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PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Hours: 0
Course Code: SAFE-1005

Blueprint Reading and Sketching

This course introduces students to blueprint reading and sketching. Reading of construction and engineering drawings is a core skill for technicians in the wind energy sector. Students work with various types of technical drawings and specification packages, and estimate materials and timelines from drawing packages. In addition, students create simple sketches using standard drawing implements.

Hours: 45
Course Code: BLPR-1015

Workplace Communications

This course is designed to allow students to develop preparatory skills for securing and retaining employment including; workplace communication, time management, critical thinking and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon successful completion of this course students are able to use oral communications techniques, and create a variety of written documents and reports used in the workplace. Methods and strategies for job search, preparation and retention are also incorporated.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMM-1005

Computer Essentials

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of various software programs and information processing systems used in today's workplace and educational environments. Students develop the skills necessary to understand and efficiently use common workplace productivity tools. The main areas of focus include: operating systems, e-mail and groupware, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software, and the integration of these technologies.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMP-1000

Wind Energy Electrical Fundamentals

This course introduces Wind Turbine Technician students to the basic principles required to solve alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) circuits. The relationships among voltage, impedance, and current are analyzed and reinforced with theory and practical lab activities.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ELEC-1405

Wind Turbine Electrical Equipment and Distribution

Students are introduced to electrical equipment used in wind turbine generators and how those generators are connected to the distribution grid. Students become familiar with electrical generation and distribution equipment, and AC/DC machines, with attention paid to monitoring, testing and maintenance of equipment and systems.

Hours: 60
Course Code: ELEC-1410

Wind Turbine Controls

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic theory and operation of common industrial control systems used in the wind energy industry. Networking principles, protocols, and commonly used hardware types are examined. Students practice common troubleshooting and diagnostic techniques.

Hours: 30
Course Code: ELEC-1415

Wind Turbine Hydraulics

This course is an introduction to fluid power technology as it relates to hydraulic systems. Topics covered include; the theory of hydraulics, types of fluids, conductors and seals, reservoirs, hydraulic actuators, control valves and pumps. Students focus on the fundamentals of hydraulic system components, and skills are reinforced through laboratory work.

Hours: 45
Course Code: FLUD-1070

Wind Turbine Trade Math

This course is designed to enable the student to develop trade related math skills. Students acquire competency in the math skills as they relate to their trade and future career. Emphasis is placed on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills that are used in trouble-shooting. Students are challenged to continually make connections between math and the electrical field, as well as every day applications.

Hours: 45
Course Code: MATH-1040

Wind Turbine Mechanical Systems I

Students are introduced to basic mechanical theory and standard work practices with mechanical systems. Use of hand tools, tool inspection, fastener selection and application, and lubrication techniques are explored.

Hours: 45
Course Code: MECH-1110

Wind Turbine Mechanical Systems II

Students build on their theoretical knowledge to assemble drivetrain systems. Students learn about bearing systems, and assemble shafts with plain and anti-friction bearings. Emphasis is placed on leveling and alignment of machines with both traditional hand tools and electronic laser equipment. The role of vibration analysis as a diagnostic and predictive tool is also explored.

Hours: 60
Course Code: MECH-1120

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills from a certified trainer. As required by regulation, this course covers CPR and the management of other breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as, the control of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. Also, includes automated external defibrilators (AED). This certification expires in 3 years.

Hours: 12
Course Code: NCPR-1001

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Hours: 3
Course Code: NCPR-1002

Certified Fall Protection

Students are trained and become certified in the application and use of fall protection equipment. Students explore hazards, legislative requirements, as well as various types of fall protection systems and their components. Demonstration of the proper application and use of fall protection is required in order to pass this course.

Hours: 6
Course Code: NCPR-1066

Lock Out Tag Out - Workplace Electrical Safety

Students are trained in lock out tag out operations for working on and around sources of potentially hazardous energy. Students become familiar with the requirements as outlined in CSA Z462-18 - Workplace Electrical Safety.

Hours: 12
Course Code: NCPR-1070

Confined Space Awareness

Students will be trained and certified in Level 1 confined space awareness.

Hours: 12
Course Code: NCPR-2001

High Angle Rescue

Students are trained in basic safety guidelines, procedures and emergency rescue drills typically used during rescue operations on wind turbines. The course includes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) handling, care and maintenance and follows the safety standard as outlined in BZEE-HSE-05 Working at Heights and Rescue Training, Basics.

Hours: 18
Course Code: NCPR-2005


This course is designed to introduce students to mechanical physics. Topics in this course include kinematics, statics, energy, states of matter and waves. Emphasis is placed on developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills as the students relate the physics' concepts to their program of study and their future career.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PHYS-1000

Introduction to Wind Turbine Systems

This course introduces students to the basics of wind energy. Students learn the history of wind power, the different types of turbine designs used in modern industry, the components of turbine systems, turbine aerodynamics and site selection. The differences between the small scale wind market and utility, or large wind projects are outlined.

Hours: 30
Course Code: WIND-1000

Wind Turbine Work Practices I

Students are introduced to industry best practices in terms of safety and planning for field work to ensure the continued health and safety of workers while completing work tasks. Students use risk assessment tools in the completion of simple tasks and the development of job safety analysis for complex tasks, and apply workface planning concepts as they participate in a variety of workplace tasks. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation is explored and incident investigation techniques are introduced.

Hours: 150
Course Code: WIND-1010

Wind Turbine Work Practices II

A continuation of Wind Turbine Work Practices I, students apply industry best practices in terms of safety and planning for field work to ensure the continued health and safety of workers while completing work tasks. Students use risk assessment tools in the completion of simple tasks and the development of job safety analysis for complex tasks, and apply workface planning concepts as they participate in a variety of workplace tasks.

Hours: 60
Course Code: WIND-1020

Wind Turbine Rotor Inspection and Repair

This course allows students to develop the skill sets necessary to perform inspections and repairs on a variety of blade materials used on modern wind turbine rotor systems. Students practice non-destructive testing (NDT) on blades as well as complete minor repairs using a variety of polymer and fiber sheet materials. Heat and chemical curing techniques are explored as they apply to wind turbine rotor systems.

Hours: 30
Course Code: WIND-1030