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Windsmith, Certificate


Locations:  Canby, Online.

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Our Windsmith Certificate is designed to introduce the Wind Energy Industry to individuals wanting to increase their working knowledge of this field. Those best suited have previous work experience in mechanical or electrical fields. The Windsmith Certificate is a 16 credit theory based program offered online with the exception of two courses. ELWT 1160 Environmental, Health, & Safety Wind Energy and  ELWT 1170 Wind Energy OSHA Standards and Climbing Lab are offered only at the Canby Campus and are required for completion of the Certificate. Students can begin in either the Fall or Spring and can complete all 16 credits in just one semester or choose to take courses over multiple semesters.

This certificate will introduce students to how the wind works, its reliability, and the related economic, environmental, and political issues. Students will also be introduced to the basic operating principles of wind energy systems and status of the industries past and future. OSHA safety regulations and standards that pertain to the construction and maintenance of wind turbines and the energy industry will also be covered. In addition, concepts of AC and DC circuits, as well as basic hydraulic applications are incorporated into the Windsmith Certificate.

ELCO 1110 AC/DC I 3
ELCO 1120 AC/DC II 3
ELWT 1100 Wind Energy Fundamentals 3
Wind Energy OSHA Standards 1
Environmental Health & Safety Wind Energy & Climb Lab 2
Basic Hydraulics (Lecture) 3
Elective 1


Updated: si 3/12/14