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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician (2150)

Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.
September 2010 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: follow OSHA safety procedures for tower rescue for specific types of towers (tower rescue, fall arrest, personal protective equipment and rigging); NFPA 70-e for workplace electrical safety (arc flash); identify safety hazards at a wind park (mechanical safety, static electricity, where NOT to work); identify weather hazards including wind, lightning, ice, rain, etc.; determine when to wear appropriate personal protective safety equipment (climbing gear, hard hat, gloves, safety glasses, steel-toed shoes, etc.); use hand and power tools; safely handle, store, monitor and dispose of hazardous materials and substances; explain use of lock-out/tag-out practices and devices used by wind farm technicians; describe and identify parts of wind turbine site and plant; perform rigging and proper use of crane signals to lift equipment; show basic knowledge of electricity (AC/DC, Ohm's Law, 3-phase); apply principles of basic fluid power and gear and hydraulic systems; describe the impact of heat generation on wind turbine equipment and materials; repair electrical (circuits) equipment; use computerized diagnostic to diagnose networks, resonance, phasors, capacitive and inductive, and circuit analysis; apply knowledge of transformers; interpret electrical and hydraulic (pitch system) schematics pertaining to different components of wind turbines; describe computerized control systems and power conversion units; use specialized tools (such as a multimeter and megohmmeter) for troubleshooting electrical circuits, motors and generators; repair hydraulic and mechanical equipment; describe basic programmable logic controllers and understand the type of equipment run by PLC; describe SCADA and server systems; apply working knowledge of all types of drills; identify and use nitrogen checking and filling kit; Identify and use wrenches (including Allen, torque); apply working knowledge of pneumatic tools and hydraulic tools; use basic hand tools (screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, wrenches); apply hotwork principles; maintain hand and power tools; perform torque checks on bolts using torque wrenches; change oil filters and grease bearings; describe types and specifications of fasteners and lubricants; describe operation of the different types of pumps; describe laser and mechanical alignment; perform equipment inspection and technical calculations; write field reports; describe data transfer; describe and apply team skills; obtain information from a technical manual; identify careers in wind technology; describe entry level requirements for a wind turbine technician. Performance Component: Identification of Safety Equipment (21%);Demonstration of Safety Equipment and Climbing Technique (33%); Connect a Start-Stop Switch to a Contactor and Start a Motor (21%); Identification of Hand Tools and Fasteners (8%); Torque Testing (17%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician (11/13) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.