2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

Sustainable Energy Technician
City College

SET 110 Introduction to Sustainable Energy
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (Sp)
Provides an overview of sustainable energies including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, and geothermal.  Students will learn the basic principles of each technology.  Students will also investigate renewable resources and their associated technologies.

SET 120 Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (Sp)
Explains energy industry mechanical systems at the component level.  Topics covered include repairing a basic mechanical system, familiarity with basic tooling, and understanding gears and rotational relationships.

SET 130 Fundamentals of Hydraulic/Pneumatic Systems
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  M 111.
Introduces basic hydraulic concepts, formulas, and applications of hydraulic components used for directional, flow, and pressure control of circuits.  Students will identify and explain safety rules, precautions, test procedures, common components, and operating principles for hydraulic and pneumatic systems commonly found in the energy industry.

SET 150 Industrial Safety and Rigging
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk) (Sp)
Provides an overview of safe industrial practices and basic rigging techniques.  At completion of this course, students will have earned the OSHA 10 certification.

SET 160 AC/DC Electronics I
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk) (Sp)
Introduces safety rules, concepts, and operating characteristics of direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electrical circuits.  Selection, inspection, use, and maintenance for common electrical test equipment are also covered.

SET 170 Electric Motors and Generators
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 160.
Introduces terminology and basic principles of DC and AC motors and generators.  Students will study single-phase and three-phase motors and generators and operational controls.  Common AC and DC power generation equipment and testing techniques will also be covered.

SET 180 AC/DC Electronics II
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 160.
Expands the students’ knowledge of AC/DC electronics.  Safety rules, concepts, and operating characteristics of electrical circuits will be emphasized.  Capacitors, inductors, low voltage power supplies, diodes, transistors, and triodes will be introduced and analyzed.

SET 250 Wind Technician Safety
4 cr.  (3 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 150.
Builds on safety topics covered in the Industrial Safety and Rigging course and focuses on safety requirements and techniques common in wind energy technician jobs.

SET 252 Wind Turbine Equipment
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 150.
Introduces common wind turbine components and equipment.  The mechanical systems that make up the subsystems of wind turbines will be covered in addition to structural characteristics and aerodynamic principles.

SET 254 Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 150.
Exposes students to real-world scenarios that may be encountered in the workplace.  Practice of installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of wind turbine electro-mechanical systems are included in this course.

SET 260 Electrical Power and Distribution I
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 180.
Introduces generation of electrical power and moving that power through a local transmission system to a substation where a customer will purchase the generated power.  Safely working with components of a high voltage transmission system will also be covered.

SET 264 Electrical Power and Distribution II
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 260.
Expands content covered in the Electrical Power and Distribution I course.  This course covers the generation of electrical power and moving that power through a local transmission system to a substation where a customer will purchase the generated power.

SET 270 Electronic Drive Systems
3 cr.  (2 lec/2 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 180.
Exposes students to advanced electronic drive systems used in industrial applications.  Electronic control of DC and AC motors, transmission and solid-state controllers, and electronic control of power generation equipment will be discussed.

SET 280 Programmable Logic Controllers
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 180.
Introduces a variety of programmable logic controllers (PLCs).  The application, operation, and programming of PLCs will be covered, with an emphasis on programming.  Computers and manual methods will be used to program PLCs.

SET 284 Digital Electronics
4 cr.  (2 lec/4 lab/wk)  Prerequisite:  SET 180.
Introduces basic digital circuits and their use in microprocessors and other digital devices.  Reading digital logic schematics and building, testing, and troubleshooting digital circuits are also covered.

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