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Wind Energy Professional

In this course, you’ll learn the basics of wind energy principles, including wind technology, wind energy anatomy, wind farm design, wind business, and characteristics of energy sources. This course covers the fundamentals of hydraulics and the basic theory and practice of electrical circuits, including calculations as applied to alternating and direct currents.

6 Months / 240 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Ashland Community & Technical College

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Learning Method


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Wind Energy Professional

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES718

What You Will Learn
  • Describe the evolution of wind turbine technology
  • Discuss air flow characteristics and blade efficiencies
  • Assess human resources and business planning policies, procedures, and processes
  • Explain contract management, fulfillment, and liability to the landowner and manufacturer
  • Discuss wind business policies and procedures
  • Explain atomic structure and basic values such as voltage, current, resistance, and power
  • Summarize the principles of magnetism
  • Utilize electrical measuring instruments
  • Display competence in principles and operation of basic hydraulic systems
  • Interpret schematics and troubleshoot both open- and closed-center hydraulic systems
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 240 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Jump-start your career as a wind energy professional
  • Help the nation work toward using more clean, renewable, domestic energy
  • Learn the technical and communication skills needed to be successful in the industry
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by receiving additional training in the field


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Wind Energy Principles

Begin the course by learning about the history of the wind energy industry, including testing your knowledge of turbine components and aerodynamics.


Understand how to use CRM and Six Sigma when working within the industry. Learn about root cause analysis, and SWOT.


Learn how to effectively use inventory and supply chains, lease agreements, HR and company policies, and more.

Basic Electrical Theory

Receive an introduction to basic electrical theory by learning about the principles of magnetism, circuits, mathematics, and properly using electrical measuring instruments.

Introduction to Hydraulics

Understand the safety and principles of hydraulics, along with the symbols and codes needed to correctly perform jobs within the industry.

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Complete the course by leaning about the various tools and components of hydraulics and pneumatics. This includes items such as pumps, valves, cylinders, motors, and actuators.

  1. Wind Energy Principles
    1. Wind History
    2. Wind History Knowledge Check
    3. Wind Turbine Components
    4. Wind Turbine Components Knowledge Check
    5. Aerodynamics
    6. Aerodynamics Knowledge Check
    7. Meteorological Factors Knowledge Check
    8. Wind Farms
    9. Wind Farms Knowledge Check
    10. CRM
    11. CRM
    12. Six Sigma
    13. Six Sigma Knowledge Check
    14. Root Cause Analysis
    15. Root Cause Analysis Knowledge Check
    16. SWOT
    17. SWOT Knowledge Check
    18. Inventory Chain
    19. Inventory Chain Knowledge Check
    20. Supply Chain Management
    21. Supply Chain Management Knowledge Check
    22. Lease Agreements
    23. Lease Agreements Knowledge Check
    24. HR and Company Policies
    25. HR and Company Policies Knowledge Check
  2. Basic Electrical Theory
    1. Program Introduction
    2. Fundamentals of Electricity
    3. Principles of Magnetism
    4. Circuits
    5. The Mathematics of Electricity
    6. Using Electrical Measuring Instruments
    7. Inductance and Capacitance
  3. Hydraulics and Pneumatics
    1. Welcome
    2. Safety
    3. The Principles of Hydraulics
    4. Symbology
    5. Components: Intro
    6. Components: Pumps
    7. Components: Flow Control Valves
    8. Components: Solenoid Two-way Valves
    9. Components: Spool and Directional Valves
    10. Components: Logic Valves
    11. Components: Pressure Control Valves
    12. Components: Pressure Relief Valves
    13. Components: Pressure-reducing Valves
    14. Components: Cylinders
    15. Components: Motors
    16. Components: Actuators
    17. Storage
    18. Hydraulic Plumbing
    19. Fluids (Petroleum-based)
    20. Miscellaneous Components
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Instructors & Support

James Beall

James Beall is an instructor for the Wind Energy and Electromechanical Technician programs at Texas State Technical College. Beall teaches Introduction to Wind Energy, Wind Safety, Basic Fluid Power, D.C. Circuits, Electromechanical Principals of a Wind Turbine, Wind Power Delivery, and Electromechanical Systems. He is also certified as Hytorc Trainer, Dewind Level 4 Technician, Siemens Level 4 Technician, CICB Certified Crane and Rigging, and Signal Person Trainer.




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.



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When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

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