Linn County Regional Center - Academy Plans of Study

KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE - LINN COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER
Electrical and Mechanical Technology Academy

College Credit in High School
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Experience
Electrical. Solar. Wind. Alternative energy sources are increasingly popular, as well as seeking ways to make these resources more cost effective and sustainable. Unique, hands-on laboratory and classroom experiences in this academy provide foundational skills, including access to industry experts and jobsite tours. 

Outcome
Development of entry-level skills and industry certification and knowledge for those who want to pursue one of the many careers available in the sustainable energy and industrial maintenance industry.

Career Focus
Prepared for further training in the sustainable or renewable energy, or industrial maintenance.

College Credits earned: 13

The Kirkwood Energy and Industrial Maintenance Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, apprenticeship programs, associate, bachelor's and graduate degrees. Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: Energy, Electrical, Architectural Technology, Carpentry, Construction, Masonry Technology, Plumbing Technology and Construction Engineering. If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at www.kirkwood.edu/fouryeartransfer.

Iowa average salaries in energy/industrial maintenance careers
Plant maintenance: $45,930
Electrician: $60,000
Wind Energy Technician: $60,000
Electrical Engineer: $85,000
More info can be found at: www.bls.gov


College Credit Courses
Courses subject to change based on college curriculum.
*sequence of courses subject to change based on faculty availability

FALL 

EL
E-233  |  Electrical Safety & Shop Methods  |  1 college credit
Focuses on basic safety for electrical trades. Studies general shop safety, the effect of electricity on the human body, and safe handling of batteries, toxic and non-toxic liquids and vapors. Covers basic electrical soldering techniques, and constructing and soldering splices. Credits: 1, Hours: (.6/.8/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

MAT-230  |  Maintenance Math I  |  2 college credits
Reviews mathematical principles and fundamentals that enable students to understand and apply course material throughout the Industrial Maintenance, Energy Production and Automation programs. Covers metric prefixes, conversions, exponents, scientific notation, engineering notation, ratios, proportions and algebraic expressions. Credits: 2, Hours: (2/0/0/0), Prereq: none; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

IND-167 | Torqueing and Tensioning | 1 college credit
Focuses on proper use of torque wrenches to apply appropriate torque and tension on bolts. Reinforces concepts and theory covered in lecture with hands-on labs. Credits: 1, Hours: (.5/1/0/0), Prereq: none. Coreq; none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B

ELE-235  |  Electrical Theory, Measure, Circuits  |  3 college credits
Covers electrical theory, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and calculations. Focuses on using a variety of electrical meters to measure circuit parameters. Reinforces theory and classroom study with practical lab exercises. Credits: 3, Hours: (1.5/3/0/0), Prereq: ELE-233, MAT-230; Coreq:none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B 

SPRING

ELE-238  |  AC, Magnet, Transformer, Relays  |  1 college credit

Expands existing study of AC theory and focuses on calculating AC sine waves. Introduces magnetic induction, transformer theory and magnetic relays. Reinforces theory and classroom study with practical lab exercises. Credits: 1, Hours: (.5/1/0/0), Prereq: ELE-233, MAT-230; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B 

MAT-233  |  Maintenance Math II  |  2 college credits
Reviews mathematical principles and fundamentals that enable students to understand and apply course material throughout the Industrial Maintenance, Energy Production and Automation programs. Covers dimensional analysis, area, volume, binary and electrical formulas. Credits: 2, Hours: (2/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-230; Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B 

ATR-300  |  Mechanical Drive Systems I  |  2 college credits
Introduces fundamentals of mechanical drives. Includes couplings, chain drives, pulley drives, motor leveling and alignment. Reinforces concepts and theory covered in lecture and online material with hands-on labs. Prereq: IND-167

ATR-302  |  Mechanical Drive Systems II  |  1 college credit 
Introduces additional fundamentals of mechanical drives. Includes bearings, gaskets and gear drives. Reinforces concepts and theory covered in lecture and online material with hands-on labs. Credits: 1, Hours: (.5/1/0/0), Prereq: ATR-300, IND-167); Coreq: none; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B


Need to know
Students must be available Monday-Thursday for 2.5 hours of contact time for the entire academic year.

Students strongly encouraged to have had, or be concurrently enrolled in, Algebra I to take this academy.

How to Get Started
Talk to your parents and your school counselor.

Go to www.kirkwood.edu/hscreditapply.