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Energy Career Training In Nebraska

Nebraska’s Community Colleges now offer programs in advanced energy technologies — wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biofuels.  With American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 grants from the Nebraska Energy Office, four community college systems have added coursework and training equipment to prepare students for careers in renewable energy fields. Teams of instructors from the colleges have developed courses using national competency standards and continue to expand the course offerings.  Instructors have received training from organizations such as the American Wind Energy Association, National Hydropower Association, Geothermal Energy Association, Solar Energy Institute, and others who offer the most advanced thinking in renewable energy.

Energy Generation Operations — Milford

Summer Quarter 2018, July 11, 2018 - Sept. 20, 2018

Southeast Community College, MilfordEnergy Generation Operations Program: A comprehensive program of study that provides training in multiple energy systems: Renewable wind and biofuels specializations and traditional fossil fuel and nuclear programs. Students learn skills for power plant operators, ethanol production operators, wind farm technicians and operators, as well as operators of other types of energy production facilities. Programs are certified by the Wind Energy Association and the Nuclear Energy Institute. Program is designed with five quarters of for several types of energy operations. In the sixth quarter, specific types of fuel operations prepare students for careers in the type of energy generating plant of their choosing. Degree: Associates of Applied Science in Energy Generation Operations.   Their website is www.southeast.edu

Southeast Community College (SCC) is offering  Energy Generation classes at their Milford Campus.

