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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Engineering Technology-Wind Turbine Technologies AAS (PENDING DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION APPROVAL)

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The Applied Engineering Technology program prepares students for a career as a maintenance technician in industrial manufacturing. At the completion of the program, students should be able to troubleshoot and repair industrial equipment ranging from basic mechanical equipment and electrical motor controls to the more complex systems used in manufacturing environments.

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Location: Ankeny

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Students start Fall semester.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Applied Engineering Technology AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Required Courses

Total Credits Required to Complete this AAS Degree: Wind Turbine Technologies Concentration - 67

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 300 300 100 300 300
Supplies         55  

Approximate total for program: $10,936*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

• Troubleshoot and repair industrial mechanical equipment.
• Develop and utilize predictive and preventive maintenance programs.
• Perform facilities maintenance and upgrades.
• Use digital electronic equipment including PLCs.
• Troubleshoot and repair electrical motor controls and electrical equipment.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

• Apply technical skills in mechanical and electronic equipment and repair.
• Diagnose and repair industrial hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
• Use digital electronic equipment in automated production systems.
• Diagnose and repair power transmission systems in industrial equipment.
• Wind turbine technicians will need the following attributes:
     • Ability to climb towers and work outside.
     • Ability to work in confined spaces.
     • Lift heavy equipment and tools, some in excess of 45 pounds.
     • Be unafraid of heights and confined spaces.
     • Possess a healthy respect for heights.
     • Be in excellent physical condition.
     • Work well in a team environment.
     • Ability to work productively in adverse conditions.
     • Ability to work while suspended in a harness for extended periods of time.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

• High demand for industrial electrical and mechanical technicians.
• Great variety of types of work in many types of business and industry.
• Wind turbine technicians with the following conditions could have limited career opportunities:
      • Heart disease or hypertension
     • Epilepsy, seizures, or blackouts
     • Dizziness or impaired balance
     • Severe allergic reaction to insect bites (anaphylactic shock)
     • Brittle or uncontrolled diabetes
     • Peripheral Vascular Disease (poor blood circulation to extremities)
     • Severe hearing loss
     • Psychiatric illness
     • Extreme Sun Sensitivity
     • Severe tendonitis or arthritis
     • Obesity
* Anticipated average starting salary $38,480 (2010-2011 Placement Report).

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