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Technical Courses

SOLAR ENERGY TECHNICIAN   

900 Clock Hours / 36 Weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This entire piece is written with a careful consideration of the modules to be covered in the program to help the student to become aware of potential hazards involved in working on a PV system. Safety is paramount. Students will be taught to be the first safety factor. A vivid understanding of concepts and principles which shall be enforced will enable the students in both confidence and proficiency in discharge of duties. Hence we shall foster in academic discipline as the course enfolds. These modules are organized to inform and aroused a technical interest as well as to re-enforce with sustainable living in a world of ever growing population, and increase material consumption. The student who goes through our program will be undoubtedly empowered to educate and help foster sustainability for future generation and be able to help guide decision for PV system design and installation. Students will be taught the importance of the PV system in the energy market and be able to understand the components of the energy market.
The modules are arranged to strengthen the student to become successful in understanding the basic concepts of electricity, electrical connections and circuitry as well as the underlying concept of semiconductor technology, which is the spin and principal drive of the ever increasing technology. The understanding of semiconductor will launch the student into appreciating the basics of a PV module and it’s functioning as well as types of different mounting systems that might be used.
Students who may successfully complete the course will become equipped with contemporary knowledge about various lists of components and equipment needed for PV system maintenance, and be equipped with hands on training in multiple troubleshooting techniques. The student remains the primary focus for which this curriculum has been put together and our aim is to train the student with the methodological guide of this modules filled with basic concepts, theories and activities to strengthen that purpose. We trust to lift our students to a platform of information and excitement in a new field of a demanding career filled with an array of choices.                    
COURSE OBJECTIVES
● The purpose of this curriculum is to empower the student with a basic understanding of the photovoltaic system. In this study the individual is taught the principles in PV system designing, installation, energy conservation and efficiency and safety issues relating to electricity and photovoltaic systems.
● Demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamentals of electricity, solar energy, and photovoltaics by being able to solve simple problems and perform calculations in the above-mentioned topics.
● Apply safety principles in connection with working with electricity, PV components, electrical equipment, and on roofs.
● Identify PV system components and explain their interconnections.
● Understand issues involved with the selection of an appropriate location for a PV system installation.
● Calculate electrical and mechanical loads and perform PV system sizing.
● Perform PV system electrical and mechanical design given a specific installation project.
● Analyze the performance of a PV system.
● Work efficiently in a PV system installation and conduct electrical and system performance measurements.
● Understand issues in connection with maintenance and troubleshooting of a PV system.
● Understand issues related to PV markets, applications, regulations, and policies
COURSE OUTLINES
1.          CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY (25 HRS)
            Introduction to the workshop, Covering aspects of what, how and why of the course.
2.         PV MARKET APPLICATION AND ADVANTAGES (50 HRS)
            Introduction to Photovoltaics (PV), Basic Electrical Concepts in PV Systems, Basic
            Understanding of PV system parts, Example problems will be worked out.
3.         FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICITY (75 HRS)
            Overview of basic electricity, Resistance, Current, Voltage, Power, Energy Series and
             parallel circuits, Performing electrical calculations, Practice problems.
4.         PV SYSTEM (125 HRS)
            PV systems concepts in more detail, Principles of conservation of energy use in
            buildings and its impact on the PV design. Verifying client needs.
5.         BALANCE OF SYSTEM (75 HRS)
            Sunshine Basics. Path of sun, Finding solar noon, What is full sun, How much full
            sun is received in a location, NREL data bases for estimating system performance.
            Best location for PV, Shading issues, Effects of “off south” installation, Collector
            Angles. Simple experiments and demonstration on electrical concepts, PV panels,
            wiring, calculating loads, and other exercises.
6.         FACTORS AFFECTING PV PERFORMANCE (50 HRS)
            How PV Works. The components of a PV system (Module, array, inverter, balance of
             system) The essential miracle of the semiconductor. V vs. I characteristics. The
            components of a PV system; Module, array inverter, system interconnection.
            Blocking diodes, bypass diodes what they are and when to use them. Shading effects
             on a series string.
7.         GRID - TIED PV SYSTEM (125 HRS)
            System sizing, Utility synchronous systems, Determining the Residential loads and
            Energy consumed and generated. System performance using standard data. Use of
            software packages for system sizing. Design examples and practice problems.
8.         OFF GRID PV SYSTEM (100 HRS)
         Overview of National Electric code in general for residential systems. Specific review
         of National electric code for PV Systems. Electrical inspection issues of PV systems
         and solution approaches. Mechanical consideration for mounting PV panels, Wind
         loading calculations.
         Evaluating integrity of roof due to weight of panels and wind loading. Discuss         
        different mounting systems available in market. Mounting of PV panels on roofs                
        rack mounts, dealing with steel and aluminum issues. Pole mounts
9.         PV SYSTEM INSTALLATION (125 HRS)
            Hands-on activity: Install stand-alone systems and measure performance. Students
             install a small, real-life grid connected PV system on a model roof structure using
            basic components. They test all components and measure the performance of the
            system built. Interconnection Requirements, How to obtain an intertie agreement with
            local utility. Short discussion on commercial interconnection requirements
10.       SAFETY (25 HRS)
            Safety issues regarding PV on roofs, working on roofs, OSHA                
           Requirements/Guidelines Aesthetic and appearance issues
11.       MAINTENANCE AND TROUBLE SHOOTING (75 HRS)
            PV Storage and maintenance Systems, type of typical equipment, sizing, handling of
             batteries and dissembling and troubleshooting system and list of manufacturers.
            Overview and Summary of entire course, Typical flow of process to put up a
            residential interconnected PV system from beginning to end including the common
            dos and don’ts. Review for the NABCEP Entry Level PV exam
12.       JOB READINESS DEVELOPMENT (50 HRS)