Energy Industry Fundamentals ENER 1100
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
The course content focuses on understanding various types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electrical power. How generated electrical power is transmitted and distributed to the point of use. Natural gas transmission and distribution systems are described. Compliance with safety procedures is introduced. Careers in energy industry and entry points are covered. Energy system reliability and governance are explained.
Operator Safety ENER 1110
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
Basic operator-based safety topics including: OSHA 10-hour, Personal Protective Equipment, ladders, body harnesses, confined space, lockout/tagout, MSDS, and fire extinguishers. Students will perform a supervised climb with fall-arrest-protection to above 20 feet.
Mechanical and Fluid Fundamentals ENER 1115
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
This course will give the student a basic understanding of pumps, valves, compressors, and heat exchangers. It will explain the proper procedure on how to start, operate and shutdown pumps. Troubleshooting common operating problems of various pumps will be discussed. Functions and characteristics of reboilers, cooling towers, and condensers will be covered in detail.
Electrical Power Theory ENER 1210
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
This course introduces the student to the electrical power produced at an electrical generating station. Topics include the study of three-phase generation and transmission, power factor and correction. DC transmission, rectification, inverter systems, and grid transfer. The student will also learn about generator control, protection, and fault management.
Process Dynamics ENER 1220
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
The practical application of flow, temperature, pressure, heat, gases, liquids, solids, fluid systems, process dynamics and heat transfer are explored in detail. Automatic and manual control processes.
Technical Diagrams ENER 1235
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
This course will cover the symbols and diagrams commonly used on Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) and Process Flow Diagrams (PFD). Focus will be on identifying the types of diagrams, identifying instrument symbols and line symbols used on P&ID’s, understanding the types of information typically found on a legend, using a P&ID to locate the components of a system, and reading a PFD to trace the flow paths of a system.
Emission Control Systems ENER 1250
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
Introduction to types of pollutants, methods of monitoring and reporting requirements for electrical generating plants as well as biofuels plants. Methods of controlling pollution and regulatory agencies are covered. Identification of the major sources of pollution, explanation of control devices used to minimize polluting emissions; the importance of reducing emissions, in compliance with State and Federal regulations will be discussed. Regulatory agencies overseeing permitting and enforcement procedures both state and federal will also be covered.
Instrumentation and Control Systems ENER 1255
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
Building on the), this course will cover the essential elements of a process control system. It will cover common types of electrical and pneumatic signals used for data collection while exploring devices used to measure flow rates, pressures, temperatures, levels and analytic control. This course will compare fundamental control concepts such as on/off and PID. It will explain how control concepts are used in the various control loops of feedback, cascade, ratio and feed-forward.
Internship ENER 1900
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 John Pierce
SCC Staff will coordinate site visits so students can work with various energy-generating facilities as an intern as they explore the various businesses in an attempt to choose a focus in their sixth quarter. One week per employer shall be spent in their facilities partnering with seasoned plant operators.
Motor Controls & Switchgear ENER 2100
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 David Madcharo
This course is a study of various types of motors, motor controls, loads, drive systems and related electrical switchgear commonly used in power generating plants as well as any fuels processing system. Variable frequency controllers, contractors, protective relaying, overload protection, current transformers and other critical components are covered.
Nuclear Energy ENER 2102
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 David Madcharo
Prerequisite(s): MATH1050 Nuclear energy is a source of power which is created by a nuclear reaction. This course will give the student a basic understanding of the theory and philosophy behind nuclear energy. It will explain the rigors of nuclear culture. The atom and its binding forces will be introduced. Characteristics and properties of the various radiation types will be covered in detail. Nuclear technologies in industry, medicine, and agricultural applications will be discussed.
Boiler Systems ENER 2105
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 David Madcharo
An introductory course covering boiler operation, inspection, maintenance, and repair. Emphasis throughout is on the vital interrelationship of operation, maintenance, inspection, controls and safety devices.
Steam Turbines ENER 2120
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 John Pierce
This is an introduction to the basic operation and maintenance of steam turbines. Practical system block diagrams are presented for steam turbine systems as used in biofuels and electricity-generating plants. System flow diagrams, block-level troubleshooting techniques are covered.
Green Energy Technologies ENER 2130
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 John Pierce
This is an introduction to green energy. Practical applications for green energy as used in biofuels-generating systems. System flow diagrams and troubleshooting techniques are covered.
Nuclear Plant Layout ENER 2205
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 Michael Unruh
