Florida Resource Center (FRC) Profile for Distributed Energy Technicians

For Brevard Community College and the Florida Solar Energy Center
FRC Facilitator: Jerry W. Lancio, Director
February 6, 2002, Florida Solar Energy Center, Cocoa, FL
  • Ben Kroposki, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Blake Morrison, Kinectrics North America
  • John Holbrook, Elliott Energy Systems
  • Brian Inglett, Turbec Americas, Inc.
  • Juan Santos, Central Florida Electrical J.A.T.C.
  • Rick Wallace, UTC Fuel Cells
  • Mario Nadal, Teledyne Energy Systems

Focus Statement: A distributed energy technician uses a working knowledge of electronic and electrical systems, mechanical systems, plumbing, fuel systems, and computer systems to install and maintain distributed energy systems.

Tasks

Knowledge & Skills

Traits & Attitudes

Tools & Equipment


Classes

Introduction to Distributed Energy Systems

  • Assess Site Condition (A1)
  • Demonstrate Operating Procedures to User (A11)
  • Represent Company in a positive manner (E1)
  • Respect Customer Property (E2)
  • Listen to the Customer (E3)
  • Educate Customer Regarding Technology (E4)
  • Give options to Customer (E5)
  • Knowledge of Background of Distributed Energy Industry
  • Legal Issues
  • Codes and Standards
  • Quality Control Principles
  • Customer Service

Health and Safety in Distributed Energy Systems (2 credits: 1 lecture, 1 lab)

  • Perform Lock-out, Tag-out
  • Clean Up site
  • CPR
  • Fire Extinguisher use
  • Electrical Safety
  • Follow Confined Space Procedures (F7)
  • Locate MSDS (F3)
  • Identify Confined Spaces (F6)
  • Dispose of Hazmats Properly (F4)
  • Use Proper Lifting Techniques (F8)
  • Contain Spills (F10)
  • Keep Clean and Orderly Workspace
  • Follow FOD Procedures
  • Use Lock-out Tag-out procedures (F2)
  • Wear Appropriate Protection Equipment (F1)
  • Verify Site Survey (F11)

CGS (3 Credits, existing class)

  • Basic Computer Operation

Technical Math (3 credits, existing course)

  • Problem Solving
  • Tech Math

Physical Science (3 credits, existing class)

  • Physical Science
Electrical Circuits (3 Credit Hours: 2 class, 1 lab)
  • Install electrical system
  • Circuit soldering
  • Follow Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Procedure
  • Electrical Schematics
  • AC/DC Theory
  • Harmonics (Basic)
  • Basic Electricity
Communication and controls (3 credits: 2 lecture, 1 lab)
  • Communications and controls
  • Fiber optics
  • Verify Control System Operation to Specs (B7)
  • Verify Operation To Specs (D7)
Blueprint Reading (2 credit hours)
  • Verify the site matches the plans
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Electrical Drawings
Technical Writing (3 Credits, existing class)
  • Document Problem
  • Document Repair
  • Document Installation site-specific parameters
  • Technical Writing/Reading interpretation
Microturbine Generating Systems (3 credits: 2 class, 1 lab)
  • Perform Diagnostic Tests (C3)
  • Verify Subsystem Performance (A8)
  • Hand/Power Tools
  • Identify Subsystem Related to Symptoms (C5)
  • Verify Operation to Specs
  • Install Control System
  • Identify Symptoms
  • Verify Electrical Operation to Specs (B5)
  • Start Unit (A9)
  • Identify Solution
  • Verify Mechanical Operation to Specs
  • Ducting
  • Verify Subsystem Performance
  • Verify Fuel System to Specs
  • Basic Plumbing
  • Perform Emission Tests (NOx) (F5)
  • Install Fuel System
  • Pipe Soldering
  • Install Mechanical System
  • Start Unit
  • Verify Thermal Operation to Specs (B8)
  • Install Thermal System
  • Test Equipment
  • Identify Nature of the Problem

Fuel Cell Power Generating Systems (3 credits: 2 class, 1 lab)

  • L Perform Diagnostic Tests (C3)
  • L Verify Subsystem Performance (A8)
  • L Hand/Power Tools
  • L Identify Subsystem Related to Symptoms (C5)
  • L Verify Operation to Specs
  • L Install Control System
  • L Identify Symptoms
  • L Verify Electrical Operation to Specs (B5)
  • L Start Unit (A9)
  • L Identify Solution
  • L Verify Mechanical Operation to Specs
  • Ducting
  • Verify Subsystem Performance
  • Verify Fuel System to Specs
  • Basic Plumbing
  • Install Fuel System
  • Pipe Soldering
  • Install Mechanical System
  • Start Unit
  • Verify Thermal Operation to Specs (B8)
  • Install Thermal System
  • Test Equipment
  • Identify Nature of the Problem
Co-op
  • Verify Necessary Tools and Components Are at the Site (A3)
  • Perform Scheduled Maintenance (B3)
  • Assess Existing Condition of Unit (C1)
  • Determine Action to Be Taken (C9)
  • Check Fluid Levels (B1)
  • Perform Visual Inspection (B4)
  • Inform User of Situation (C8)
  • Identify Specialized Tools Needed (D3)
  • Identify Parts Needed (D2)
  • Change Filters (B2)
  • Document Maintenance Performed (B10)
  • Replace Components
  • Inform User of Situation

 

Student Schedule

 

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