry. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00
MATH1020
Technical Math I
This course covers basic mathematics and elements of algebra that will prepare students for success in their specific technical areas. Students will develop their problem solving skills and master mathematical concepts used in specific technical applications. Students will receive a grade for this course. It will not meet MnTC Mathematics and Logical Reasoning requirements for graduation. Prerequisite: A score of 56 or above on the Accuplacer Arithmetic test, a score of 51 or above on the Elementary Algebra test or Math 0540. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 15.00
Spring Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
ELEC1705
Electricial Theory II
This course is an introduction to alternating current (AC) theory including proper use of electrical formulas for algebra and trigonometry that are frequently used in the electrical industry. These include such formulas as voltage drop, power factor, efficiency, and transformer rations. Proper use of meters and oscilloscopes will also be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: ELEC 1702. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00
ELEC1746
Power Electronics
This course introduces the basic theory and operation of solid state semi-conductor devices that are used in industrial electrical/electronic circuits. Electrical test meters and oscilloscopes are used in this class to enhance understanding of the basic electrical and electronic projects. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00
IMMR1760
Introduction to Basic Hydraulics
This course covers basic hydraulic system principles including symbols, pumps, control valves, cylinders, and the reading and drawing of schematics. Disassembly and assembly of hydraulic components are also included. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
WIND1002
Blade Technology
This course introduces an overview of blades utilized in wind turbines for the small and commercial wind industries. Pitch motor and control circuitry involved in blades are detailed. Also included is an overview of design, materials, and types of blades utilized on both small and commercial wind turbines with a focus on how blades are constructed and maintained. Aerodynamics and blade efficiency are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00
IMMR2900
Mechanical Systems, Transmissions, and Drives
This course emphasizes the basic understanding of mechanical drives and transmissions. The inspection of equipment to include gears, bearings, seals, shafts and other mechanical components are covered. These skills are necessary to troubleshoot and diagnose problems that occur within the Wind Turbine field. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
BUSO1620
Introduction to Computer
This course covers basic information about computer hardware and the use of computer software as a business productivity tool, as well as for personal use. Topics covered include the operating system and desktop environment; file and folder management; introduction to spreadsheet procedures; introduction to database creation and file management, fundamental word processing concepts, and presentation graphics. Some basic computer literacy will be covered, such as e-mail etiquette, ethical computing, document attachment to e-mail and use of digital files. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant degrees which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00
Total 17.00
Fall Semester - Second Year
Course # Course Title Credits
ELEC2702
Structured Wiring
This course covers communications and other low-voltage inside wiring techniques and principles. Also covered are different types of cable and wire associated with these systems along with National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)
2.00
ELEC2703
Motor Controls I
This course introduces the basic construction and operation of motor control equipment, including different types of electrical diagrams, protective devices, application and connection of controls for single-phase and three-phase alternating current (AC) motors. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: ELEC 1706. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
ELEC2745
PLC I
This course covers the basic theory, operation, installation and practical application of programmable logic controllers (PLC). Ladder logic, symbols, creating and downloading of programs are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: ELEC 2703 (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
IMMR2735
Preventative Maintenance
This course emphasizes Preventive Maintenance (PM), the value of a good maintenance program, and the returns that can be expected with its implementation. Topics covered include maintenance checklists, PM costs, lost revenue costs, and starting an on-site PM program. The monitoring of equipment includes the use of infrared camera (thermography), laser alignment, vibration analysis, and oil analysis. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisites: IMMR 1715 and IMMR 1770. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
WIND1003
Wiind Turbine Technology
This course introduces basic wind turbine technology and its relationship to overall layout of the tower and novelle. Installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of electrical, electo-mechanical, and electronic equipment and systems are also covered. Technical support manuals, computer maintenance databases, and supervisor control and data acquisition (SCADA) are covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00
Total 15.00
Spring Semester - Second Year
Course # Course Title Credits
GSCM1500
Written Technical Communications
This course is for students majoring in trade and technical occupations and covers the basics of written communications needed for work-related situations. Industry-focused instruction in the areas of sentence structure, paragraph structure, and writing style are included. Students plan, compose, format, edit, proofread, and revise a variety of business communications, including letters, memos, resumes, instructions and short reports. The use of technology, including Internet and library resources, are integrated into the course. (2 Cr - 1 lect. 1 lab)
2.00
ELEC1000
Electrical Motor/Generation and Distribution
This course will cover skills essential to understand the electrical theory of operation, wiring, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of motors, conversion equipment, generation, electrical distribution,transformes used in the Commercial, Industrial and Wind Industry. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00
IMMR2730
Machine Repair
This course introduces the methods used to check and repair machines. The study of vibrations, reverse dial indicating, and using thermal analysis to check machines are covered as well as the process of disassembling and assembly of components. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisites: IMMR 2735. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
IMMR2760
Hydraulics II
This course emphasizes pneumatic and hydraulic systems using hands-on assembly and disassembly of components. Mechatronics trainers are covered. The combination of mechanical, pneumatic, electoral, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC0 gives the student an understanding of what Mechatronics is. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: IMMR 1760. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00
GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations
This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
Total 13.00
Applicants to the Wind Turbine Technician-Alternative Energy Program should have a solid background in basic mathematics. Applicants should also have good reading comprehension skills in the English language. Applicants must meet minimum levels in math and reading comprehension skills before entering any courses in the program. Each applicant will take the CPT test prior to admission to the program to determine levels of math and reading comprehension skills. Applicants must have acceptable scores in both the math and reading comprehension portions of the CPT test or have completed the required developmental courses satisfactorily BEFORE entering the course. Applicants should have the ability to climb 280 foot towers and lift up to 70 lbs and work in confined spaces. Applicants must have the ability to work in extremely adverse weather conditions. 02/25/09
Estimated Tuition
60 cr  x  $197.00 = $11,820.00 
Books: $1500 
Other Costs: contact program advisor 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:
  • Learn hydraulic troubleshooting, and the installation and repair of the components in a hydraulic system.
  • Understand and perform preventive maintenance using a PM schedule.
  • Demonstrate proper safety practices and procedures at all times in the classroom, shop and on the work site.
  • Understand electrical safety and how to work with electrical system.
  • Understand how wind turbine blade systems work in converting wind to mechanical energy.
  • Understand how wind turbines developed and how they are used in the development of renewable energy.