This course covers the purpose, operation, flow paths and system interactions of basic reactor systems. Emergency operating procedures, automatic control systems, abnormal system conditions, alarm systems are among the many topics covered in this course.
Reactor Plant Materials ENER 2220
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 Pearson
This course provides students with an understanding of the various materials used in the operation of a nuclear power plant. Topics include phase balance of materials, mechanical properties and behavior of materials, environmental effects on materials, and nuclear-specific topics such as fuel pellets, fuel rod cladding, control rods, radiation effects on materials, enrichment of radioactive isotopes and fuel pellet fabrication.
Radiation Detection & Protection ENER 2230
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 Doug Burks
This course presents the theory, application detection and shielding of the various types of radiation. Topics covered include detection devices such as survey meters, core power detectors and personnel monitoring devices. The course also discusses how exposure to radiation can be minimized and the biological impact of radiation.
Reactor Safety ENER 2240
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 Pearson
This course includes an explanation of reactor water chemistry fundamentals. We will cover basic concepts related to nuclear plant protection including administrative controls, procedural concepts and automatic reactor plant protection. Concepts related to accident analysis will be covered. Explanation of basic concepts related to transient prevention and mitigation of core damage and accident management is included.
Coal Plant Operations ENER 2300
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 Ewing
Introduction to the general layout and system operations of a typical coal-fueled electric generating plant. Coal-handling systems, emission controls, life-cycle parts monitoring, combustion controls, fire systems and general operations of a coal plant are covered.
Gas Turbine/Heat Recovery Steam Generator Systems ENER 2400
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 John Pierce
This course introduces students to the various types of gas turbine generating systems such as micro, heavy frame and aero-derivative systems. Various topics include theory of operation, fuel systems, emission controls, inlet systems, cooling, heating, and filtering. History of gas turbines is covered as well as support system
Biofuels Fundamentals ENER 2500
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 Doug Burks
Covers the history, rationale, and overall fundamental processes of Biofuels production. A Process Flow Diagram (PFD) of a typical Ethanol Plant will be used to examine the sequence of operation including resident time, pressures, and temperatures seen in various stages of production. This course will explain the rationale for feedstock and additives used in Ethanol processing as well as product and co-product production and use.
Microbial Ecology ENER 2520
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 Mumm
Introduces students to structure, classification, and ecology of microorganisms, especially as it relates to a Biofuels processing plant. Will include experience in microbiological laboratory practices and techniques as well as study of the enzymes supporting microbial ecology in Ethanol processing facilities.
Ethanol Process Operations ENER 2540
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 Lapp
This advanced process course pulls together the various concepts involving a typical biofuels processing plant. Real-life case studies will be presented as we explore control models used in this business. Topics include feedback, cascade, PID, CIP (Clean In Place), start-up, shut-down and feed-forward. Process troubleshooting concepts will be taught and practiced by students to emulate real-world failures and how to deal with those.
Military Service Energy Generations Training ENER 2099
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
Composite energy generation operations training and experience received at U.S. Government Armed Forces military training centers and deployment sites. Credit awarded is dependent upon military transcript and negotiations with the program chair.
Career Development ACFS 2020
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
Overview of career development with emphasis on the skills necessary for a job search, interpersonal skills, and communication.
Microsoft Applications BSAD 1010
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
Use of an Internet browser to work with electronic mail and cloud computing. Use of the Windows operating system and File Explorer to manage folders and files. Use of the Microsoft Office software suite to learn and apply basic features of Word, Excel, Access, and Powerpoint through the creation of various projects.
Composition I ENGL 1010
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
Composition I offers instructional practice in the techniques of effective writing. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for particular audiences and purposes and research-related skills are also emphasized.
Thinking Mathematically MATH 1050
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
This course is designed to help student think mathematically. It will cover various topics including critical thinking, logic, geometry, advanced algebra skills, basic trigonometry, statistics and other contemporary topics.
Technical Physics PHYS 1017
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
Study of physics applied to technical trades. Measurement, mechanics, and heat. Metric system, conversion of units, material properties, forces, vectors, equilibrium, friction, straight line motion, trajectories, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, simple machines, waves and sound, thermal expansion, and heat transfer.
Public Speaking SPCH-1110
Location Instructor
600 State St. Milford, NE 68405 NA
This course will assist the student to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace. This course will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will enhance the student's listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations. Students are required to present a variety of speeches before a live audience.

