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Renewable Energy Technology

The Renewable Energy Technology (RET) program offers premier workforce training through a 9-month Certificate and/or a 2-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. This nationally-recognized program prepares students to work with automated electronic technologies in a variety of industries including renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, and engineering.

Students practice tower climbing, working in a confined space, and rescue techniques. The climbing tower on the The Dalles Campus is an essential part of the first-year RET curriculum.

The renewable energy field is driving rapid growth in technology, creating jobs which will require thousands of highly skilled workers over the next two decades. Building on a solid foundation in math, writing, and computers, our students learn in a rigorous, hands-on environment and are well-prepared to tackle the challenges of this and other technology-focused industries. RET graduates work for Siemens, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, SolarWorld, Insitu, Sagetech, and Cloud Cap Technology, to name a few.

How to Apply

The RET program is a limited entry program that begins in September. Applications for Fall 2014 are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be hand-delivered or faxed to Student Services on The Dalles Campus during designated times:

Veterans and Spouses of Veterans:         June 17, 2014 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

All Other Applicants:                                   June 18, 2014 to July 3, 2014       

For more information, please contact: Kristen Kane,, 541-506-6011. Download a complete 2014 Application Packet here.


Course Name Credits Description
CAS 170 Beginning Excel 3

Introduces the basic features of Microsoft Excel and spreadsheet concepts to design and create accurate professional worksheets for use in business and industry, and academic environments. Includes entering data, creating formulas, professional formatting, creating charts, creating, sorting, and filtering lists, creating and using templates, and working with functions. Focuses on ways to ensure accuracy including proofreading techniques and critical thinking to determine what data to present and how to present it. Recommended: Placement into RD 115, WR 115 and MTH 20. Audit available.

EET 111 Electrical Circuit Analysis I 5

Covers International System of Units, engineering notation and prefixes, definitions of current, voltage, resistance, power, work and efficiency. Includes DC circuits: Ohm's and Kirchoff's Laws; DC resistive networks, Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits, node voltage and mesh current analysis methods; Includes a 3-hour per week laboratory session. Prerequisite/concurrent: MTH 111. Audit available.

EET 112 Electrical Circuit Analysis II 5

Covers Capacitance; Inductance; RC/RL transient response; sinusoidal waveforms; reactance and impedance; AC power. Phasor analysis of RLC circuits; node voltage and mesh current analysis; superposition, Thevenin's and Norton's network theorems. Includes a 3-hour per week laboratory. Prerequisite: EET 111. Prerequisite/concurrent: MTH 112.

EET 113 Electrical Power 5

Covers ac power, series and parallel resonant circuits, Q and selectivity, RL and RC filters, decibels, transfer functions and Bode diagrams, transformers, three phase power distribution, introduction to motors/generators/motor control. Fourier series and transform applied to circuit analysis. Prerequisite: EET 112. Audit available.

EET 121 Digital Systems I 3

Covers basic electrical concepts, number systems, combinational gates (AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, and XOR), electrical characteristics and internal structures of TTL gates, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh mapping, and use of MSI devices including adders, decoders, encoders, multiplexes and demultiplexers. Includes a 3 hour per week laboratory. Prerequisite/concurrent: MTH 111. Audit available.

EET 122 Digital Systems II 4

Second course in digital electronics presents sequential circuit elements (latches and D/JK flip-flops) with applications including counters, registers, and shift registers. Sequential network analysis and synthesis are covered including the use of state tables and state diagrams. Introduces sampling and the Nyquist Sampling Theorem including introductory coverage of analog-to-digital converters (ADC) and digital-to-analog converters (DAC). Includes a 3-hour per week laboratory. Prerequisite: EET 121 Audit available.

EET 123 Digital Systems III 4

Third course in digital electronics continues prior coverage of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with additional conversion topologies, a more detailed analysis of the Nyquist sampling theorem, additional coverage of programmable logic devices (PLDs), and the implementation of sequential state machines. Includes a 3-hour per week laboratory. Prerequisite: EET 122 Audit available.

EET 221 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits 5

Introduction to semiconductor devices. Characteristics and biasing of diodes and transistors. Design and analysis of circuits using diodes, bipolar transistors, and field effect transistors. Application of transistors as amplifiers and switches. A 3-hour per week laboratory includes the application of computer tools in circuit design, evaluation, and analysis. Prerequisite: EET 113, MTH 112.

EET 222 Operational Amplifier Circuits 5

Characteristics and applications of operational amplifiers (op-amps). Design and analysis of op-amp amplifiers, comparators, voltage and current regulators, summers, integrators, and differentiators. Frequency response of op-amp circuits. Applications of the op-amp in power supplies and control systems. A 3-hour per week laboratory includes project design, evaluation, and documentation. Use of computer tools. Prerequisites: EET 221 Audit available.

