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    Wind Energy Professional


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    Hours: 225
    Duration: 12 months

    Language: English

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    Certification included

    To request more information, you can contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    Online courses are accessible 24/7/365 and self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own pace on your own schedule. They can be taken from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Classroom courses have a set schedule of the days and times the courses will be held, and you must attend during those specific times.

    Find out if online learning is right for you by contacting our team of registration advisers. Our team is available to answer any of your questions about taking an online course before you commit to enrolling. We will walk you through what to expect to ensure you are making the right decision. You can contact a registration adviser today via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    No, you are not required to have a diploma or higher education degree to enroll in an online course. However, some occupations may require minimum educational thresholds for employment or certification. For more information on your desired career requirements, please contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    To take an online course, you will need to have access to an internet connection and an internet ready device such as a laptop, PC, or tablet. For course specific requirements, please visit the course page or contact a registration adviser today.

    Our courses are developed with multiple formats including text, audio, video, and interactivity. Our courses also include multiple resources and tools which can include flashcards, games, activities, and more.

    No, you can take the online courses from anywhere in the world.

    We participate in several financial assistance options including third party funding, both military and non-military. To request more information on the financial assistance options available and check your eligibility, contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    Duration is the amount of time you will receive access to your course. Durations vary by course and range between 1 month and 12 months. If you complete your course before your duration ends you will continue to have access to your course until the duration period ends.

    Many of our career training programs include certification vouchers. This means that at the successful completion of your course, at no additional charge, you will receive an exam voucher for the corresponding industry certification. This voucher will allow you to register and sit for the appropriate certification exam to obtain your industry credential.

    Our online courses are open enrollment, so you can start immediately. If you are using any third-party funding to cover your course tuition, your start date may be a future date determined by your funding program.

    Once enrolled, you will be assigned a client adviser who will provide you with customer and technical support. Your client adviser will supply you with your course access information, any needed materials, and be available to answer any questions you have during your training experience. They will regularly check-in with you to monitor your progress and assist you with staying on track. You will also be assigned to a course mentor who will provide curriculum support throughout your training. Your mentor is available to answer any questions you have on your course curriculum, will monitor your progress and understanding of the curriculum, and may give assignments or quizzes.

    If you experience any trouble accessing your course including technical issues or lost login credentials, please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

    We strive to provide a fully online experience for students however some of our training courses include physical materials or equipment. Courses that have materials shipped directly to students will be shipped within 7 business days of registration. Some training courses have material for different sections and these courses may require multiple shipments as you completed stages of your course.

    Our goal for students is to successfully complete their training course and achieve their career goals. We understand that extenuating circumstances can interfere with your ability to complete your course in the duration given. Because of this we have free or low-cost extensions available for our courses upon request. To discuss or request an extension please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

    Upon successful completion of your course and fulfillment of any outstanding financial obligations, you will receive your certificate of completion. Certificates are provided to you within 30 days of completion. Your certificate will validate the training course you completed with a stamp of completion.

    Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.

    Program Description

    The availability of clean, renewable power is without question going to be the defining challenge and goal of the 21st century, and wind will lead the way. Wind power can realistically not only replace the lion’s share of oil, coal, and natural gas fired electrical plants in the U.S., but also can add enough extra power capacity to allow for most of the cars in the nation to run on electricity. This Wind Energy Professional course is designed specifically with technicians in mind! Our course covers all aspects of installing and troubleshooting wind turbines, giving technicians the knowledge they need to handle even complex maintenance tasks. This course explains how wind turbine blades harvest wind energy, and how generators convert shaft turning energy into electricity. It shows how electrical and hydraulic systems control the speed of wind turbine blades, energizing blade pitch and yaw position controls. Mechanical subjects such as gears, transmissions and gearboxes are discussed in detail. Some additional course features include: • Comprehensive, in-depth coverage—including wind turbine installation and troubleshooting, towers, blades, generators, control, and much more • History, background, trends, and demand projections—Provides the context needed to understand the growing role of wind energy • Coverage of all parts of vertical and horizontal wind turbines—including small, medium, and large wind turbines • Essential electrical coverage—including basic electricity theory, magnetism, motors, generators, PLC controls, and the electrical grid • Extensive discussion of mechanical topics • Towers, tower designs, and safety- walks through the advantages and disadvantages of each type of tower, discusses the principles of safe tower design and construction, and explains nacelle installation • Integration of wind-generated electricity into the grid

    Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to: • Comprehend the core elements of wind energy • Identify features of wind turbine technology • Identify wind turbine classifications and specifications • Identify components of wind turbines and generators • Identify the steps for installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting


    Wind Energy Professional Module 1 Wind Energy Basics – Part 1 • Overview of Wind Energy • Wind Turbine Size Classes • Wind Turbine Technology • Mini Wind Turbines • Household Size Wind Turbines • Small Commercial Wind Turbines • Large Wind Turbines • Vertical Axis Revival • Power in the Wind • Air Density • Wind Speed Distribution • Estimating Wind Performance • Power Curve Method • Towers & Tower Placement • Problems with Wind Turbines Wind Energy Professional Module 2 Wind Energy Basics – Part 2 • Off the Grid • Hybrid Wind & Solar Systems • Wind Pumping • Interconnection Technology • Power Quality & the Utility • Net Metering • European Distributed Generation • Distributed Generation in North America • Community Wind • Size of Community Wind Projects • Ownership Requirements • Investing in Wind Energy • Economics & Profitability • Subsidies & Incentives • Electricity Feed Laws Wind Energy Professional Module 3 Wind Power & Wind Turbines • Wind Turbine Classifications • Wind Turbine Specifications • Electricity Transmission Limitations • Total Peak Demand • Tax Considerations for Wind Power • Jobs in Wind Power Industry • Physics of Wind Power • Geography considerations • Variations in Wind Speed • Predicting Wind Speed • Site Requirements • Vertical Axis Wind Turbines • Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines • Blade Geometry • Comparison of Blade Types • Wind Turbine Performance • Blade Pitch Control • Testing Wind Turbines Wind Energy Professional Module 4 Wind Turbines & Generators • Basic Parts of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines • The Nacelle & the Nacelle Bedplate • Rotor Hubs & Blade Types • Rotational Speed & Rotor Speed Control • Yaw Mechanism & Drives • Yaw Control & Drive Brakes • Data Acquisition & Communications • The Anemometer & Wind Vane • Basic Operation of the Programmable Logic Controller • PLC Inputs & Outputs • PLC Analog Control • Hydraulic Controls & Pumps • Hydraulic Cylinders & Motors • Brakes on Wind Turbines • AC & DC Electricity • Frequency of AC Voltage • Magnetic Theory • DC Generators & AC Motors • Asynchronous & Synchronous Generators • Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generators Wind Energy Professional Module 5 Gearboxes, the Grid & Towers • Gearboxes & Direct Drive Systems • Advantages of Gear Ratios • Types of Gears • Gearbox Differential & Spur Gears • Drive Trains • Understanding the Grid • Transformers, Transmission, & Distribution • Grid Code Rules & Regulations • Utility Grid-Tied Net Metering • Voltage, True Power, & Reactive Power • System Grounding • Underground vs Overhead Feeder Circuits • Types of Wind Turbine Towers • Foundations & Concrete Support for Towers • Climbing Towers • Safety Issues with Towers • Lightening Safety for Wind Turbines • Tower Maintenance Wind Energy Professional Module 6 Installation, Troubleshooting & Maintenances • Wind Site Assessment • Site Issues • Visual & Landscape Assessment • Commercial Wind Turbine Systems • Offshore Installations • Installation of a Wind Turbine • Troubleshooting Process • Troubleshooting Tables & Matrix • Generation & Transmission Problems • Mechanical & Tower Problems • Electrical & Hydraulic Problems • Major Overhaul of a Wind Turbine • Basic Electricity • Measuring Volts, Amps, & Ohms • Fundamentals of Electrical Circuits • Capacitors & Capacitive Reactance • Volt-Ampere Reactance (VAR) • Three Phase Transformers • PNP & NPN Transistors • Inverters: Changing DC Voltage to AC Voltage



    There are no prerequisites for this wind energy program.


    Technical Requirements

    All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements: Internet Connection • Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless) Hardware Requirements • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended Software Requirements • Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website) • Google Chrome is the best browser for this course • Cookies MUST be enabled • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled) • Kindle Reader App may be needed for some reading assignments (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.) • Adobe PDF Reader • Adobe Flash Player • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player • PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don't have PowerPoint)



    • 100% Online, Self-Paced • Open Enrollment • Admissions and Student Support • Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content • Industry Certification Exam, when applicable • Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion

    Career Services

    Students that successfully complete our career training are given a full years access to our modern day career services. With our career services, students are provided a multitude of career development tools to help launch their career quickly and successfully. These tools include:

    • Certification Exam Voucher and Registration Assistance (If Applicable)
    • Resume Building Assistance
    • Externship or Shadowing Placement
    • Career Coaching
    • Employer Skills Matching
    • And More!

    We are dedicated to serving our students on their unique career development journey. Whether you are transitioning to a new career, entering the workforce for the first time, or an experienced professional looking to climb the corporate ladder, our career services team can provide you with professional development tools applicable for any stage of your career.

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