Wind Turbine Technician Faculty & Advisors

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ALBERT LEA CAMPUS
2200 Riverland Dr.
Albert Lea, MN 56007
507-379-3300
AUSTIN CAMPUS
1900 8th Avenue NW
Austin, MN 55912
507-433-0600
OWATONNA COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY CENTER
965 Alexander Drive SW
Owatonna, MN 55060
507-455-5880
Program Notes Applicants to the Wind Turbine Technician-Alternative Energy Program should have a solid background in basic mathematics. Applicants should also have good reading comprehension skills in the English language. Applicants must meet minimum levels in math and reading comprehension skills before entering any courses in the program. Each applicant will take the CPT test prior to admission to the program to determine levels of math and reading comprehension skills. Applicants must have acceptable scores in both the math and reading comprehension portions of the CPT test or have completed the required developmental courses satisfactorily BEFORE entering the course. Applicants should have the ability to climb 280 foot towers and lift up to 70 lbs and work in confined spaces. Applicants must have the ability to work in extremely adverse weather conditions.

Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:
Reading: An Accuplacer score of 52 is recommended.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Riverland Community College program may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

Required Core Courses (52 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
ELEC1000
Electrical Motor/Generation and Distribution
This course will cover skills essential to understand the electrical theory of operation, wiring, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of motors, conversion equipment, generation, electrical distribution,transformes used in the Commercial, Industrial and Wind Industry. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00 ELEC1000
ELEC1702
Theory I
This course covers the basic concepts of electricity including direct current. The basic study of atomic structure, current and voltage, power conductors, electromagnetic and insulators, and resistance, applications of test meters, circuit theorems, magnetic, and terminology are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (4 Cr - 3 lect, 1 lab)
4.00 ELEC1702
ELEC1705
Electricial Theory II
This course is an introduction to alternating current (AC) theory including proper use of electrical formulas for algebra and trigonometry that are frequently used in the electrical industry. These include such formulas as voltage drop, power factor, efficiency, and transformer rations. Proper use of meters and oscilloscopes will also be covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: ELEC 1702. (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00 ELEC1705
ELEC1746
Power Electronics
This course introduces the basic theory and operation of solid state semi-conductor devices that are used in industrial electrical/electronic circuits. Electrical test meters and oscilloscopes are used in this class to enhance understanding of the basic electrical and electronic projects. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 2 lect, 1 lab)
3.00 ELEC1746
ELEC2702
Structured Wiring
This course covers communications and other low-voltage inside wiring techniques and principles. Also covered are different types of cable and wire associated with these systems along with National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)
2.00 ELEC2702
ELEC2703
Motor Controls I
This course introduces the basic construction and operation of motor control equipment, including different types of electrical diagrams, protective devices, application and connection of controls for single-phase and three-phase alternating current (AC) motors. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: ELEC 1706. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 ELEC2703
ELEC2745
PLC I
This course covers the basic theory, operation, installation and practical application of programmable logic controllers (PLC). Ladder logic, symbols, creating and downloading of programs are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: ELEC 2703 (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 ELEC2745
ELIM1001
Electrical/Mechanical Safety
This course includes workplace safety practices and procedures for the wind industry. Proper techniques for climbing, overhead safety, and working with mechanical and electrical systems are covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 0 lect, 2 lab)
2.00 ELIM1001
IMMR1715
Small Tool Usage
This course introduces the study, care, and uses of small tools as they relate to maintenance. This includes precision measuring tools used in a machine shop, micrometers, calipers, etc. Other subjects include the use of hand tools, hacksaws, files, punches, taps and dies, and other mechanical hardware. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 IMMR1715
IMMR1760
Introduction to Basic Hydraulics
This course covers basic hydraulic system principles including symbols, pumps, control valves, cylinders, and the reading and drawing of schematics. Disassembly and assembly of hydraulic components are also included. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 IMMR1760
IMMR1770
Bearings and Seals
This course introduces types of bearing and seals. It also covers installation, removal, measurement, and inspections of both bearing and seals. Reasons for premature bearing failures and remedies for these problems are also covered. Lubrication types for different applications are included. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 IMMR1770
IMMR2730
Machine Repair
This course introduces the methods used to check and repair machines. The study of vibrations, reverse dial indicating, and using thermal analysis to check machines are covered as well as the process of disassembling and assembly of components. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisites: IMMR 2735. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 IMMR2730
IMMR2735
Preventative Maintenance
