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Wind Turbine Technician

Available at: Kingston

Overview

The Wind Turbine Technician program will provide students with in depth knowledge and hands-on experience of the electrical and mechanical aspects as they relate to wind turbines. You will also learn fiberglass repair techniques as they relate to wind turbines. You will receive safety training for working at heights and in confined spaces. In order to
complete this program, you must have no fear of heights and you must be physically fit.

Note: This program will follow the same course curriculum as the wind turbine technician/ industrial electrician apprenticeship diploma program; however it is not an industrial electrician apprenticeship training program.

Students who are interested in the electrical field and who successfully complete the program may be exempt from the in-school portion of the industrial electrician apprenticeship certification.

Highlights

Unique Learning Opportunities

As part of our program, we will provide our students the opportunity to be certified by BZEE, the German wind industry training institute. This internationally recognized certification will ensure world wide access to wind turbine technician jobs. Another great feature for our students is the opportunity to take one course during fourth semester at the nearby Wolfe Island Wind farm, one of the largest wind farms in Ontario.

Career Opportunities

The Wind Power Industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Canada. The demand for trained and certified Wind Turbine Technicians is also growing rapidly.

As a Wind Turbine Technician you will be at the forefront of a new and growing industry. You will be working with modern technology in a demanding environment. It will be your responsibility to install and carry out scheduled preventative maintenance on large size wind turbines as a member of a maintenance team. This will include performing inspections, taking measurements and providing documentation. You will be called upon to diagnose and repair any fault and as such contribute to the ongoing safe operation of the Wind Turbine.

You will be engaged in a green energy career, contributing in a significant way to improving our environment and providing clean electrical power to Canadians.

Apply now at www.ontariocolleges.ca.

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Program Name

Wind Turbine Technician

Program Code

1046

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

September
May 2017 International Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)

Kingston

Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees are $2,850.18. Compulsory fees are $1,092.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fees are $13,420.00. Compulsory fees are $1,770.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.
May 2016 intake for International students

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1
ELET 100 Electrical Fundamentals
ELET 102 Residential Drawings
ELET 103 General Mathematics
ELET 106 Canadian Electrical Code
WTEC 104 Installation Methods I
WTEC 105 Instrumentation I
WTEC 106 Electronics I
GENE 60 Contemporary Topics in the Workplace

Semester 2
ELET 202 Commercial Drawings
ELET 206 Canadian Electrical Code II
GENE 106 Wind Power in Canada
WTEC 203 DC and AC Fundamentals
WTEC 204 Installation Methods II
WTEC 205 Instrumentation II
WTEC 206 Electronics II
WTEC 207 Monitoring & Communication Systems

Semester 3
ELET 403 Programmable Logic Controllers
ELET 404 Variable Speed Drives
INDE 303 Electrical Theory - Advanced
WTEC 301 Installation Methods: Transformers
WTEC 302 Instrumentation III
WTEC 400 Mechanical Systems
WTEC 308 Hydraulics & Pneumatics

Semester 4
ELET 302 Industrial Drawings
ELET 405 Canadian Electrical Code III
WTEC 402 WT Construction, Mechanical
WTEC 405 WT Theory & WT Construction, Electrical
WTEC 406 Rotor Blade Repairs
WTEC 407 Work Planning & Computer Applications
WTEC 408 WT Hydraulics
WTEC 409 Safety Training
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U (or MCR3U or MCF3M);  MCT4C Recommended
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Prerequisites

Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit: www.ontransfer.ca

Testimonials

I have recently written (and passed!) my C of Q exam in Kingston, and wanted to thank you for the work that you put in teaching me to think like a millwright. "Proper planning prevents poor performance" is something to live by really...
 
The C of Q had lots of procedure questions, what to do and when, and I found a lot of the questions involved turbines to some degree. There were a couple of questions involving troubleshooting a hydraulic system using a given schematic, and more than a couple of questions covering all aspects of vibration analysis. Here are some of the ideas that I remember seeing.
 
- Bevel protractor and mic readings
- Crane lift signals involving movement of the boom
- Good old Pythagoras
- Sling types and % of SWL (choker, basket)
- Regular lifting vs. lifting people ratios
- What to check on a crane if it starts to become out of alignment
- What tool to use when checking continuity in an electric motor
- F = A x P
- Actuator problems in pneumatic circuit (erratic operation, how to fix 'hammer')
- Proper placement of a sequencing valve in a hydraulic circuit
- How and where to check pipe stresses after pump install
- Procedure of motor install to existing pump
- Procedure for drain/check/fill of a fan bearing
- Possible cause of immediate bearing failure upon startup in a condensate pump after long shut down
- Solution to vibration in turbine rotor
- How many/which bearings to fix in a multi bearing system
- Material handling rollers turning corners and weight ratios (4 rollers hold 30 tons, how much should 2 rollers be rated for)
- Fan speed ratios (CFM/HP)
- Alignment readings, figuring out where and how much to shim
- Belt splice angles for belts on small diameter pulleys
- Which way to face spring pin in roller chain when installing
- Where to place vibration analysis equipment for couplings and closed gear boxes
- Where unbalance and coupling misalignment shows in vibration readings
- The difference between predictive and preventative maintenance and what each entail.
 
I hope that some or all of this will help in preparing another squad for success. 
 
Cheers!
Kevin Latocha



Kevin Latocha

Program Contact

Aidan Wornes
awornes@sl.on.ca

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office
Dreamit@sl.on.ca

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at ontariocolleges.ca and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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