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Alternative Energy - Wind Turbine Technology - Associate In Applied Science

Program Code: AAS.15805

The Associate Degree Program in Alternative Energy/Wind Turbine Technology prepares you for employment as a wind turbine technician. Duties of a wind turbine technician include operating and maintaining giant wind turbine units, performing mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, as well as repair and preventative maintenance. This technician uses computers and has an understanding of hydraulics, electricity, algebra, and meteorology. Working about 250 feet above the ground requires this professional to set aside any fears of heights. Teamwork is key to success in this position where safety and a smooth-running work environment are critical.

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
ENG ---3/5Any Approved College Composition I Course ______________
ENG 1133Technical Communication ______________
LW 223W2Wellness in Technical Trades ______________
MTH 119W4Intermediate Algebra ______________
GEO 103W4Introduction To Meteorology ______________
PHY ---4/5Any Approved Physics ______________
POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________

Basic Program Requirements

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CST 133W4Computer Concepts & Competencies ______________
CST 1603Networking Essentials ______________
ET 110W3DC Electrical Fundamentals ______________
ET 1203AC Electrical Fundamentals ______________
ET 1224Programmable Logic Controllers ______________
ET 1303Advanced Electrical Applications ______________
ET 1403Fundamentals of Electrical Motors and Motor Controls ______________
MT 1513Power Transmission ______________
MT 1612Industrial Rigging and Safety ______________
MT 2203Hydraulics and Pneumatics I ______________

Wind Turbine Technology Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
WTT 1003Introduction to Wind Energy ______________
WTT 1102Climb Safety and Rescue Safety Training ______________
WTT 120W3Wind Turbine Mechanical Systems ______________
WTT 2152Wind Turbine Blade Design ______________
WTT 2301Wind Turbine Schematics ______________
WTT 2402Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution ______________
WTT 2803Fundamentals of Data Acquisition ______________

70/74Total Credits Required For Associate Degree


1 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all courses for the degree.
2 - Any College PHY or SKPH course (except PHY 213) meets the requirements for this degree.
3 - You will be required to get permission before enrolling in the WTT 110 and WTT 120 courses. Students will be admitted into the WTT sequence courses in groups of 12 students. An application must be submitted to the Alternative Energy/Wind Turbine Technology Program Coordinator between midterm and the last day of the semester in which you will complete your prerequisites. Prerequisite courses are: ET 110W, ET 120, MT 151, MT 161, MT 220, MTH 119, and any approved PHY course, or transfer equivalents. Forms are available online or in both the Counseling and Registrar's Offices. Contact the Technical, Trades, and Manufacturing Division at 989-686-9258 for more information.
4 - Student is responsible for equipment, tools, and gear as required. Cost may exceed $200. Equipment for WTT 110 includes all-leather work gloves, OSHA approved safety glasses and safety work boots.
5 - Students will be responsible for completing a Student Physical Examination Form prior to the first day of WTT 110 class. The examination form can be obtained from Counseling or the WTT Program Coordinator.
6 - Due to industry standards related to safety equipment, student weight must not exceed 250 lbs.

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