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Wind Energy Technology

A wind turbine technician, also known as a Wind Tech, is a person who is specially trained to prevent wind turbines from malfunctioning or stopping completely.  This is done by providing wind farms with routine inspections, troubleshooting any problems, and repairing the wind turbines when necessary.

Students in safety gear standing in front of CCCC wind turbine.Wind Techs routinely inspect wind turbines to make sure they are in good working order.  Wind turbine inspections require the technician to climb the turbine and inspect all the parts of the turbine.  If any problems are found, then the technician will note the problems and schedule it for repair.  Routine maintenance or common repairs of wind turbines include component replacement, hydraulic system repair, troubleshooting electrical issues, fluid changes, and torqueing the turbine.

Here at Cloud County Community College, we will train you in the basics of electrical functions starting from direct current and alternating current to motors and generators, transformers, and voltage regulation at the substation level.  There are also classes in hydraulics and mechanical systems.  The mechanical systems class takes you through gears and pulleys and includes laser alignment.

Since your job entails climbing and maintaining the wind turbines, in our field training and project operations class you will train at our wind farm in rope rescue, using a suspended access platform, and safe climbing techniques.

Most students attending the Wind Energy program earn their 2-year Associate of Applied Science degree.  However, we do have a 1- year Wind Energy Technician Certificate for those students who have already attained a 2 or 4-year degree in another discipline.  The degree or certificate coupled with an optional internship at one of the Kansas wind farms has resulted in a high success rate of hire within the industry for our students.

 

WIND ENERGY TECHNOLOGY
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Required General Education Courses (19 credits)
CM101 English Composition I or CM120 Survey of
Technical Writing ......................................................................3
MA110 Intermediate Algebra ......................................................3
CM115 Public Speaking ...............................................................3
SS101 General Psychology .........................................................3
SC107 Meteorology .....................................................................4
Humanities Elective .....................................................................3
Required Major Courses (45 credits)
CS155 Networking & Computer Technology ..................................3
SC109 Applied Physics ...............................................................3
WE100 Introduction to Wind Energy ............................................3
WE105 Employability Skills, Safety & Blueprint Reading ..................3
WE110 Electrical Theory .............................................................3
WE120 Hydraulics ......................................................................3
WE150 Mechanical Systems ........................................................3
WE210 Electronics .....................................................................3
WE225 Motors, Generators, PLC’s ................................................3
WE230 Substation & Voltage Regulation .......................................3
WE250 Data Acquisition & Communication ....................................3
WE255 Airfoils and Composite Repair ...........................................3
WE260 Wind Turbine Siting .........................................................3
WE265 Field Training & Project Operations .....................................3
WE270 Transformer Theory ........................................................3
Electives (4 credits)
WE220 Cooperative Ed. Internship .................................................4
WE280 Wind Energy Technology Internship .................................1-4