This course emphasizes Preventive Maintenance (PM), the value of a good maintenance program, and the returns that can be expected with its implementation. Topics covered include maintenance checklists, PM costs, lost revenue costs, and starting an on-site PM program. The monitoring of equipment includes the use of infrared camera (thermography), laser alignment, vibration analysis, and oil analysis. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisites: IMMR 1715 and IMMR 1770. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 IMMR2735
IMMR2760
Hydraulics II
This course emphasizes pneumatic and hydraulic systems using hands-on assembly and disassembly of components. Mechatronics trainers are covered. The combination of mechanical, pneumatic, electoral, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC0 gives the student an understanding of what Mechatronics is. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). Prerequisite: IMMR 1760. (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 IMMR2760
IMMR2900
Mechanical Systems, Transmissions, and Drives
This course emphasizes the basic understanding of mechanical drives and transmissions. The inspection of equipment to include gears, bearings, seals, shafts and other mechanical components are covered. These skills are necessary to troubleshoot and diagnose problems that occur within the Wind Turbine field. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 1 lect, 2 lab)
3.00 IMMR2900
WIND1000
Introduction to Wind Energy
This course is a general introduction to wind turbines including the history and development of the wind energy industry, components of wind turbines, and how they work together to produce energy. An analysis of how the turbine converts wind to electrical power is also covered. Terminology associated with wind energy and the role of the wind turbine technician, how to measure the power in wind, and importance of proper site design of turbine, advantages and disadvantages of the different types of wind turbines, and estimating the total cost involved to produce green energy are discussed. Students research and review the growth and development of large and small wind locally and in the United States to discover the environmental, social, and economic impact of the industry. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00 WIND1000
WIND1002
Blade Technology
This course introduces an overview of blades utilized in wind turbines for the small and commercial wind industries. Pitch motor and control circuitry involved in blades are detailed. Also included is an overview of design, materials, and types of blades utilized on both small and commercial wind turbines with a focus on how blades are constructed and maintained. Aerodynamics and blade efficiency are also covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
2.00 WIND1002
WIND1003
Wiind Turbine Technology
This course introduces basic wind turbine technology and its relationship to overall layout of the tower and novelle. Installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of electrical, electo-mechanical, and electronic equipment and systems are also covered. Technical support manuals, computer maintenance databases, and supervisor control and data acquisition (SCADA) are covered. This course is recognized as an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) ISPQ Accredited Training Program for curriculum covering the Job Task Analyses for Small Wind Installer (NABCEP). (4 Cr - 2 lect, 2 lab)
4.00 WIND1003

General Studies Courses (8 Credits )
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
BUSO1620
Introduction to Computer
This course covers basic information about computer hardware and the use of computer software as a business productivity tool, as well as for personal use. Topics covered include the operating system and desktop environment; file and folder management; introduction to spreadsheet procedures; introduction to database creation and file management, fundamental word processing concepts, and presentation graphics. Some basic computer literacy will be covered, such as e-mail etiquette, ethical computing, document attachment to e-mail and use of digital files. This course is part of the Associate in Applied Science Administrative Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant degrees which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). (2 Cr - 1 lect, 1 lab)
Course Outline BUSO1620
2.00 BUSO1620
GSCM1500
Written Technical Communications
This course is for students majoring in trade and technical occupations and covers the basics of written communications needed for work-related situations. Industry-focused instruction in the areas of sentence structure, paragraph structure, and writing style are included. Students plan, compose, format, edit, proofread, and revise a variety of business communications, including letters, memos, resumes, instructions and short reports. The use of technology, including Internet and library resources, are integrated into the course. (2 Cr - 1 lect. 1 lab)
Course Outline GSCM1500
2.00 GSCM1500
GSCM1510
Workplace Human Relations
This course examines interpersonal relationship skills in the work environment. Students evaluate individual strengths and weaknesses and assess and learn transferable skills. This course emphasizes employment-enhancing skills that include understanding and improving relationships and communication with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and customers. This survey course introduces concepts and methods for improvement of interpersonal relations. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline GSCM1510
2.00 GSCM1510
MATH1020
Technical Math I
This course covers basic mathematics and elements of algebra that will prepare students for success in their specific technical areas. Students will develop their problem solving skills and master mathematical concepts used in specific technical applications. Students will receive a grade for this course. It will not meet MnTC Mathematics and Logical Reasoning requirements for graduation. Prerequisite: A score of 56 or above on the Accuplacer Arithmetic test, a score of 51 or above on the Elementary Algebra test or Math 0540. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline MATH1020
2.00 MATH1020

Wind Turbine Technician (DIP) Program Curriculum was last updated on 03/04/2011

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