Southeast Community College, Milford Energy Generation Operations Registration
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To register, call (402) 437-2605.   Returning students can register online using the WebAdvisor.


Mechatronics (wind and solar) — Hastings, Grand Island, Columbus

Summer Session 2018, May 21 - July 26, 2018

Central Community CollegeMechatronics Program: Fundamentals necessary to install, maintain, and repair the latest equipment in varied manufacturing and industrial facilities. In Fall 2012, the Renewable Energy option will prepare students for entry level positions in wind and solar energy installation, operation, and maintenance; Two-year Associate of Applied Technology degree.  Their website is www.cccneb.edu  

The Mechatronics Program is offered at the following Central Community College campuses:
  • Hastings - 550 S. Technical Blvd., Hastings, NE 68902
  • Grand Island - 3134 West Highway 34, Grand Island, NE 68802
  • Columbus - 4500 63rd Street, Columbus, NE 68602


  • Concepts of Electronics I INDT 1100
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Part one of a survey course covering the electronics field.
    Concepts of Electronics II INDT 1120
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    The second course in the study of electronics principles. The student will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of alternating current, oscilloscope training and practice, inductive and capacitive effects in series and parallel resonance circuits.
    Fluid Power Fundamentals INDT 1170
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long, Wert
    A study of fundamental principles of fluid power systems. The student will become familiar with various system components and their function in circuits.
    Fluid Power Systems INDT 1190
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Provides an understanding of fluid power systems technology. This is a continuation of INDT 1170 to provide a broader understanding of fluid power.
    Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems INDT 1180
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Covers the maintenance and installation of mechanical equipment for persons with no prior training or experience.
    Introduction to Programmable Controls INDT 1200
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Fundamental concepts of programmable controls; hardware identification and application; circuit design and utilization of diagrams; system testing and construction.
    Solar Electric Seminar INDT 1212
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    This course provides knowledge of solar electric systems (also called photovoltaics or PV). Topics include on-grid and off-grid systems, overall design fundamentals including power load calculations, inverter selection, disconnects, wiring for grid intertie, charge controller technology, battery types and sizing, storage, wiring for stand-alone and related, and topics related to solar electric systems.
    Solar Thermal Seminar INDT 1213
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    This course provides knowledge of solar thermal systems (solar thermal includes solar air and water). Topics include collector design and placement, principles of heat transfer and air and fluid movement, ventilation and register placement, blower selection, various applications of closed loop, drainback, and storage designs, pump selection, controller function, and electrical safety.
    Control Systems INDT 1220
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    A variety of control circuits and electrical systems presented in both theory and practical laboratory applications.
    Transformer and Rotating Machines INDT 1240
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Covers the construction, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of transformers and motors.
    Welding for Related Occupations WELD 1280
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    For students taking welding on a related basis. Includes the basic principles and applications of the shield metal arc welding and oxyacetylene welding processes.
    Autocad Electrical Fundamentals INDT 1300
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Students will learn to use many of the electrical drawing creation tools in AutoCAD Electrical. Students will create schematic drawings, panel drawings, and PLC/IO circuits using automated commands for symbol insertion, component tagging, wire numbering, and drawing modification.
    Production Operation Management INDT 1460
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Manufacturing flow, material handling, efficient use of available facilities and equipment. Packaging, shipping, receiving, and safety equipment. Industrial layouts are developed by students.
    Basic XRC Robotic Welding WELD 1580
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Covers XRC Motoman basic programming and welding with an industrial sized robot.
    Industrial Networking INDT 2050
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    This course is an examination of the technologies used to interconnect the automated machine world in industry. It deals with the systems to connect one machine to another in a peer to peer configuration including connecting one plant location to another. Discusses how to transmit and handle real time data in the manufacturing environment.
    Control Logix I INDT 2060
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    The exploration of Distributive I/O using the Control Logix Platform and the Logix 5000 Software. This is a tag based system that allows for the utilization of multiple racks and processors across the networks utilized in industry. A discussion of instructions, communication, ownership, produced and consumed tags, and redundant processors.
    Advanced Logix Applications I INDT 2070
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    A discussion and application of advanced capabilities of the Logix Platform, Analog Devices, Control Loops, Introduction to Instrumentation and Communications.
    Applications of Fluid Power INDT 2140
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Covers hydraulics systems applications, maintenance, and repair.
    Capstone Processes INDT 2170
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Covers the construction, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance. Problem identification design of production process, selection of product or component parts for manufacture; develop manufacturing and inspection procedures; cost estimation, equipment selection, and product implementation.
    Advanced Programmable Controls INDT 2200
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Advanced concepts of programmable controls; hardware identification and application, circuit design, interfacing communications, and utilization of diagrams, system testing and construction.
    Advanced Control Systems INDT 2220
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Covers a variety of advanced control circuits and electrical systems presented in both theory and practical laboratory applications.
    Process and Servo Control INDT 2230
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Enables the student to acquire a basic understanding of what is really happening with one of the sophisticated manufacturing processes in industry. The information in this course will develop a working knowledge of a typical servo drive system.
    Programmable Automation Control INDT 2240
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    A study of fundamental principles of Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC). The student will become familiar with the programming standard IEC 61131-3 with multiple programming language styles, analog input and output hardware, PIP function and network technology.
    Human Interface to a Machine World INDT 2250
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    Provides a discussion and practical application with the software and hardware involved in allowing machine operators to control and gather data from machines. Also looks at distribution of the information throughout the plant and corporation to disseminate information to those involved.
    Applications of Industrial Sensors INDT 2410
    Location Instructors
    Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus McCartney, Cox, Arndt, Long and Wert
    An advanced course designed to inform students of the theory and applications of many sensing devices commonly used in industrial automated or instrumentation environments. Students will learn the function as all as the application of common types of discrete operating proximity sensors including optical, inductive, capacitive and ultrasonic sensing devices. Students will also learn the function and application of their analog counterparts used for precise distance and displacement measurements. Applications for force and air pressure sensing devices are covered as well.

