Texas Tech University

Certificate Program Course Descriptions

Advanced Managerial Wind Energy

This is a multidisciplinary course intended for students with a business, managerial or natural sciences background wishing to pursue a non- technical approach to wind energy. It will educate students about the basic aerodynamic, mechanical and electrical aspects of wind turbines and modern wind turbine architecture, including the following subject areas: non-technical version of wind energy conversion / aerodynamics, electrical systems / control / interconnection, loads and structures, economics and institutional factors (IEC codes, regulatory issues, environment and utility industry).

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Power Systems Engineering

This course focuses on electrical power transmission and distribution systems; power generation systems; system modeling, planning, management and protection.

Project Management

This course focuses on technical, organizational, and personnel project management examination including planning, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, resources management, control. It also includes risk analysis and management using software for project performance evaluation.

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Risk Modeling and Assessment

This course provides an introduction to risk analysis and management. You will develop knowledge of risk analysis issues and approaches, risk management approaches, and limitations in risk analysis and management. The topics to be covered include the following: terminology, risk categories, current areas of risk activity, objectives in risk analysis, fault trees, failure consequences, approaches to risk management, data for risk analysis, and risk communication.

Safety Engineering

Learn the fundamentals of occupational safety, emphasizing regulatory requirements and best practices targeted to eliminate or reduce major sources of occupational injuries. Hazard identification, behavioral safety, and incident investigation will be discussed. At the end of this course you will be able to: identify and understand fundamental safety standards, identify common safety hazards and recommend remediation, develop training materials for employees exposed to specific hazards, track and trend injury statistics, and investigate near misses and injuries.

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Wind Power Meteorology

This course is an introductory course on topics related to wind power meteorology. The following specific topics will be covered: fundamentals of micrometeorology and atmospheric boundary layer; basics of wind energy conversion; wind resource estimation and turbine siting; short-term wind power prediction systems; coastal boundary layer and offshore wind energy; measurement of wind; effects of atmospheric turbulence on wind turbine loads and fatigue; effects of wind farms on weather and micro-climate. In this class, prior knowledge of calculus is helpful.