Bismarck State College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Renewable Generation Technology. The program is designed for entry-level employment in the areas of wind, solar, geothermal, fuel cell, biomass, hydro and tidal generation. Graduates of the program will have the technical skills and knowledge needed to gain entry-level employment in this industry. Graduates will also possess the tools to stay abreast the expected developments in the renewable generation of electricity.
The Renewable Generation Technology program provides students an introduction to many sources of renewable power including wind, solar, fuel cells, and others. The program includes basic operation principles as well as maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.
Students will take a number of required courses as well as 15 credits of general education courses. Topics taught in courses are electronics, mechanics, hydraulics, programmable logic controllers, motor control and many other areas that are commonly found in renewable and industrial generation plants. This program will also include extensive troubleshooting of the systems that are taught. Required courses include Introduction to Energy Technology, Safety, Health & Environment, Mechanical Fundamentals, Plant Equipment & Systems, Print Reading, Applied Math, Electrical Fundamentals, Instrumentation & Control, Safe Work Practices, Advanced Mechanical, Hydraulic Fundamentals, Solar & Distributed Grid Systems, Applied Electronics, Automation & Control, Commercial Wind Systems, and Renewable Applications & Troubleshooting.
Graduates will have the knowledge in many areas to enter the workforce in the area of renewable systems or other industrial plants. Graduates will be prepared to work in wind turbine "farms", solar generation facilities, commercial or industrial plants, or in any other industry where knowledge of many types of systems and control equipment is required.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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