Sustainable Energy Certificate

Last updated 6/10/2014

Certificate Code 5629

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Lee Blackmon, 309-796-5000, blackmonl@bhc.edu
First Stop Center, 309-796-5100


The Sustainable Energy Certificate program is designed for direct entry into the job market after four semesters. Graduates may work as production, field-test, maintenance/service, or data technicians. In addition, workers in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning field may wish to earn this certificate in order to broaden opportunities for employment and promotion since solar and geothermal energy systems are used for heating and cooling homes.

Sustainable Energy Certificate
Certificate Code 5629
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
ENGT 102 — Fundamentals of AutoCAD - 1st 8 weeks (2)
ENGT 103 — Fundamentals of DC Circuits - 1st 8 weeks (2)
ENGT 163 — Fundamentals of AC Power - 2nd 8 weeks (3)
ENGT 106 — Sustainable Energy Systems I (3)
ENGT 172 — AutoCAS I – 2D Graphics (3)
MATH 123 — Technical Algebra/Trigonometry (4)

Second Semester
ENGT 150 — Hydraulics/Pneumatics (3)
ENGT 168 — Logic systems I (3)
ENGT 210 — Mechatronics I (3)
ENGT 215 — Experimental Testing Systems (3)
MATH 223 — Technical Calculus (4)

Third Semester
ENGT 105 — PC Applications in Technology (3)
ENGT 218 — Logic Systems II (3)
ENGT 170 — Engineering Materials (3)
ENGT 206 — Sustainable Energy Systems II (3)
ENGT 256 — Energy Systems Practicum (2)
ENGT 260 — Mechatronics II (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (50)

Courses for this program include: »

ENGT 102 Fundamentals of AutoCAD
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
This course provides a basic study of drafting terminology and graphic illustration techniques as used in various engineering and technology careers. Students will increase skill development using software such as Mechanical Desktop’s graphics, AutoCAD 2002 or newer. This course will focus on command/icon skills utilization in designing and modifying graphic illustrations. Students will demonstrate skills that range from basic to intermediate drawing menu/icon commands as used in varied industrial field drawing designs.

ENGT 103 Fundamentals of DC Circuits
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 123 recommended.
This course is an introductory course in direct current (DC) circuit concepts. Topics include atomic theory, series, parallel and combination circuits, Ohm’s law, capacitance and inductance.

ENGT 105 PC Applications in Technology
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A course designed for developing computer communicating information skills in an Engineering Technology career environment. Course focuses on needed computer operator skills; usage of current computer operating systems software and utilities; Microsoft’s Office application software Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer; Productivity software: Outlook; and Simulation software Automation Studio.

ENGT 106 Sustainable Energy Systems I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 123 and ENGT 103.
This course investigates the currently available forms of alternative and sustainable/renewable energies. Power, conversion and efficiency are introduced and applied to solar, hydro, photovoltaic, tidal wind and bio energy generation processes. Integration of alternative energy generation to conventional systems is also included.

ENGT 150 Hydraulics/Pneumatics
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 123 “C” or better or equivalent or instructor consent.
This course is a study of hydraulic and pneumatic component systems and their use for power transmission and control purposes.

ENGT 163 Fundamentals of AC Power
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 103.
An intermediate circuit analysis course involving alternating current (AC) electrical concepts. Topics include AC voltage, phase and frequency considerations; transformers, residential and commercial power distribution; three-phase power and loads; power control components and frequency drives.

ENGT 168 Logic Systems I
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 103.
An introductory course on integrated and programmed logic components and related systems. Topics include number systems, conversions, Boolean algebra, K-maps, gates and inverters, counters and registers, memory and data acquisition circuits. Multisim software is used to assist the design and analysis of logic circuits.

ENGT 170 Engineering Materials
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 123 “C” or better or equivalent or instructor consent.
A course in basic materials of engineering which includes ferrous and non-ferrous metals, heat treatment of metals, plastics, rubber, and inorganic non-metallic materials used in industry.

ENGT 172 AutoCAD I – 2D Graphics
3 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: ENGT 101 and ENGT 102 “C” or better or instructor consent.
A course in graphical illustration applications directed to the intermediate and advanced study of 2D mechanical illustrations, terminology, and techniques using Mechanical Desktop’s graphics computer aided drafting software AutoCAD 2002 or newer. Studies progress from basic three view orthographic drawings to more advanced aux views, section views, true shape, and basic descriptive geometry.

ENGT 206 Sustainable Energy Systems II
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 106.
Follow-up course to Sustainable Energy Systems I, Sustainable Energy Systems II investigates alternative renewable energies. Power, conversion and efficiency are reviewed and applied to tidal, wind and geothermal energy processes. Biomass products and processes are explored, and integration of alternative generation to conventional systems is considered.

ENGT 210 Mechatronics I
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 103.
This course is an introduction to the components and concepts of industrial instrumentation, closed-loop control, engineering mechanisms and measurement of physical variables using conventional and contemporary technologies. Coursework is consistent with preparation for the ISA Certified Control System Technician (CCST) examination. Project and task-oriented lab experiments utilize LabVIEW and Wonderware software.

ENGT 215 Experimental Testing Systems
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 163.
This course is an investigation into the principles and procedures of experimental testing for function and reliability. Fixture design considerations, sensor specifications, data acquisition hardware integration, measurement system calibration and statistical data analysis topics are included.

ENGT 218 Logic Systems II
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 168.
An advanced logic systems course involving digital systems for measurement, computation and control. Topics include hardware systems for the purposes of personal computing, data acquisition, programmable control and micro controlling.

ENGT 256 Energy Systems Practicum
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of first year sustainable energy certificate courses.
This is an internship course to be performed upon or near graduation form the Sustainable Energy certificate program. Students are expected to locate and materially participate in an employment experience related to alternative or sustainable energy generation. The internship requires periodic discussions of student journals, employment experiences, problem solving experiences and system design or analysis applications. Eighty hours of intern employment equals one academic credit hour.

ENGT 260 Mechatronics II
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 223 and ENGT 210.
A continuation of the Mechatronics course offered in the third semester. This course involves a study of close-loop controllers, multi-loop systems, PLC’s and human-machine interfaces. The course focuses upon continuous control mode algorithms, multi-loop configurations and HMI/MMI using commonly available software. Loop analysis, tuning, and troubleshooting is emphasized during task-oriented lab experiments. The ISA-CCST emphasis is also continued from the previous course.

MATH 123 Technical Algebra/Trigonometry
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 103 “C” or better or technical math assessment.
Trigonometric functions, vectors, complex numbers, radical equations, graphing, exponential and logarithmic functions, and related use of graphing calculator.

MATH 223 Technical Calculus
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 123 “C” or better or technical math assessment.
Analytic geometry, an introduction to statistical methods, limits, and differential and integral calculus with emphasis on applications in science, engineering, and technology.


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Sustainable Energy Certificate