EET 254 Electronic Engineering Technology Seminar 1

Topics covered include information on finding employment in the electronics industry, writing resumes and cover letters, and practice interviewing. Prerequisite: EET 113. Audit available.

EET 273 Electronic Control Systems 3

Covers electronic control systems, open-loop and closed-loop, proportional, integral, derivative, PI, and PID control modes, power control devices, relays, transistors, thyristors, and sensors. Topics include temperature control, DC motor control, and stepper motor control. Lab exercises include temperature control and motor control circuits. Prerequisite: EET 222. Audit available.

MTH 111 College Algebra 5

Explores relations and functions graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally. Examines exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, and rational functions. Investigates applications from a variety of perspectives. Graphing calculator required. Prerequisite: MTH 95, RD 115, and WR 115, or equivalent placement. Audit available.

PE 182H Adult Fitness 1

Exercises and activities which strengthen and condition specific large muscle groups, improve cardiovascular fitness and flexibility. Audit available.

PSY 101 Psychology and Human Relations 4

Applies psychological principles to relationships in both personal and professional environments. Includes an overview of basic personality and social psychology concepts, as well as specific skill development in the areas of communication, listening, and conflict resolution. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

RET 101 Introduction to Wind Turbine Technology I 2

Introduces basic concepts and terminology for how wind energy is captured and transformed into electrical power, including non-math mechanical physics, electricity and magnetism, fluid dynamics and aerodynamics. Covers an introduction to and experience in tower climb safety and rescue.

RET 102 Alternate Energy Power Generation 1

Subjects that will be explored in this course are biodiesel, wind, solar cells, fuel cells, ocean wave, geothermal, hydrogen, connection to grid, (homeowner), electric vehicles, effect of politics on long term wind generation, Other forms. Also research into old technologies as well as new will be explored. This course also discussed the power grid, local utilities and how power is generated and sold back to local utilities.

RET 119 Programmable Controllers 3

The student will understand the operation of a variety of programmable controllers. The applications, operations, and programming of PLC's are the areas of study with the main emphasis on programming. (Computers and manual methods will be used to program PLC’s.) Prerequisites: RET 141.

RET 120 Basic Hydraulics 5

Students learn fundamental concepts of hydraulics, lubrication, and bearing technology with a focus on entering a profession in the wind power industry. Lab work includes learning and applying hydraulic concepts using an MB 400 Hydraulic System. Pre-requisites: RET 121

RET 121 Mechanical Power I 5

This course focuses on learning the fundamentals of mechanical power. It emphasizes learning the different mechanical components from nuts and bolts to gears, gear boxes, shafts and bearings. It demonstrates the importance of lubrication in maintaining gears and other movable parts. Basic alignment and mechanical physics are taught, including aerodynamics.

RET 122 Mechanical Power II 5

Introduces the process of power generation. Discussion includes construction techniques involving cranes, rigging, and mechanical alignment procedures. Assemble a functioning scale model of a power generating turbine and participate in a safety workshop at a local wind farm. Prerequisites: RET 120, EET 112.

RET 141 Electrical Motor/Generator Control 5

Examines electrical circuits, electromagnetism, AC and DC electrical theory, industrial sensors, voltage and relays, motor controls, AC and DC motors and generators, and power distribution systems. Prerequisite: EET 112.

RET 188 Industrial Safety and OSHA 10 2

Introduces safety practices in the electronics industry and covers industry OSHA-10 Safety Certified Training. Includes handling hazardous materials; safe use of flammable and combustible liquids; types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); fall protection; crane, ladder and scaffolding safety; safe use of hand and power tools. Prerequisites: EET 111.

RET 223 Power Generation 5

Focus is on developing and managing power generating facilities. Read and analyze topographic and wind maps. Become familiar with radio frequency and fiber optic communications systems. Review nondestructive materials testing, networking and basic meteorological forecasting. Prerequisites: RET 122.

WR 121 English Composition 4

 Introduces academic writing as a means of inquiry. Employs critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121, or completion of WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Dean Basse Renewable Energy Technology Instructor
Suzanne Burd Community Education Coordinator/RET Program Coordinator (541) 506-6123
Candy Gruner Candy Gruner Renewable Energy Technology Instructor (541) 506-6034
Tom Lieurance Tom Lieurance Renewable Energy Technology Instructor (541) 506-6175
Jim Pytel Jim Pytel Renewable Energy Technology Instructor (541) 506-6000, ext. 7157