Program Overview

Efficient use of thermal energy is an increasingly popular area of interest for engineering students and employers. Thermal process engineering seeks to discover new catalysts for transforming energy. Industrial applications of thermal process engineering include food sciences, biofuels and petroleum. The objective of the Certificate in Thermal Mechanics Energy Systems program from Wake Technical Community College is to provide students with an organized set of courses that will improve their capacity to analyze and design innovative thermal energy systems.

This certificate is ideally suited for students interested in lifelong learning and in the advancement of their skills in an area of mechanical engineering. These systems include, but are not limited to, energy conversion systems and their fuels, refrigeration, combustion, and solar energy. Thermal energy systems either employ thermal energy directly or convert thermal energy to other energy forms. Course work for this certificate lays the theoretical foundations of design of thermal equipment and processes with applications to such areas as refrigeration, air conditioning, thermal design of electronic equipment, and numerical modeling of thermal-fluid systems.

Application of principles of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics in the component design of thermal systems will be discussed. Examples will be drawn from power generations, environmental control, and industrial processes. Students work on group projects for integration of these components in the design of thermal systems. The program will also discuss an application of partial differential equations, finite difference methods, and finite element methods in heat transfer and fluid mechanics; stability analysis, convergence criteria, and accuracy of computational techniques.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Wake Technical Community College, also known as Wake Tech, is a 2-year community college and technical training institute, with campus locations through Wake County, NC. Wake Tech was founded as the Wake County Industrial Education Center in 1958. The institution received its current name in 1987. The academic and training programs at Wake Tech are built on the values of respect, responsibility, critical thinking, accountability, collaboration and communication.

    Wake Tech offers diplomas, certificates, and associate's degrees. Wake Tech offers an online learning program that provides an alternative to taking classes in the traditional classroom environment. Wake Tech’s online programs include degrees, diplomas, and certificates.


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