    Central Community College Mechatronics Registration

    For more information on any of the these courses and their availability, click here to search online.

    To register you may call  402-463-9811.  


    Wind — Norfolk

    Fall Semester 2018, August 20, 2018 - December 14, 2018

    Northeast Community College, NorfolkWind Energy Program: Students learn rigging and climbing safety in and around a wind turbine, wind energy fundamentals, blueprint reading, control systems and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems and wind turbine siting. Degree: Wind Energy Diploma or an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Wind Energy Technology.  Their website is www.northeast.edu .

    The wind energy program will provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to work in positions in the wind energy field. Students will acquire knowledge and skills through concentrated classroom and hands-on learning. Upon completion of the program, graduates are placed into positions as wind energy technicians.

    Basic Electricity - WIND 1010
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Fundamental electrical theory including electrical components and their effects on AC and DC circuits. Covers electrical measurement with emphasis on circuit analysis using Ohm's law, circuit testing equipment, and the use of each instrument.
    Basic Electricity Lab - WIND 1020
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Includes practical application of safe work practices in building series and parallel circuits as used in the building industry. Includes utilizing digital meters and related test equipment in a live work setting.
    Electrical and Operations Safety for Wind Energy -WIND 1030
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    The study of the electrical safety guidelines for the wind industry.
    Wind Energy Fundamentals - WIND 1080
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Introduction to how wind works, its reliability, and its economic, environmental and political issues. Introduces the various applications and the basic principles of wind energy systems. The course will cover the past and the future of the wind industry.
    Wind Energy Fundamentals Lab - WIND 1085
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Basic study of safety, equipment safety, structural awareness, environmental hazards, fall protection, non-climbing techniques, rescue plans, and physical demands for wind technician.
    Mechanical Systems for Wind Energy -WIND 1155
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    This course is an introduction to the form and function of mechanical systems. The emphasis for this course will be on power transmission, lubrication, safety procedures, maintenance, and repair of mechanical equipment and systems.
    Mechanical Systems for Wind Energy Lab -WIND 1160
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    This course is an introduction to the form and function of mechanical systems. The emphasis for this course will be on power transmission, lubrication, safety procedures, maintenance, and repair of mechanical equipment and systems.
    Motor Control - WIND 1230
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    Practical source on various circuits commonly used to control electrical motors, including practice in troubleshooting and wiring control circuits in a laboratory situation.
    Motor Control Lab - WIND 1240
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    Practical application in constructing circuits used to control motors. Includes troubleshooting and repair of motor control systems in a lab setting.
    Blue Print Reading -WIND 1255
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Study of electrical and structural blueprints used in the wind industry. Course includes creating a materials list and cost estimates for constructing wind turbines. Students will also learn how to use a CAD program to blueprint electrical and electromechanical devices used in the operation of wind turbines.
    Cooperative Internship I -WIND 1300
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Work-study program for in-depth instruction on the job. The college gives both related and vocational instruction before and-or during this period, including seminars directly related to the work experience. These experiences are planned and supervised by the college and employers so that each contributes to the student's education and employability. First year completion of the Wind Energy program classes with a minimum GPA of 2.0 required.
    Programmable Logic Controllers - WIND 2045
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    Students will understand the relationship of Programmable Logic Controllers, software programming, and communication protocols to various control systems. Students will engage in common programming techniques, and demonstrate safe programming standards.
    Fluid Fundamentals - WIND 2055
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    The study of fluid characteristics, the operations of valves, pumps and cylinders, and the basic steps in hydraulic troubleshooting.
    Fluid Fundamentals Lab - WIND 2065
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    Practical application in the safe use of high pressure hydraulic fluids. Students will also work as a team to draw and construct a simple hydraulic circuit, analyze a hydraulic system and demonstrate the use of flow control components.
    Wind Electronics II Theory - WIND 2070
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    Students will understand the relationship of various electronic components and devices. Various circuit configurations will demonstrate the effects components have on each other.
    Wind Electronics II Lab - WIND 2075
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    Students will utilize various test equipment and demonstrate safe practices. The labs will demonstrate, with multiple circuits, the effects various components have on each other.
