Facilities Coordinator, Robert Walker, recently completed a three-phase electrical power project at South Campus, 1412 N. Main Street, Urbana in preparation for the upcoming Renewable Energy Training Program. The three-phase power was necessary to deliver a realistic training experience for students to learn photovoltaic solar and electrical motor control systems troubleshooting skills. Two new training systems have been installed at South Campus, which deliver computer based training paired with hands-on activities and simulate problems that students will face on the job when they begin working in renewable energy and manufacturing environments. The photographs below show some of the work that Mr. Walker and his department facilitated.
The new Solar Photovoltaic Troubleshooting System is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in maintenance and troubleshooting of solar components including solar modules, arrays, battery systems, charge controllers, inverters, grid-connection and energy conservation. For more details on the unit, click on the hyperlink: http://www.amatrol.com/product/950-spt1.html.
A sampling of the topics that the new Motor Controls System covers are control transformers, induction motors, variable frequency drives, motor sequencing, and schematics. For a complete description and photograph of the unit, click on the hyperlink: http://www.amatrol.com/product/85-mt5.html. Students will practice solving complex issues related to motor control circuits in a safe environment to prepare them for working with similar circuits on the job.
Both units are available for individualized training specific to the needs of business and industry and will also become part of the Renewable Energy Program. We are very excited about this program and hope to offer it early in 2012. For more information about business and industry programs offered at South Campus, contact Jeniffer Brubaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jeniffer Brubaker, Guest Blogger