Energy and Sustainable Tech (EST)

EST 100 C  Renewable and Sustainable Energy 3 Units

Term hours: 27 lecture and 81 laboratory. This course investigates the potential of renewable energy technologies to help solve environmental and economic problems within society. Areas of investigation include solar energy, wind power, hydropower, geothermal, fuel cells, biomass, ocean wave power, and alternative transportation options. Also addressed are conventional energy sources including oil, coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy. Consideration will be given to related issues such as costs, externalities, system efficiencies, emissions and other environmental impacts, financing incentives, and the regulatory and market forces impacting the alternative energy industry. Students will learn how to assess the viability of incorporating renewable technology, such as solar or wind power, for residential and commercial applications. (UC/CSU)

EST 110 C Tools and Safety 2 Units

Term hours: 27 lecture and 27 laboratory. This course covers the concepts and practices of a safe working environment in the renewable energy field. Topics that are covered include PPE, rigging, body harness, ladder safety, sound/hearing safety, etc. (CSU)

EST 120 C Digital Controls and Inverters 2 Units

Term hours: 27 lecture and 27 laboratory. This course covers basic concepts of electronic controls, fiber optics, soldering techniques, PLC controls, substations, generators and transformers as they apply to Energy Sustainability Technology. (CSU)

EST 130 C Solar Photovoltaics-install 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): AC/R 105 C and EST 100 C and EST 110 C, and EST 120 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 27 lecture and 81 laboratory. This course will explore the use of sunlight to produce electricity. This course covers the practical and economical design of photovoltaic power systems, site analysis, system sizing, equip. specs and component selection, code requirements, economics of PV systems, and energy efficiency and conservation impacts on system design will be covered. (CSU)

EST 135 C Solar Concentrators-Hot Water 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): AC/R 105 and EST 100 C and EST 110 C and EST 120 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 27 lecture and 81 laboratory. In this course, students will learn theory, setting, design, procurement and techniques required to install and maintain a solar hot water system. Examine passive/active, unglazed/glazed, evacuated tube, and concentrated solar technologies, optimal designs, alternative space heating, building codes, utility conservation programs, and site and federal incentives. (CSU)

EST 140 C Wind Turbine Drive Trains 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): AC/R 105 C, EST 100 C, EST 110 C and EST 120 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 27 lecture and 81 laboratory. This course covers basic wind turbine drive train assembly, maintenance, fasteners, torquing procedures, repair, and control systems. (CSU)

EST 145 C Wind Turbine Power Generation 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): AC/R 105 C and EST 100 C and EST 110 C and EST 120 C, with a grade of C or better..

Term hours: 27 lecture and 81 laboratory. This course covers advanced wind turbine power generation, Power generation assembly, maintenance, repair, electrical transmission, substations, and transformers. (CSU)

EST 150 C Advanced Geo-thermal Concepts 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): AC/R 105 C and EST 100 C and EST 110 C and EST 120 C, with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 27 lecture and 81 laboratory. This course is designed to instruct the student in the application of advanced Geo-thermal technologies. Included will be heat pump technology, and ground-source heat exchangers. Students will apply the theories and skills taught in the classroom on laboratory mock-ups simulating industry standards. (CSU)