    Generator Theory - WIND 2080
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    Fundamental generator theory will emphasize the basic construction and components of a generator. Students will understand the theory of magnet flux and how it affects generator performance.
    Generator Lab - WIND 2085
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    Student will assemble and disassemble a small scale generator with safe work practices. Various testing equipment will be demonstrated.
    Airfoils and Composite Repair Lab- WIND 2095
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    This course will enable the student to understand the construction, design and repair of turbine components. This course will also cover the moving/transportation of wind turbines blades. Students will understand common industry terms used in the manufacturing and repair of wind turbine blades. Student will also be exposed to traditional and new repair techniques.
    Control Systems - WIND 2110
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 Nathan Simpson
    Students will understand the various industrial control systems that utilize advanced electrical and electronic components and devices such as sensors, relays, proximity switches and controllers.
    Mechanical Systems II - WIND 2210
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    This course will cover the interaction and repair of wind turbine up-tower mechanical devices. Repairs and maintenance will follow the guidelines of re-manufacturing companies along with best practices by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association. Students will have an opportunity to obtain a torque certification credential.
    Mechanical Systems II Lab - WIND 2220
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    The lab will cover the hands-on training with the various mechanisms of wind turbines.
    Data Communication and Acquisition - WIND 2270
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Students will have an understanding of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and relate the information to wind energy efficiency.
    Wind Turbine Siting - WIND 2280
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Student will understand the proper placement of individual wind turbines as well as wind farm sites. This course will cover basic principals of how to find the best site and if it is suitable for wind energy production both large and small scale. Topics that will be covered are, physical restrictions, political issues, financing, institutional concerns, wind turbine noise, shadow flicker, proper placement near the electric grid, proper spacing of turbines, and environmental issues associated with wind turbines.
    Power Generation and Distribution - WIND 2290
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Students will have an introduction to the generation of electrical power with a wind turbine generator moving that power through a transmission system to a substation. This course will cover the aspects of working with substations, voltage regulations, capacitors, and experience in a substation. This course will also cover substation grounding, substation inspection for maintenance, switching orders of high voltage circuits, installations of high side fuses. Student will experience making terminations on underground high voltage cable.
    Applied Mathematics I -MATH 1020
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 TBA
    Begins development of math skills for success in specific vocational and technical fields with major emphasis on problem solving through numerical methods using a scientific calculator and graphing. The major topics include numeration and operations, measurement, number representation, and formulas. Designed for students in building construction, drafting, electrician, industrial maintenance, utility line, and welding or machinist.
    Applied Mathematics II - MATH 1060
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 TBA
    This course provides the math skills required in career/technical fields. The course includes a review of arithmetic operations, exponents, algebraic operations, and right triangle trigonometry with empasis placed applications.
    Basic Computer Applications - INFO 1000
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 TBA
    An introduction to basic computer operations using personal computers operating in a Windows environment. Students learn to use the computer to create and edit word processing and spreadsheet documents and use the Internet as a resource for information.
    First Aid - HLTH 1710
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 John Liewer
    Study and application of the principles and techniques involved in the administration of first aid.  Deal with the prevention of accidents and emergency care and treatment including CPR that can be given until the services of a doctor are available.
    Personal and Business Finance - ECON 1010
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 TBA
    Covers the basic principles needed for effective personal and business finance management, including the practical applications of budgeting, credit, insurance, taxes, along with business overhead, break-even analysis, and return on investment.
    Human Relations - PSYC 1000
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 TBA
    Exposure to practical information from psychology for use in everyday human relations and to improve communication skills.
    Business Communications - BSAD 2050
    Location Instructor
    801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 TBA
    Development of both oral and written communicative skills. Students will be able to organize and present effective presentations gaining audience rapport and sending appropriate nonverbal messages as well as formulate effective letters, memos, and reports for business and industry.

    Northeast Community College, Norfolk Wind AAS and Diploma Registration

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