Alternative Energy Technology

Alternative Energy Technology Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)


COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace

3 credits – This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

CON102 Introduction to Residential Construction

2 credits – Students will be introduced to basic residential construction safety, history, terminology, materials, and basic construction techniques. This course will cover basic information and develop manual skills needed to begin construction of a new home.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

CON302 Building Science I

1 credit – Students will learn building science principles and methods to determine how thermal energy transfer, air infiltration and ex-filtration, internal and external air pressures, moisture migration, and durable design strategies apply to today's residential design and construction industry.

Lecture Hours: 16

EGT140 Fluid Power

2 credits – This is a course of study in the basic fluid power principles and components of fluid power systems.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

EGT144 Fluid Power Applications

2 credits – This course is a continuation study of fluid power systems and applications with particular emphasis on troubleshooting and performance evaluations.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: EGT140 Fluid Power EGT149 Fluid Power Systems II

EGT152 Advanced Fluid Power and Servo Systems

2 credits – This course will teach the principles of electrohydraulic servo systems and how these systems are applied, installed, operated, and maintained in the field. Servo systems, transducers, valve characteristics, control, and performance will be covered.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: EGT149 Fluid Power Systems II, EGT144 Fluid Power Applications

EGT420 PLTW - Digital Electronics

3 credits – This course teaches applied logic through work with electronic circuitry, which students also construct and test for functionality.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

ELE194 Power Generators and Transformers

2 credits – The Power Generators and Transformers course will provide students with a working knowledge of how generators and transformers function. Training will cover the safety aspects of high voltage/power generators and transformers as the connect to the utility grids.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

ELT139 Electrical Systems

3 credits – Students will gain knowledge and hands-on experience in DC and AC circuits and principles, electrical measurement instruments, electrical safety, conductor sizes and types, wiring applications, wiring techniques, and troubleshooting.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: MAT772 Applied Math

2015–2016 Course Fee: $35.00

ELT149 Advanced Electrical Systems

2 credits – This class stresses electrical distribution systems, electrical transformers, AC and DC motor theory, operation and repair, motor testing and sizing procedures, manual and magnetic starters, and motor overload protection. Specific topics will include types of electrical distribution systems, transformer theory and operation, electrical safety related to motor systems, lockout/ tagout techniques, use of motor testing devices, and construction, sizing, and installation of motor overload devices. Extensive laboratory exercises will enhance classroom studies.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: ELT139 Electrical Systems and MAT778 Applied Geometry/Trigonometry

ELT156 Industrial Electronics

5 credits – This course covers the theory and application of devices and circuits used in industrial and commercial electronics.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 96

ELT215 Motors and Controls

2 credits – This class stresses motor control systems, devices, circuit design and construction, and troubleshooting techniques. Specific topics will include electrical safety, lockout/tagout procedures, relays, timers, pilot devices, and solid state control technologies. Extensive laboratory exercises using industrial-grade components will enhance classroom studies.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: ELT149 Advanced Electrical Systems

ELT234 PLC Programming

2 credits – This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of programmable controller operation using Allen-Bradley PLC systems. Topics to be presented will include basic system configurations and hardware, relay-equivalent instructions, timers and counters, data manipulation commands, and searching/program documentation.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

2015–2016 Course Fee: $55.00


2 credits – As modern manufacturing becomes more computer-control oriented, the industrial programmable controller plays an increasingly important role. In this course the learner will study advanced programming commands, sequencers, file moves, arithmetic functions, and data communications; as well as interfacing, troubleshooting, and applications.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: ELT234 PLC Programming

2015–2016 Course Fee: $70.00

ELT701 Embedded Processors

3 credits – This course is an introduction to microcontroller theory and applications. The objective of this course is to provide students with the basic microcontroller theory necessary to understand the operation and interfacing characteristics. This includes typical microcontroller architecture, assembly and C programming, Input/output and interfacing concepts, hardware/software interaction and applications.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: ELT409 Data Acquisition Systems

ELT736 Instrumentation and Control

2 credits – With the increase in computer-controlled systems in modern business and industry the study of instrumentation and transducers is vital to a maintenance technicians education. This course will concentrate on the types of instrumentation currently available, interfacing and cabling techniques, signal conditioning, noise control, and applications and troubleshooting of complete systems.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: IND100 Basic Mechanical Systems and EGT144 Fluid Power Applications and ELT215 Motors and Controls

