Energy Technology (ENRG)

ENRG 110 - Basic Electricity Units: 3

An introductory course in electrical principles, applications, and distribution. This course provides an overview of safety, circuits, wiring, grounding, resistance, current, voltage, and troubleshooting. Students will develop a basic understanding of how electricity is distributed and the implications of the emergence of renewable energy resources. This course satisfies 30 hours of instruction toward completing the embedded math curriculum requirements, in accordance with Embedded Curriculum Guidelines Option A.

Term Offered: Spring and Fall

ENRG 120 - Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency Units: 3

This course introduces students to techniques for the description, measurement, and analysis of energy use in building systems to maximize efficiency. It will include evaluation and recommendation of alternative energy solutions that will result in greater energy efficiency and energy cost savings.

Term Offered: All Semesters

ENRG 130 - Introduction to Solar Energy Units: 3

This course will introduce students to solar energy, its history, sun movement, regional climatological data, energy reflection, transmission and absorption, heat transfer, storage, collector systems, and sizing.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 132 - Solar Photovoltaic Technologies Units: 3

This course is designed to give students the basic knowledge of solar energy principles and photovoltaic applications. Topics will include PV markets and applications, safety, basic electrical, solar energy fundamentals, PV module fundamentals, system components, PV system sizing, PV system electrical and mechanical design, performance analysis, and troubleshooting.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: ENRG 130

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 142 - Solar Thermal Technologies Units: 3

This course introduces students to solar hot water and space heating systems. Topics will include system selection, site analysis, design and sizing, component selection, installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, codes and safety. The course will explore the application of solar thermal systems in both residential and commercial settings.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: ENRG 130

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 150 - Introduction to Wind Energy Units: 3

This course will cover basic principles of wind energy. Class topics will include the many facets of the proper placement (siting) of individual wind turbines as well as wind farms. Also addressed will be the physical restrictions, institutional restrictions, wind turbine noise, placement near the grid, spacing of turbines, social aspects of wind turbines, installation and environmental issues associated with wind turbines.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 152 - Wind Energy Technologies Units: 3

This course is designed to give the student an overview of the operation of wind turbine sites. Topics will include principles of operation, including safety, electromechanical maintenance, failure prediction, environmental issues, wind energy resource analysis, and financial analysis.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: ENRG 150

ENRG 171 - Well Design, Construction, and Geology Units: 1

This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the energy source fueling a geothermal power plant. Students will also gain an understanding of the basic principles of geology as they relate to geothermal systems. Methods of drilling, well construction and development will also be covered.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: MATH 96 or higher; ENG 101 or ENG 113 or higher

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 172 - Fluids, Piping, Valves and Pumps Units: 4

This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of fluid properties, fluid dynamics, and fluid systems equipment. Class topics will include gases, vapors, liquids, density, viscosity, laws of thermodynamics and conservation, and the relationship of pressure, elevation head, friction losses, parallel flow, series flow, work, and water hammer. Students will also gain an understanding of the typical equipment found in fluid systems such as piping, valves, pumps, compressors, and turbines.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: MATH 120 or higher and ENG 101 or higher, or qualifying placement scores

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 173 - Geothermal Plants, Turbines, and Generators Units: 3

This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of thermodynamics and geothermal power plant systems equipment. Class topics will include the laws of thermodynamics, heat engine power cycles, geothermal power plant configuration, and common equipment used in geothermal power plants. Students will also gain an understanding of the principles used in geothermal power plant operation, common references, performance evaluation, and maintenance practices.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: MATH 96 or higher; ENG 101 or 113 or higher

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 174 - Environmental Regulations for Geothermal Plant Operators Units: 1

Students will be familiarized with the required permits and regulations governing the operational phase of a Geothermal Power Plant. Typical permits covered will include Federal Land Agency approvals and mitigation measures, State drilling permits and well closure requirements, State operating permits (UIC, NPDES, and Solid Waste Site permits), and conditional or special use permits issued by local entities (counties and municipalities).

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 113 or higher

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 198 - Special Topics in Energy Technologies Units: 0.05-6

Various short course and experimental classes covering a variety of subjects. The course is variable credit of one-half to six credits depending on the course content and number of hours required. This course may be repeated for up to six credits.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 215 - Electrical Distribution Systems Units: 3

This course will give students an overview of electrical distribution systems. Topics will cover power transmission over the grid, data collection and analysis, data communication, and networking.

Term Offered: AS NEEDED

ENRG 271 - Fundamentals of Process Controls and Instrumentation Units: 3

This course will provide students with hands-on practical knowledge of geothermal process controls and instrumentation used in a geothermal power plant. Topics will cover the commonly used types of instruments (temperature, pressure, flow, level, speed, vibration), actuators and positioners (pneumatic, hydraulic), and controllers (PLCs, governors, voltage regulators, dedicated loop controllers), and materials of construction, selection, principles of operation, common references, performance evaluation, maintenance practices, and calibration.

Enrollment Requirements: Prerequisite: MATH 126; ENG 101 or 113 or higher; ENRG 173

Term Offered: AS NEEDED