            This course is designed to help students develop the skills needed to fulfill their
            employment objectives. Various concerns will be covered. In this part of the
            course students will learn the followings:
  • Punctuality
  • Leadership Development
  • Internship experience
  • Role playing techniques on interviewing
  • Proper appearance when interviewing
  • Resume preparation and procedures on filling out a job application
ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
400 Clock Hours / 16 Weeks
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This Architectural Technology Career is one of the most technical careers that has ever been existing from the ancient time and is the most popular career that still growing in our time. The course introduces students with little or no knowledge at all, into the world of Architectural Technology. It features traditional methods of studies and CAD system; one of the most popular software applications suites used in the architectural firms today.  Students will learn how building comes to life, ability to design and read plans, learn how computer technology makes design or drafting easier, learn the three major parts that formed architecture studies (carpentry, plumbing, and electrical) with emphasis on either of the three as a major of study.  The course place emphasis on planning, designing, drawing, specifications, site investigations, blue print, plan reading and interpretation, constructions, building materials and maintenance.
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
The purpose of this course is to study computer architecture design and traditional drafting techniques by examining architectural concepts with consideration of performance, usability, reliability, and power management etc. This course covers a number of issues involved in the design and utilization of high performance computing systems and hand drafting methods. These include: Instruction Set Architecture, Performance Evaluation, Pipeline Microprocessor, Cache and Memory, Multiprocessor and Parallel Computing, Interconnection Network, and Embedded Systems. To learn techniques of hand drafting with Tee square and other related drafting equipment and relationship between hand and auto card drafting systems.
COURSE OUTLINES
1.  HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE (25 HRS)                             
This is an introductory course in which the student will get familiar with past architecture era. Major emphasis will be focused on historical periods such as Byzantine, Romanesque,
Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. The student will also learn the particular works of classical architects. This is a course of the historical developments in architecture from the nineteenth century to the present postmodern era. Major emphasis will be focused on architectural movements, beginning in Europe with the Beaux-Arts and Art Nouveau in France, the Arts and Crafts in England, the Bauhaus in Germany through to the international style of architecture in both hemispheres. The works of noted architects will be given special review.
2.  ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS (70 HRS)     
Architectural drawing teaches basic techniques through line work and lettering. The fundamental language of architectural symbols is explored with emphasis upon clarity and design. Architectural symbols are applied in the drawing of details of diversified structures. Field trips are arranged to relate the symbols to an actual building under construction. Preparation of working drawings for a complete specified project, including elevations and perspective views. A design drawing workshop where the student selects an architectural problem and develops the solution by investigating design, structure, costs and environmental condition. The student then presents his/her solution through two and three-dimensional drawings.
3.  COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN & DRAFTING (70 HRS)
This is a first course in computer-aided design CAD using the latest release of AutoCAD software. This course introduces students to the terminology, use, and capabilities of CAD. The course is taught in a hands-on fashion and the students complete projects using the hardware and software. Other than the beginning draw and edit commands, the project cover blocks and the creation of symbols libraries, isometric and wire frame modeling, and blocks with attributes.
This course is designed to introduce computer aided design (CAD) applications using the latest versions of MS-DOS and Windows environments, as well as the most recent CAAD systems. Among other topics covered are attribute and attribute extraction, external reference files, rendering and animation, solid modeling, and an introduction to customization.
4.  CONSTRUCTION METHODS (50 HRS)      
This course deals primarily with wood as structural material. Attention is given to such topics as the selection of proper grades of wood for structural and finished purposes, the protection of finished work, and conventional and non-conventional systems of wood framing for single and multi-story dwellings. Foundations are studied for design adequacy or as they might be affected by site and subsurface soil conditions. Students learn the type of tools and materials used in construction.
The course deals primarily with construction types, material and fixing. Attention is given to such topics as the selection of materials, finishing, definitions, reading plumbing plan and interpretations, and conventional and non-conventional piping systems. Foundations are studied for design adequacy or as they might be affected by site and subsurface piping conditions is also study. Students learn the type of tools and materials used.
The course deals primarily with electrical material and fixtures. Attention is given to such topics as the selection of materials, finishing, definitions, reading electrical plan and interpretations, and conventional and non-conventional wiring systems.  Students learn how design configurations might be affected by the site and subsurface conditions is also study. Students learn the type of tools and materials used. 
5.  ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY (120 HRS)
This is a first course focus on either carpentry or plumbing or electrical at advanced level leading to certification in a major area of study. At this stage a student will choose his/her major among the three programs as a career. Student will develop a specific construction project by the end of the program and present it to the class for final grade. School certificate would be awarded only on that career on successful completion of the course.
6.  BUILDING MANAGEMENT (25 HRS)              
This course introduces students to major building maintenance and management areas, such as economic way of repairs. Student must be prepared for extensive group work in these areas as relate to actual fieldwork.
7. SAFETY (20 HRS)
            Safety issues regarding Architectural Plans and Site Inspections, OSHA         Requirements/Guidelines Aesthetic and appearance issues
8.  JOB READINESS DEVELOPMENT (20 HRS)                            
This course is designed to help students develop the skills needed to fulfill their employment objectives.  Various concerns will be covered.  In this part of the course students will learn the following:
  • Punctuality
  • Leadership Development
  • Internship experience
  • Role playing techniques on interviewing
  • Proper appearance when interviewing
  • Resume preparation and procedures on filling out a job application

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