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Academic Program Model

Academic Program Model

Renewable Energy (AAS.RNRG)

This program prepares students for entry level positions into the field of renewable energy technicians and technical maintenance. Emphasis is placed on "green" technologies including electricity, physics, chemistry, wind, photovoltaics, solar thermal, bioenergy, energy efficiency, and smart grid technology. There is a critical skill shortage of trained workers knowledgeable with issues relating specifically to renewable energy and who can troubleshoot renewable energy systems.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit.
FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Hours
EET-040
Applied D.C. Circuits

EET-040
Applied D.C. Circuits

Develops an understanding of the basic DC electricity concepts such as voltage, current, resistance, power and energy. The course covers resistive circuits through series-parallel circuits. Laboratory work includes use of analog and digital meters and circuit construction.

Course Outline

2.5
EET-050
Applied A.C. Circuits

EET-050
Applied A.C. Circuits

Introduces the student to the sin wave and the relative parameters such as frequency, period, rms and ave values. Capacitance and inductance are introduced and their effect in sin wave circuits are studied. Lab work includes familiarization with the oscilloscope.


Course Outline

*
2.5
TEC-050
Technical Math I

TEC-050
Technical Math I

Fundamentals of basic arithmetic, calculator usage, algebra, geometry and right angle trigonometry.

Course Outline

2.0
TEC-052
Technical Math II

TEC-052
Technical Math II

Offers the student an in-depth study of algebra including factoring, solving linear systems, quadratic equations and exponents.

Course Outline

*
2.0
TEC-057
Intro to Renewable Energy

TEC-057
Intro to Renewable Energy

This course provides students with an introduction to forms of renewable energy, how it is produced and utilized. Topics include photovoltaic, geothermal, solar, wind, hydro, and biomass energy production. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

3.0
WND-040
Intro to Wind Technology

WND-040
Intro to Wind Technology

This course provides students with an understanding of basic wind technology concepts. Topics include turbine parts and operation, anemometry data collection and analysis, and evaluation of basic turbine technology. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

3.0

Semester Totals

15.0
Second Semester
ENG-050
Writing for Industry

ENG-050
Writing for Industry

Students will learn strategies for writing essays, instructions manuals, proposals, reports, career documents as well as deliver oral presentations to prepare them for a profession in industry. Students will practice research strategies by using library resources and the Internet.

Course Outline

ENG-098
Communications I

ENG-098
Communications I

Students will learn the principles of communications by listening, speaking, and writing. Emphasis is placed on communication skills related to the demands of the student's career area.

Course Outline

ENG-119
Composition I Pathway

ENG-119
Composition I Pathway

Students will study the writing process by reading essays illustrating a variety of rhetorical strategies, analyzing texts, and writing, revising, and editing short essays. Course is for students who have assessed into developmental English, receiving supplemental instruction for course completion.


Course Outline

* OR
ENG-120
Composition I

ENG-120
Composition I

Students will study the writing process by reading essays that illustrate a variety of rhetorical strategies, analyzing writing tasks and texts, and writing, revising, and editing short essays.


Course Outline

*
3.0
IND-042
Pipefitting Procedures

IND-042
Pipefitting Procedures

Focuses on the basic principles of installation and maintenance of industrial piping systems. Mechanical joining methods are stressed.

Course Outline

*
1.0
IND-062
Rigging and Hoisting

IND-062
Rigging and Hoisting

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of hoisting and rigging equipment. Safety regulations will be discussed along with determination of safe working loads and proper care of equipment. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

*
1.0
TEC-043
Industrial Safety

TEC-043
Industrial Safety

Designed to give the student basic information and procedures concerning industrial safety awareness and accident prevention.

Course Outline

*
1.0
CIS-160
Practical Software Application

CIS-160
Practical Software Application

Provides an opportunity for students to learn computer concepts and to use word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation software. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

3.0
TEC-058
Alternative Energy

TEC-058
Alternative Energy

This course provides students with an introduction to forms of alternative energy. Topics include fuel cells, electric powered vehicles, liquefied natural gas, and other emerging green technologies. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

3.0
EET-068
Photovoltaic Systems

EET-068
Photovoltaic Systems

This course is designed to provide a technical foundation for design, installation, and evaluation of residential and commercial photovoltaic systems. Concepts of system advantages and disadvantages, site evaluation, system design and sizing are assessed. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

*
3.0

Semester Totals

15.0
SECOND YEAR
First Semester
Hours
SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

SPE-111
Intro to Speech Communication

Focuses on the fundamental principles and methods of selection, analyzing, organizing, developing and communicating information, evidence, and points of view to audiences.

Course Outline

3.0
EET-072
Relays and Control Circuits

EET-072
Relays and Control Circuits

This course provides the student with an understanding of industrial electrical and electronic power systems. Topics covered include three phase circuits, motors wiring, ladder logic, transformers, and electronical motor controllers.


Prerequisites: EET 050, EET 052 or instructor consent


Course Outline

2.0
EET-086
Prog Logic Controllers I

EET-086
Prog Logic Controllers I

This course covers basic PLC operation and programming using Rslogix500 software and Allen Bradley PLC's. Topics include: Basic ladder design, Input Output, Timers, Counters, Batch Processes, Shift registers, Word compare, and Math.


