Students receive instruction from industry experienced experts in each Wind Energy Technician course in Des Moines. The Diploma in Wind Energy Technician provides classes in electricity, energy regulations, mechanical systems, turbine motor theory and much more. The courses cover technical mathematics, fundamental concepts of energy transfer, electrical systems, mechanical controls, and hydraulic power. Students also learn practical skills used on wind turbines through hands-on field trips and will simulate real work experiences.
The Wind Energy Technician courses are designed to prepare graduates for entry level positions, with theory and working knowledge, in the fields of Electrical Mechanic Technician and Wind Turbine Technician. Classes combine lecture and hands-on training to provide skills necessary in completing advanced technical troubleshooting and repairs on wind energy turbines. Graduates will carry out complex assembly, service, repair, and operations of infrastructure to wind turbine generators and related equipment. The program consists of 48 quarter credit hours of electrical principals and Wind Energy Technician courses.
The Wind Energy Technician courses are hands on with electrical and mechanical components. The Des Moines campus provides computer labs equipped with the latest software and hardware, meant to help students learn efficiently. Library resource materials are available to students beyond normal school operation hours. Enrollment provides each student online resources such as library services, a student portal, email and online companion courses.
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:
“Wind Energy related jobs are expected to increase as private and government investment increase in renewable energy. As renewable wind energy expands, firms will look for trained professionals to operate and fix electrical and mechanical components of turbines and other controls.”
EL-113 Principles of Electricity
WD-100 Introduction to Wind Power
WD-110 Environmental and Department of Energy Regulations
GE-114 Technical Mathematics
EL-115 DC Systems
EL-116 AC Systems
WD-105 Introduction to Wind Energy & Wind Turbine Technology
WD-115 Wind Turbine Mechanical Systems I
EL-117 Motor Theory and Controls
EL-118 Motor Lab
WD-120 Wind Turbine Mechanical Systems II
EL-127 Principles of Fluid Power Systems
WD-125 Wind Turbine Controls
WD-129 Wind Turbine Installation and Maintenance
IT-107 Computer and Network Fundamentals
WD-130 Applied Maintenance Lab