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    Wind Energy Technician


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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Website Short 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 Technician program covers all aspects of installing and troubleshooting wind turbines, giving technicians the knowledge they need to handle even complex maintenance tasks. This program 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. The program also includes discussions on stress management and career development. Throughout, students will apply critical thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations. The skills students learn from this program will be essential to student success not only in the academic context, but will also carry over to any professional undertakings thereafter. Lastly, this program focuses on career planning, enhancing resume writing, and improving interviewing skills for those seeking employment.


    12 months



    Instructor Description

    This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors review student work, student progress, and interact with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.

    Required Materials

    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
    • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
    • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
    • Adobe PDF Reader


    Renewable Energy Specialist Module 1 Principles of Renewable Energy and Solar Radiation • Energy and Sustainable Development • Technical Implications • Standards and Regulations • Atmospheric Transmission, Absorption and Reflection • Extraterrestrial Solar Radiation • Components of Radiation • Measuring Solar Radiation • Site Estimation of Solar Radiation • Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change Renewable Energy Specialist Module 2 Solar Water Heating and Thermal Applications • Calculation of Heat Balance: General Remarks • Flat-plate Collectors • Selective Surfaces • Instrumentation and Monitoring • Social and Environmental Aspects • Air Heaters • Crop Driers • Water Desalination • Solar Salt-Gradient Ponds and Solar Concentrators • Fuel and Chemical Synthesis from Concentrated Solar Renewable Energy Specialist Module 3 Photovoltaic (PV) Power Technology and Hydropower • Photovoltaic Circuit Properties • Applications and Systems • Maximizing Cell Efficiency • Types and Adaptations of Photovoltaics • Social, Economic and Environmental Aspects • Assessing the Resource Hydropower • Impulse and Reaction Turbines • Hydroelectric Systems • Pumped Hydro Storage Renewable Energy Specialist Module 4 Wind Resource and Wind Power Technology • World Wind • Characteristics of the Wind • Wind Instrumentation, Measurement and Computational Tools and Prediction • Turbine Types and Terms • Linear Momentum and Angular Momentum Theories • Blade Element Theory • Power Extraction by a Turbine • Electricity Generation • Mechanical Power Renewable Energy Specialist Module 5 Photosynthesis and Bioenergy Technologies • Trophic Level Photosynthesis • Photosynthesis at the Cellular and Molecular Level • Energy Farming: Biomass Production for Energy • R&D to ‘improve’ Photosynthesis • Biofuel Classification • Direct Combustion for Heat • Anaerobic Digestion for Biogas • Wastes and Residues • Biodiesel from Vegetables and Algae Renewable Energy Specialist Module 6 Wave Power and Tidal-Current and Tidal-Range Power • Wave Motion, Energy and Power • Real (Irregular) Sea Waves: Patterns and Power • Energy Extraction from Devices • Wave Power Devices • The Cause of Tide • Enhancement of Tides • Tidal-Current/Stream Power • World Tidal Power Sites Renewable Energy Specialist Module 7 Ocean Gradient and Geothermal Energy • Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) • Practical Considerations about OTEC • Devices • Related Technologies • Osmotic Power from Salinity Gradients • Geophysics • Dry Rock and Hot Aquifer Analysis • Ground-Source Heat Pumps Renewable Energy Specialist Module 8 Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency • Distribution Technologies • Electricity Supply and Networks • Comparison of Technologies for Energy Storage • Energy Storage for Grid Electricity • Batteries and Fuel Cells • Energy End-Use by Sector • Energy-Efficient Solar Buildings • Transport • Manufacturing Industry • Domestic Energy Use Renewable Energy Specialist Module 9 Institutional and Economic Factors • Socio-Political Factors • Economics • Life Cycle Analysis • Policy Tools • Quantifying Choice • Present Status of Renewable Energy • The Way Ahead 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 • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx) • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended • Cookies MUST be enabled • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled) • Adobe PDF Reader


    The Certified Renewable Energy Specialist (CRES) national exam solidifies individuals as nationally recognized professional who specialize in Renewable Energy (CRES). Designation as a Certified Renewable Energy Specialist (CRES) will allow you to stand out as a Renewable Energy Specialist. Certified Renewable Energy Specialists (CRES) combines his or her knowledge of the different sustainable, renewable energy sources into one field of Green expertise. Reality is, that understanding how to conserve energy through the use of solar and wind sources is not optional anymore, but necessary. A Certified Renewable Energy Specialist (CRES) must be able to understand and implement strategies for relying on the emergent generation of technologies which will be employed to provide energy for the power grid over the next 20 years. Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.

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