Kirkwood Community College

Energy, Electrical, and Automation
Career Academy

 

Experience

Electrical. Solar. Wind. Alternative energy sources are increasingly popular, as well as seeking ways to use these sustainable resources more cost effectively. 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

Be prepared for further training in sustainable or renewable energy, or industrial maintenance.
 
Average Salaries
Tool and Die Maker
$48,200
Aerospace Engineer
$112,550
Wind Turbine Service Technician
$62,300
 Based on available Iowa salary data at www.bls.gov

Energy, Electrical, and Automation Courses

 * Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.



ATR-300 | Mechanical Drive Systems I | 2 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. 
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.


ATR-302 | Mechanical Drive Systems II | 1 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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.


ELE-364 | Basic Electrical Circuits | 4 credits

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 nontoxic liquids and vapors. Covers basic electrical soldering techniques, and constructing and soldering splices
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.


IND-156 | Microcomputers for the Trades | 2 credits

Introduces personal computer concepts and basic computer applications. Covers basic concepts of MS Windows, Office, CAD, Angel, Amatrol and other software used in the IMT, EPDT and AIT programs. This course is intended for students with no knowledge or experience using personal computers.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.


IND-167 | Torqueing & Tensioning | 1 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.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.




MAT-232 | Applied Industrial Math for Technicians | 3 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 binary, geometry, dimensional analysis and algebraic expressions.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.


MAT-234 | Applied Electrical Math for Technicians | 1 credit

Reviews mathematical principles and fundamentals utilized throughout the Industrial Maintenance, Energy Production and Automation programs. Covers area, volume, electrical formulas and series, parallel and series parallel circuits.
Arts & Sciences Elective Code: B.
 

Career and Transfer Opportunities
 
The Kirkwood Energy, Electrical, and Automation Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, apprenticeship programs, associate's, bachelor's and graduate degrees. Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: Automation and Instrumentation Technologies, Electronics Engineering Technology, Energy Production & Distribution Technologies, and Industrial Maintenance Technology.

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at www.kirkwood.edu/fouryeartransfer.