Wind Technology Curriculum
From DACUM to Development
Valerie Karnes, Dean Career Technical Education
Suzie Ama, Faculty
Cerro Oso Community College
Full Performance Wind Energy Technician Certificate
This certificate is designed to prepare students for employment as a full performance wind energy technician. Building upon the Wind Energy Technology Associate Degree, this certificate provides students with advanced wind turbine maintenance and troubleshooting practices, power generation, motor controls, installation, and permitting. Any student completing 19 units required for the major qualifies for a certificate in Full Performance Wind Turbine Technology.
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Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form, such as electricity, using wind turbines. At the end of 2007, worldwide nameplate capacity of wind-powered generators was 94.1 gigawatts. Although wind produces only about 1% of world-wide electricity use, it is growing rapidly, increasing more than fivefold globally between 2000 and 2007. In several countries it has achieved relatively high levels of penetration, accounting for approximately 19% of electricity production in Denmark, 9% in Spain and Portugal, and 6% in Germany and the Republic of Ireland in 2007.
- Heavy Wind-Generation Technician Training Curriculum Outline
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