ELT802 Electronics Design Project I

1 credit – This course is the first of a series of two design courses. This course will introduce the student to design concepts and procedures as related to the design of electronics equipment. This course will require the student to identify an electronics design project as an individual or as a member of a team that will be completed during this course and the Electronics Design Project II course. All design projects will be subject to instructor approval.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 32

ELT803 Electronics Design Project II

1 credit – This course is a continuation of ELT-802 Electronic Design Project I. The student will complete the design project that was identified and started in Electronic Design Project I. This course will require the student to design, prototype, troubleshoot, and debug an electronics related project based on technology presented throughout the EET program.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: ELT802 Electronics Design Project I

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

ENV155 Residential Energy Auditing

4 credits – This course covers building energy auditing and associated heating and air-conditioning equipment. The concepts of heat flow, energy audit software, building science, building envelope, construction practices, material costs, moisture concerns, proper insulation techniques, energy pricing, energy modeling, and commercial and residential HVAC systems including equipment selection, layout, piping techniques, troubleshooting, codes, preventive maintenance, multiple systems, and system accessories are covered.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

ENV170 Photo-Voltaics and Hybrid Electrical Systems

2 credits – The Photo-Voltaic and Hybrid Electrical Systems course will provide students with an opportunity to size, construct, maintain, and analyze residential or commercial sized hybrid systems. Students will gain firsthand experience working with electrical energy systems consisting of wind generators, hydrogen fuel cells, photo-voltaic arrays, battery storage systems, back-up generators, inverters, and system controllers.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

ENV185 Photovoltaic Solar Systems

2 credits – The Photovoltaic Solar Systems Installation course provides critical knowledge of solar energy and system applied to PV installations.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

HCR126 Solar Thermal Installation

2 credits – The Solar Thermal Installation course introduces solar thermal system requirements, design and configurations, installation techniques, operation and their application in residential and commercial construction.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

IND111 Industrial Safety Mechanical Systems

1 credit – This course provides students with information required to understand industrial safety issues and procedures. Studies include hazard communication, lock-out/tag-out, egress, fire extinguishers, MSD sheets, and material handling. Upon successful completion the student will be eligible for a 10 hour OSHA 501 certification.

Lecture Hours: 16

IND181 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Systems

2 credits – The Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC) course will introduce students to the environmental function control of temperature, moisture content, air quality and air circulation in a conditioned space. Our labs allow the learner to view and examine various types of HVAC systems with respect to installation, components, and characteristics.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT122 College Algebra

5 credits – Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Pre-requisites: MAT102 Intermediate Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

MAT128 Precalculus

4 credits – This one-semester pre-calculus course is intended for the student with a solid algebra background who intends to take calculus. It is also beneficial (but not required) for the student to have a background in trigonometry. The course will emphasize functions using an analytical, numerical, and graphical approach. The student will study linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions along with their applications.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: Appropriate Placement Test Scores: ACT Math Score of 25 OR Compass Score of 51-100 in the College Algebra Domain or 31-50 in the Trigonometry Domain.

Other Requirements: Successful completion (C or better) of three years of high school mathematics including two years of algebra and one year of geometry and/or trigonometry, or appropriate mathematics placement score.

MAT772 Applied Math

3 credits – This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

MAT778 Applied Geometry/ Trigonometry

3 credits – This course emphasizes practical applications of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. An understanding of mathematical concepts is stressed in all topics ranging from general arithmetic processes to trigonometry and compound angles. The use of a scientific calculator is introduced and developed throughout the course.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT772 Applied Math or appropriate placement score

PSY102 Human and Work Relations

3 credits – This course studies self and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of social science theories and research for the development of effective interpersonal and organizational relationships.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

WTT103 Wind Turbine Fundamentals

2 credits – The Wind Turbine Fundamentals course will provide students with the knowledge of the different types of Wind Turbines. Their development and their current status will be presented. The evolution of small (watts) to large (mega-watt) systems will be reviewed. The characteristics of wind capture and conversion will be analyzed from a regional, national, and global perspective. Jobs, training, and safety related to the wind industry will be studied. Students will be expected to carry out research and present reports on selected turbines or wind turbine.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

WTT144 Wind Turbine System Controls

3 credits – The Wind Turbine System Controls course will cover the control functions necessary to maximize a wind turbines output, to enable safe operation and useful life.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32


Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Kendra Wyatt-Koger
Buchanan Hall 103
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Program Advisor

Michael Barnes
Butler Hall 111
319-296-2329 ext.1322
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Ray Beets
Butler Hall 104-A
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