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Wind Turbine Major

DEGREE EARNED

  • Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Maintenance Technology
  • One-Year OBR Certificate

WHAT CAN A STUDENT EXPECT FROM THIS PROGRAM?
In addition to an understanding of the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of various electrical systems in electrical and electronic equipment, this program focuses on the knowledge and basic skills to maintain and repair electrical/electronic wind turbine equipment.

The curriculum includes electrical and electronic analysis and fundamentals, digital electronics, electrical and electronic trouble-shooting, digital communications, transformers, National Electric Code, electrical machines, industrial controls, programmable controllers, hydraulics, pneumatics and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. This knowledge is essential for graduates who are required to maintain and repair modern electrical/electronic equipment and wind turbines.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CERTIFICATE AND ASSOCIATE DEGREE?
The one-year wind turbine maintenance technology certificate covers all methods of safely and effectively evaluating and maintaining commercial wind turbine equipment. The majority of classes that make up the certificate can also be applied to the associate of applied science degree.

WHAT DO WIND TURBINE MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS DO? (REF BLS Handbook see link below)
Wind turbine service technicians, also known as windtechs, install, maintain, and repair wind turbines.

Duties
Wind turbine service technicians typically do the following:

  • Inspect the exterior and physical integrity of towers
  • Climb towers to inspect or repair turbine equipment
  • Collect turbine data for testing or research and analysis
  • Perform routine maintenance on wind turbines
  • Test electrical components and systems, as well as mechanical and hydraulic systems
  • Troubleshoot mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical malfunctions
  • Service underground transmission systems, wind field substations, or fiber optic sensing and control systems
  • Replace worn or malfunctioning component

ARE THERE JOBS OUT THERE?
According to the US Dept. of Labor Occupation Outlook Handbook Employment of wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because wind electricity generation is expected to grow over the coming decade, additional technicians will be needed to install and maintain new turbines. Job prospects should be excellent for qualified candidates. The median annual wage for wind turbine service technicians was $45,970 in May 2012 (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/wind-turbine-technicians.htm)

WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Contact Susan Shearer, Director of Fuel Cell and Alternative Energy Technologies, at (330) 494-6170, Ext. 4680, or via email at sshearer@starkstate.edu

ADDITIONAL REFERENCE INFORMATION

The Solar and Wind Energy Supply Chain in Ohio
January 2011 © All rights reserved. Full reproduction permitted. This report can be downloaded from www.elpc.org. http://elpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/OhioWindSupplyFinal_HQ.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs in wind Energy 2010
http://www.bls.gov/green/wind_energy/wind_energy.pdf

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/wind-turbine-technicians.htm
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/wind-turbine-technicians.htm#tab-2

Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
EET120  DC Circuit Analysis
MST134  Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
MST121  Blueprint Reading
MTH135  Pre-Calculus
EET125  Circuit Manufacturing Techniques
EET123  Electronic Devices & Circuits
EET126  Electrical Machines
PHY121  College Physics I with Algebra
AET121  Sustainable/Alternative Energy Sources
EET122  AC Circuit Analysis
ENV165  OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
AIT223  Analysis/Applications of Wind Turbine Energy
EET128  NEC & Electrical Systems Design
EET227  PLC’s & Industrial Controls I
MST221  Mechanical Drive Components
ENG124  College Composition
AIT224  Wind Turbine Energy Systems
EST129  Switchgear, Transformers & Controls
ENG221  Technical Report Writing
HVC121  HVAC Principles I
COM123  Small Group Communication
Arts & Humanities Elective

TOTAL CREDITS 73

Certificate Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
EMS123  Emergency Medical Responder
MST121  Blueprint Reading
AET121  Sustainable/Alternative Energy Sources
MST221  Mechanical Drive Components
ITD122  Computer Applications for Professionals
AIT223  Analysis/Applications of Wind Turbine Energy
MTH125  College Algebra
EST130  Electrical Circuits and Devices
AIT134  Predictive/Preventive Maint. Tech I
AIT224  Wind Turbine Energy Systems
ENV123  OSHA 10-Hour Safety Orientation
AIT222  Predictive/Preventive Maint. Tech II

TOTAL CREDITS 36