Course Descriptions

Sustainable Energy Technician

Sustainable Energy

NRGY 101 Introduction to Sustainable Energy

[formerly SET 110 Introduction to Sustainable Energy]

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (Sp)

Provides an overview of sustainable energies including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, and geothermal.  Students will learn the basic principles of each technology.  Students will also investigate renewable resources and their associated technologies.

 

NRGY 110 Fundamentals of Hydraulic/Pneumatic Systems

[formerly SET 130 Fundamentals of Hydraulic/Pneumatic Systems]

3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  M 111.

Introduces basic hydraulic concepts, formulas, and applications of hydraulic components used for directional, flow, and pressure control of circuits.  Students will identify and explain safety rules, precautions, test procedures, common components, and operating principles for hydraulic and pneumatic systems commonly found in the energy industry.

 

NRGY 120 Industrial Safety and Rigging

[formerly SET 150 Industrial Safety and Rigging]

3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk) (Sp)

Provides an overview of safe industrial practices and basic rigging techniques.  At completion of this course, students will have earned the OSHA 10 certification.

 

NRGY 121 Climb Safety and Rigging

1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  (F)

Introduces students to the concept of rigging and basic skills needed for every rigging operation.  The skills learned include determining the center of gravity, load balancing, operation of hoists, and use of slings to lift material.  Hooks and eyebolts will also be discussed.  Students will also learn climb safety and rescue techniques.

 

NRGY 130 Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems

[formerly SET 120 Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems]

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (Sp)

Explains energy industry mechanical systems at the component level.  Topics covered include repairing a basic mechanical system, familiarity with basic tooling, and understanding gears and rotational relationships.

 


 

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NRGY 210 Wind Technician Safety

[formerly SET 250 Wind Technician Safety]

4 cr.  (3 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  NRGY 120.

Builds on safety topics covered in the Industrial Safety and Rigging course and focuses on safety requirements and techniques common in wind energy technician jobs.

 

NRGY 220 Wind Turbine Equipment

[formerly SET 252 Wind Turbine Equipment]

3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  NRGY 120.

Introduces common wind turbine components and equipment.  The mechanical systems that make up the subsystems of wind turbines will be covered in addition to structural characteristics and aerodynamic principles.

 

NRGY 230 Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance

[formerly SET 254 Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance]

3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  NRGY 120.

Exposes students to real-world scenarios that may be encountered in the workplace.  Practice of installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of wind turbine electro-mechanical systems are included in this course.

 

NRGY 235 Building Energy Efficiency

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  NRGY 101.  (F)

Provides an overview of energy efficiency opportunities in residential buildings and prepares the student to take the National RESNET Home Energy Rater Exam.  Provides familiarity with residential construction and basic energy terminology.

 

NRGY 243 Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Design and Installation

3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  NRGY 101 and ETEC 103.  (F)

Provides students with an introduction to the fundamental principles and technologies of solar energy systems.  Emphasis on system design and installation, including site and resource assessment, load analysis, trouble shooting, and cost analysis.  The material covered prepares students for a career in renewable energy or for installing a renewable energy system on their own homes.  Solar hydronics will also be covered.

 

NRGY 291 Special Topics

V1-3 cr.  (1-3 lec/wk) (F)

Provides experimental offerings in Sustainable Energy Technology.

 

NRGY 298 Internship

3 cr. (V/wk) (F)

Provides university credit for student work experience in the area of Sustainable Energy Technology.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

 

NRGY 299 Senior Capstone

3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  NRGY 101, ETEC 103, NRGY 243, and ELCT 241.  (F)

Provides hands-on experience in which the student, under supervision, applies the skills and knowledge presented thus far in the Sustainable Energy program.  Students will participate in a sustainable energy technology design, build, and testing project of their choice.  The instructor will coach students as they take a project from concept to a working product.