ELMT 1291
Special Topic Electrical Technology

Western Texas College

  1. Course Description
    1. This course gives an overview of the material covered on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Certificate Exam.
  2. Prerequisites
    1. None
  3. Expected Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course, each student will have demonstrated a understanding of:
    1.  PV Markets and Applications
    2. Safety Basics
    3. Electricity Basics
    4. Solar Energy Fundamentals
    5. PV Module Fundamentals
    6. System Components
    7. PV System Sizing Principles
    8. PV System Electrical Design
    9. PV System Mechanical Design
    10. Performance Analysis, Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  4. Grading Policy
    1. All required work must be turned in on time. Late work is accepted at a 10 point deduction per day late; however, additional consideration is subject to instructor discretion for exceptional circumstances.

    Mid-term.......................................25 %
    Final Exam................................... 35%

    1. Midterm Exam - The midterm exam will consist of multiple-choice questions and have a few short-answer responses. The material on the test will cover material from Units 1 and Unit 2.
    2. Final Exam - The final exam will be comprehensive in nature and will cover all units. The exam will have multiple-choice questions and short- answer responses.
    3. Assignment - A report will be written explaining the NACBCEP Entry Level Certificate and its importance in the solar industry. The report should also explain how to register for the exam. The report should be in MLA format and be a minimum of 750 words.
    4. Quizzes - Four quizzes will be given throughout the semester. Each quiz will be over a unit of the textbook. The lowest score of the four quizzes will be dropped.
  5. Conduct and Academic Dishonesty - Students will come to class prepared to participate in the learning process and that part of this preparation will include the demonstration of mature and purposeful behavior. The College Code of Conduct and College Academic Integrity Policies will be followed with no exceptions.
  6. Dropping Class - Students may drop or add classes from pre-registration through the regular registration day without a fee. In order to drop a class after the regular registration date, a student must obtain a Drop Form from the Counseling Office, have the instructor of the class he or she is dropping sign the form, and take the form to the Registrar’s Office and pay the $5 fee that is required. Students enrolled in off-campus courses may drop a class by informing the Registrar’s Office, in writing, and by paying the $5 fee.
  7. Disability Policy - Any student who requires special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements. Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided.
  8. Course Schedule

Unit 1

Verify System Design

1.1 An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems

2.1 Determine Client Needs

2.2 Review  Site Survey

2.3 Confirm System Sizing

2.4 Review Design Energy Storage Systems

2.5 Confirm String Size Calculations

2.6 Review System Components Selection

2.7 Review Wiring and Conduit Size Calculations

*Unit 1 Quiz

Unit 2

Project Management and Installing Electrical Components

3.1 Secure Permits and Approvals

3.2 Preconstruction

3.3 Project Labor

3.4 Adapting System Design

3.5 Implementing a Site Safety Plan

4.1 Mitigate Electrical Hazards

4.2 Install Electrical Equipment

4.3 Installing Wiring Methods

Installing Grounding System
Unit 2 Quiz
Mid-term Exam

Unit 3

Installing Mechanical Components and Complete Systems


5.1 Install Mounting System

5.2 Install PV Modules

6.1 Commissioning the System

6.2 Visual Inspection

6.3 Test the System

Unit 3 Quiz

Unit 4
Conducting Maintenance and Troubleshooting 7.1 Perform Visual Inspection
7.2 Verify System Operation
7.3 Perform Maintenance Activities
Writing Assignment
Practice Test


Last Modified: September 26, 2016