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Wind Energy Turbine Technology

“First, there is the power of the Wind, constantly exerted over the entire globe…
an almost incalculable power at our disposal, yet how trifling the use we make of it!”

-Henry David Thoreau, essay, Paradise (to be) Regained, 1843 

Eastern's Wind Energy Turbine Technology  Program Financial Aid Available The Associate in Applied Science Degree The Certificate Program Register Now!

 

"Of all the forces of nature, I should think the wind contains the largest amount of motive power -- that is, power to move things…. As yet, the wind is an untamed, and unharnessed force; and quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries hereafter to be made, will be the taming, and harnessing of the wind."
Abraham Lincoln, speech, Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions, 1858 

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 Associate Degree and Certifcate Program Open for Enrollment 

Summer, 2011: Today, Wind Energy is "the fastest growing source of power on the planet," according to the Sierra Club. And strategically situated at the geographic hub of a newly booming regional wind energy industry, Eastern WV Community and Technical College appears ideally suited to offer a market-ready Wind Energy Turbine Technology (WETT) program

In the summer of 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy outlined a strategy that will produce 20 percent of U.S. power from wind energy alone by 2030 [PDF-9.1 MB]. And over the next five years alone, industry representatives estimate that some 300 new technician jobs will come available in Eastern’s four-state region. 

To prepare local residents to qualify for those local and regional jobs, the College has developed the necessary training curriculum for an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree, a Certificate of Proficiency and a Skill Set program in Wind Energy Turbine Technology. (Both the Associate Degree Progam and the Certificate Program are now in place and open for enrollment.)

Eastern has designed this program to comply with American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) certification standards; and has drawn on the work of other, vanguard Wind Energy Technology programs with track records of success from the western part of the nation — a region that, until now, has taken a lead in Wind Tech training.

(Eastern is also a participating member in good standing of the “Technical/Community College Goals” subgroup of AWEA's Education Working Group — a forum that promotes, supports and assists in the development of job and career training programs for Community and Technical Colleges, as well as wind education programs at all levels.)

Students in Eastern’s program will not only learn the skills necessary to service and troubleshoot modern wind power generation equipment anywhere in the world: they will also acquire the background and knowledge to advance their careers in the power generation field.

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Get a Jump Start — Register Now!

For learners who want to get a jump start on the training, many courses that both the Certificate and Degree programs will require are already active in Eastern's catalog and on the schedule for spring semester 2013.

In January, 2013, the College will offer another section of the 2-credit "Introduction to Wind Energy" course.

 

Also, some learners may need to take additional English or Math classes as pre-requisites for the programs — and they can register for those classes without delay.

Interested learners may register for those courses right now,
and for others they may qualify for,
and find out more about the entire program now,
by emailing Ward Malcolm,
or calling him at 304-434-8000 (or toll-free: 877-982-2322), ext. 242.

 

Financial Aid Available 

Eastern's Financial Aid Director will work with each individual learner - as may be necessary -  to design a financial aid plan best suited to his or her specific situation. Call Amanda Sites at 304-434-8000 (or toll-free: 877-982-2322), ext. 236 to learn about the financial aid opportunities available for you at Eastern. 

 

About the Career

Men and women, adult learners and recent high school graduates alike, are welcome to get the training for this exciting new career.

  • Within Eastern’s six-county service district (Grant, Hardy, Hampshire, Mineral, Tucker and Pendleton), the industry currently operates 176 turbines (Grant: 132; Tucker: 44).
  • The Pinnacle Wind Farm announced its offical commisioning Janaury 23, 2012. This new 23-turbine wind farm, at NewPage on Green Mountain, near Keyser, in Mineral County, has been standing and operational since the fall 2011. It has the theoretical capacity (maximum generating capacity) to produce enough electricity to fulfill the needs of some 14,000 homes, were it to spin at full capacity at all times, according to its operator, Edison Mission Group.
  • Construction of another new wind farm, the Constellation Energy 28-turbine project atop Backbone Mountain near Eagle Rock in neighboring Garrett County, Maryland, is completed, and the turbines started  generating electricity in July, 2011.
  • A month later, Roth Rock Wind Farm, also sited in neighboring Garrett County, Maryland, joined the Constellation farm as an electricity-producer. 
  • AES Wind Generation is working on still another Potomac Highlands wind farm —now in the permitting process — in Grant County that will provide an additional 160 megawatts of electricity. When it is up and running, it will be WV's second-largest wind facility.
  • Hundreds more turbines, on dozens of wind farms, are operating, under construction, proposed and/or in the permitting process in other neighboring counties (Laurel Mountain on the border between Randolph and Upshur, Greenbrier) and states.
  • The Department of Energy has stated that we can get 20 percent of our power from wind energy alone by 2030.