Course Outline

2.0
PHY-110
Concepts of Physics

PHY-110
Concepts of Physics

Phenomena-oriented course, emphasizing a general understanding of the rules of physics and its connections with culture and society.

Course Outline

4.0
TEC-054
Technical Math III

TEC-054
Technical Math III

Offers the student a more in-depth study of trigonometry plus logarithms, complex numbers and functional variation.

Course Outline

2.0
TEC-056
Technical Math IV

TEC-056
Technical Math IV

Familiarizes the student with the basic concepts of analytical geometry and statistics.

Course Outline

2.0

Semester Totals

15.0
Second Semester
TEC-064
Bioenergy

TEC-064
Bioenergy

Fundamentals of energy use and production from biogas, biofuels, and biomass including production methods, domestic and industrial uses, and sustainability of the market. (Repeatable 2 Times)

Course Outline

3.0
ECO-231
Principles of Econ I (Macro)

ECO-231
Principles of Econ I (Macro)

Focuses on the nature and method of economics, basic supply and demand analysis, national income accounting, business cycles, inflation and unemployment, fiscal policy, money and banking, and monetary policy.

Course Outline

3.0
TEC-063
Electric Power Distribution

TEC-063
Electric Power Distribution

Fundamentals of the electric power distribution and transmission system, infrastructure components, power flows, and system reliability.

Course Outline

3.0
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Technical Electives

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Technical Electives

No Description Available
6.0

Semester Totals

15.0

Total Program Hours

60.0
Suggested Electives
EET-070
Photovoltaic Technician

EET-070
Photovoltaic Technician

This course is designed to provide a technical foundation for system design, systems implementation, electrical codes, and hardware installation. Maintaining and troubleshooting systems are performed. (Repeatable 3 Times)


Course Outline

2.0
WND-041
Wind Technology Maintenance I

WND-041
Wind Technology Maintenance I

This course introduces students to wind turbine maintenance. Lectures focus on gearbox and electrical system maintenance while the labs focus on tools, climbing and safety. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

*
3.0
TEC-059
Energy Management

TEC-059
Energy Management

Successful completion of this course prepares participants to assess and improve homes according to current industry standards for residential building weatherization. It includes blower-door testing and recommended weather sealing techniques to achieve improved resident comfort and energy cost savings. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

2.0
TEC-068
Sp Topics Renewable Energy

TEC-068
Sp Topics Renewable Energy

This course will examine fundamentals, principles,practices, and issues associated with special topics in renewable energy. It covers basic through advanced issues and topics associated with sustainability and the renewable energy field. Advanced coursework is adjusted to special interest groups. (Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

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TEC-069
Site Assessment/Renew Energy

TEC-069
Site Assessment/Renew Energy

This course determines the site-specific suitability of photovoltaic, solar thermal applications, and small wind energy installations. The course will focus on physical site features and how that affects the solar window and the quality of wind energy. (Repeatable 3 times)

Course Outline

2.0
CAD-056
CAD I

CAD-056
CAD I

Basic Theory of CAD. Student will learn to use a Computer Aided Drafting system to create simple to moderately complex technical drawings. (Repeatable 1 Time)

Course Outline

2.0
IND-044
Fluid Power

IND-044
Fluid Power

Provides the mechanic with the basic concepts of pneumatics and hydraulics. It will concentrate on fluid power components and their purpose.

Course Outline

3.0
MET-043
Motors and Generators

MET-043
Motors and Generators

This course focuses on the installation, maintenance and application of motors, equipment and controls.


Course Outline

2.5
MTT-050
Intro to Machining Procedures

MTT-050
Intro to Machining Procedures

A study designed to highlight the theory and application of cutoff machines, drill press, engine lathe, milling machines, and basic benchwork involving layout and hand tools.

Course Outline

3.0
WEL-056
Metal Cutting and Fabrication

WEL-056
Metal Cutting and Fabrication

This course is designed to provide an understanding of metal cutting and fabricating processes and weld joint design.(Repeatable 3 Times)

Course Outline

*
2.0
EET-052
Solid State Circuits

EET-052
Solid State Circuits

Study of basic solid state devices and associated circuits. Devices included will be general purpose diodes, zener diodes, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors. Integrated circuits will be introduced. Circuit applications will include rectifiers, transistors, switching circuits, and linear amplifiers.


Course Outline

4.0
WEL-057
Welding Fundamentals

WEL-057
Welding Fundamentals

Course will cover basic welding processes, including: Oxy-Acetylene welding, Arc welding, Cutting and Brazing.

Course Outline

2.5
EET-075
HMI-Human Machine Interface

EET-075
HMI-Human Machine Interface

This course covers basic HMI operation and programming using Wonderware - InTouch software. Topics include: Designing HMI windows, interfacing to the PLC, basic animation, using and creating logic scripts, using DDE, setting alarms, charts and trending, and security.


Course Outline

2.0
EET-087
Prog Logic Controllers II

EET-087
Prog Logic Controllers II

This course covers advanced topics of the Micrologix 1000 PLC operation and programming using Rslogix500 software and Allen Bradley PLC's. Topics include Analog I/O, Math and Data handling instruction, program flow, message instructions, and communication protocols.


Course Outline

2.0
 

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