Wind Energy Technology:
Through innovative teaching and technology, and industry and educational institution partnerships, Cloud County Community College is preparing a qualified workforce for the emerging wind industry estimated to increase 80,000 jobs by 2020. The curriculum blends on-campus, on-line and distance learning, land-lab, and field training opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Wind Energy Technology provides the best opportunity for students without Lineman training or electrician experience. Through the Wind Energy Technology Certificate Program, students with appropriate training and experience can quickly attain the critical coursework for wind energy.
Wind Energy Assessment & Development:
Students enrolled in the Wind Energy Assessment and Development Certificate program will use the latest tools and software to measure and analyze the wind resources for the optimal siting of a wind farm. They will learn how to study potential sites for the right combination of wind resources, transmission access, and community appeal. Learning how to obtain the necessary permits, licenses, and leases will be included in the curriculum along with the study of wind legal issues. Students will research the leading equipment manufacturers from all over the world and understand the importance of matching the equipment to the specific wind site to procure the wind turbines and associated equipment for wind facilities.
Wind Energy Blade Repair:
The Wind Energy Blade Repair Certificate will prepare students for positions in the emerging wind industry with a specific focus to properly prepare students for blade inspection, repair, service, blade and tower cleaning. The certificate provides a strong applied approach to methods currently used by blade repair companies. Courses incorporate introductory wind energy information, report writing skills, foundational information on design, construction and maintenance of blades, aerodynamic properties and quality control and inspection of blades. A capstone course will introduce the students to industry standards of safety, operation and maintenance of wind turbines, project operations and proper techniques and safety to gain access to the blades of a wind turbine for inspection and repair procedures. Training in fall protection, tower rescue/emergency descent, OSHA safety, First-Aid, CPR, and AED will also be covered.Substation Technician Certificate:
The Substation Technician Certificate is designed to prepare students to work with substation and switchyard operations and maintenance as it relates to the wind industry. Namely, the emphasis is on training students to construct, operate, and maintain electrical substations and associated infrastructure. Students will develop a solid understanding of electricity and electrical equipment. They will learn about motors, generators, voltage regulation, and transformers, as well as protective relaying, circuit breakers, fuses, switches, insulators, and other associated substation equipment. The students will also become familiar with substation design, data acquisition and SCADA, and schematics. Fundamental wind energy concepts will be taught in relation to the electrical coursework.