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ALTERNATIVE ELECTRICAL ENERGY

Program Overview

NOTE: This program is being withdrawn. Its inclusion in our catalog is for those students who are finishing the requirements.

This 24 credit-hour certificate program is designed to prepare students for careers in the emerging field of alternative electrical energy installation and service, and other related sustainable electrical power generation and distribution maintenance areas. The curriculum is tailored to provide entry-level career training in the least amount of time. Emphasis is placed on equipment operation, application, installation and servicing. Courses specific to instruction include: basic electricity and electronics, residential/commercial electrical wiring and codes, industrial control systems, and solar and wind power generation. Topics within these courses involve: practical electrical concepts and measurements, digital and analog circuits, hydraulic and pneumatic controls, AC/DC motors, variable frequency drives, industrial motor controls, optics and sensors, and programmable logic controllers.

Students completing this program may find employment as electrical technicians, electrician apprentices, electricians, and facilities or plant maintenance technicians in alternative electrical energy or related fields.

Students may also continue their education by pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students considering this option are encouraged to meet with the program coordinator and an academic advisor prior to beginning the program and also when planning their schedule each semester.

Program Requirements

Required:

Number Course Title Credits
ELT 110 4

Description: Introduces fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Covers basic electrical laws and principles. Presents electrical quantities, units, symbols and notation. Examines foundational electronic materials and components. Presents elementary DC (direct current) and AC (alternating current) network analysis, key semiconductor devices, and simple analog and digital circuits. Also covers electrical safety considerations, laboratory instrumentation and test and measurement techniques.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

ELT 135 2

Description: Investigates sensor operation and application for a variety of functions: tactile, photo, fiber-optic, magnetic, thermal, sonic, pressure and vision systems.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

ELT 140 2

Description: Examines the procedures and mechanisms by which programmable logic controller functions are used. Programming in ladder logic and controller code focuses on the direct application of a variety of input and output devices. Hardware, programming, peripherals and accessories are emphasized.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

ELT 142 2

Description: Introduces students to wiring topics as they relate to the residential electrical service. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, and test and measurement equipment use associated with residential alternating current (AC) power are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of low voltage control systems and single-phase AC power equipment and systems. Select portions of the National Electric Code are studied.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

ELT 143 2

Description: Introduces students to advanced wiring topics as they relate to the commercial electrical service. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, and test and measurement equipment use associated with commercial alternating current (AC) power are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of low voltage control systems and single and three-phase AC power equipment and systems. Select portions of the National Electric Code are studied.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

ELT 144 2

Description: Introduces students to fractional horsepower motors for residential and commercial applications. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, and test and measurement equipment use associated with motors and motor controls are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of direct current (DC) motors and controls, and single three-phase alternating current (AC) motors and controls.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

ELT 145 2

Description: Introduces students to variable frequency drives (VFDs) as they pertain to residential and commercial motor control applications. A safety review followed by terminology, principles, test and measurement equipment use associated with VFDs and typical applications are examined. Emphasis is placed on the practical application, operation, installation and maintenance of VFDs.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

ELT 150 2

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Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

ELT 151 2

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Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

ELT 215 4

Description: Introduces students to industrial control systems. Covers fluid power fundamentals, and pneumatic and hydraulic circuit theory. Examines the integration of optics, sensors, and various electronic control systems including programmable logic controller (PLC) and personal computer (PC) controllers. Infrared (IR) emitters and detectors, and laser systems are also examined. Introduces the application and control of automated robotic systems. The course culminates with a capstone team project involving the development, design, construction, presentation and ultimate demonstration of a fully operational automated industrial control system.

Prerequisite: ELT 110 and ELT 140 with grades of C or better, or consent of instructor.

Class Schedule:  Fall 2019 | Spring 2020

Last Updated: 11/6/19