 

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Wind Energy Turbines on Mt. Storm, WV

Wind Energy Technology: The Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Overview

Program Outcomes

Course Sequence

 Overview

The Wind Energy Technology (WTT) program provides a technical education at the Associate in Applied Science Level. This broad-based curriculum provides instruction and practical application of a variety of technical concepts and practices. The courses include industry recognized maintenance practices in electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical systems, computer control, data acquisition, periodic and predictive maintenance program usages.

Successful completion of the WTT program prepares graduates to enter the workforce with an AAS Degree in Wind Technology. They will be prepared to perform periodic maintenance on machinery and systems located, not only in the wind industry, but in any industry utilizing machinery and electrical control systems and mechanical equipment. Employment opportunities for graduates include the expanding wind industry located across the United States, and more importantly, many organizations within Eastern’s service area. Sample job titles are:

  • Wind turbine service technicians
  • Wind turbine technician (manufacturing)
  • Wind potential technician (meteorological data collection)
  • Wind turbine site development technician
  • Wind turbine construction/installation technician
  • Wind turbine commissioning technician (initial start-up and synchronization with the grid)
  • Industrial maintenance technician

The components of the WTT curriculum are algebra and trigonometry based. Additional transition courses may be required in English, mathematics and reading. Requirements will be determined by placement test scores.

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Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of electrical equipment and operation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of mechanical equipment and operation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fluid power equipment and operations
  • Demonstrate safety practices common to the wind industry
  • Troubleshoot, repair and maintain electrical systems common to wind power generation
  • Troubleshoot, repair and maintain distributive power systems common to wind power generation
  • Troubleshoot, repair and maintain hydraulic controls used in the wind industry
  • Use commonly available instruments to analyze & troubleshoot systems
  • Use schematics, operating manuals & troubleshooting guides to troubleshoot equipment commonly used in the wind industry
  • Demonstrate climbing, rescue, and emergency medical techniques and procedures necessary for the wind industry
  • Apply safety procedures in the industrial environment including those applicable to hand & power tools
  • Demonstrate job hazard assessment and resolution to hazards
  • Apply computers in troubleshooting, maintenance planning & report writing using application software relevant to the wind industry
  • Demonstrate proficiency in wind turbine maintenance and repair
  • Demonstrate proficiency in airfoil composite and repair
  • Demonstrate proficiency in wind turbine troubleshooting and repair
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in a variety of wind related industrial settings
  • Perform daily maintenance and repair tasks necessary in the wind industry
  • Demonstrate global awareness and knowledge of human diversity

Special Certificate: Students successfully completing WTT 100 Introduction to Wind Energy will receive an OSHA Certificate of Completion for General Industry Safety (10-hour).

Program Implementation: Full-time afternoon/evening (Students attending part-time should contact advisor for recommended course sequencing).

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Associate in Applied Science Degree: 57 Semester Hours
Recommended Course Sequence

Dept.

Course

Hrs.

 Dept.

 Course

 Hrs.

1st Semester

First Year Certificate/AAS Classes

 

2nd Semester

 

 

CIS 108

Computer Fundamentals

3

 MTH 1XX

Math Elective 100 or higher

 3

WTT 100

Introduction to Wind Energy

2

 WTT 150

Electrical Practical Applications

4

ELM 120

Fundamentals Of Fluid Power

3

 WTT 160

Power Generation & Transmission

 4

WTT110

Wind Safety and OSHA 30hr

4

ELM 217

Industrial Maintenance Fund

WTT120

DC/AC Circuits

4

 

 

Total First Semester Hours

16

Total Second Semester Hrs

 

14

3rd Semester

Second Year AAS Classes

 

4th Semester

 

 

PHS 115

Applied Physics

3

ELM 210

Introduction to PLC's

3

ELM 218

Maintenance Applications

3

SCC 147

Understanding Human Diversity

3

WTT 210

Wind Turbine Mechanical System

4

WTT 230

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

4

ENL 101

English Composition

3

WTT 260

Wind Turbine Troubleshooting

4

 

Total Third Semester Hours

13  

Total 4th Semester Hours

 

14

 Summer

 

 

 

 

 

WTT 278

 Wind Technician Internship 2 OR

 

 

 

WTT 270

Airfoils & Composite Repair

3

 

 

 

 

Total Summer Hours

3

 

 

 

 

Total AAS Degree Hours

63

 

 

 

Second Year—Summer Term

Dept. Course Semester Hours

WTT 270

Airfoil and Composite Repair

OR

3

WTT 278

Wind Technology Internship II

OR

3

ELM 276

Electromechanical Capstone

3

Total Semester Hours

9

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Wind Energy Technology: The College Certificate of Proficiency Program

Overview

Program Outcomes

Course Sequence

 Overview

The Wind Energy Turbine Technology (WETT) program provides a technical education at the certificate level. This broad-based curriculum provides instruction and practical application of a variety of technical concepts and practices, including industry-recognized maintenance practices in electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and mechanical systems.

The Wind Energy Turbine Technology Certificate Program will meet the needs of regional employers in the wind energy industry, and provide graduates with job-ready skills for a productive career in the green industries. Successful completion of the WETT program prepares graduates to enter the workforce at the technician level, ready to perform maintenance on wind energy turbines, as well as on machinery and systems in any industry utilizing machinery and electrical control systems.

Employment opportunities for graduates include the expanding wind industry within Eastern’s service area, as well as across the United States.

The program can also provide continuing education opportunities for currently employed technicians by awarding credit for college level learning acquired through existing credentialing programs or professional training.

Outcomes

The program prepares graduates

  • to enter the workforce at the technician level
  • to perform periodic maintenance on machinery and systems located, not only in the wind industry, but in any industry utilizing machinery and electrical control systems
  • with thorough instructition instruction in
    • safety standards
    • introduction to the wind energy field
    • fundamentals of fluid power
    • industrial maintenance fundamentals
    • electrical circuits and applications
    • principles of power generation and transmission.

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College Certificate: 30 Credit Hours
Recommended Course Sequence

Dept.

Course

Hrs.

Dept.

Course

Hrs.

 

First Year Certificate Classes

 

 

 

 

1st Semester

 

 

2nd Semester

 

 

WTT 100

Introduction to Wind Energy

2

 ENL 101

English Composition I OR

 3

ELM 120

Fund. Of Fluid Power

3

 MTH 1XX

Math Elective 100 or higher

 3

WTT110

Wind Safety and OSHA 30hr

4

 WTT 150

Electrical Practical Applications

 4

WTT120

DC/AC Circuits

4

 WTT 160

Power Generation & Transmission

 4

 

 

 

 ELM 217

Industrial Maintenance Fund

 3

 

Total First Semester Hours

13

Total Second Semester Hours

 

 17

 

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Gainful Employment Information:

A.A.S. Progam (fulltime ['normal']/4 semesters):

  • Job Titles for which program prepares students: Wind Turbine Service Technician, Turbine Technician, Wind Technician, Wind Tech., Service Technician, Service Tech., Site Manager, Service Manager
  • SOC Code: 49-9099.02 
  • 1 Occupational Information Network (O*NET) URL: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9099.02   
  • On-time completion rate: 0%
    • # students who completed program 2010-2011: 0
    • # students completed within ‘normal’ time: N/A: New Program
  • 2 Placement Rate: N/A: New Program
  • Median Loan Amounts per Student: N/A: New Program
  • Program Costs per year (2 semesters):
  • Books and supplies   $1200
  • Personal                         1850
  • 3Room and board          3000
  • Tuition and fees             2184
  • Transportation                2500

1 The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration. It provides information relating to:

  • the nature of the work and the activities involved for these jobs
  • the kinds of tools and technology associated with the work
  • the skills, knowledge and abilities usually required for these jobs
  • the training and education usually required for these jobs
  • the values, work styles and interests that lend themselves to success in these jobs
  • the wage and employment trends in these fields on both the national and state levels

*Please note: Completion rates are based solely on a small sample of Eastern students that includes only those who were enrolled as first-time full time freshman. The majority of Eastern students enroll as part-time students. Part-time students and those required to enroll in developmental studies, take longer to complete the programs as presented in the College Catalog.

2Placement Rate calculated on total number of program graduates  working in a field related to degree or certificate completed. 

3Eastern currently offers no dormitory or meal contracts, so these room and board expenses are average estimated area costs.

Certificate Progam (fulltime ['normal']/2 semesters):

  • Job Titles for which program prepares students: Wind Turbine Service Technician, Turbine Technician, Wind Technician, Wind Tech., Service Technician, Service Tech., Site Manager, Service Manager
  • SOC Code: 49-9099.02 
  • 1 Occupational Information Network (O*NET) URL: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9099.02  
  • On-time completion rate: 0%
    • # students who completed program 2010-2011: 1
    • # students completed within ‘normal’ time: 0
  • 2 Placement Rate: N/A: New Program
  • Median Loan Amounts per Student: N/A: New Program

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Current Course Catalog