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Basic Electrical Principles II, AC Circuits

ContEd SP18 – 28 (NMSU-A: TCEN 121 A01)
Instructor: Mark Nelson
January 17 – May 11; 6:30 – 8:35pm

Cost: $328

Course begins with an overview of the primary components of AC circuits, such as resistors, inductors, rectifiers, transformers and capacitors. The course gradually introduces new, more, complicated topics like applying AC principles in power generation and generators, motors, parallel and combination circuits, troubleshooting and evaluation of circuit conditions.



Photo Voltaic Grid Tie Installation

ContEd SP18 – 29 (NMSU-A: TCEN 222 A01)
Instructor: Gil Chavez
January 17 – May 11; 4:00 – 6:05pm

Cost: $328

This is a more advanced course culminating in a PV system-to-grid connection. This course includes gathering site-specific data, design, wire type and sizing specific to project, installation of all solar modules and balance of system (BOS) components, and grounding and bonding of system components, all in accordance with the latest NEC. Upon project design approval, a system will be commissioned for the grid. Decommissioning will commence after measurements and troubleshooting as directed by the instructor.



Photo Voltaic National Electrical Code Principles

ContEd SP18 – 30 (NMSU-A: TCEN 223 A01)
Instructor: Mark Nelson
January 17 – May 11; 6:30 – 9:00pm

Cost: $164

Focuses on all sections of the National Electrical Code and local code requirements applicable to photo voltaic electrical installation. A partial list of areas covered is chapters one through four and section 690, “Solar Photovoltaic Systems” of the National Electrical Code.



Advanced Photo Voltaic On/Off Grid Installation

ContEd SP18 – 31 (NMSU-A: TCEN 251 A01)
Instructor: Brandon Johnson
January 17 – May 11; 8:00 – 11:30am

Cost: $246

Photo Voltaic advanced topics to include panel racking and installation, battery storage, charge controllers, mechanical integration of arrays on buildings, and key elements involved in choosing a mounting system.



NABCEP Exam Review

ContEd SP18-32 (NMSU-A: TCEN 252 A60)
Instructor: Clay Bevins
March 12 – May 11; 1:00 – 2:35p.m

Cost: $82

Course presents knowledge, key terms, and concepts of photovoltaic systems and solar hot water systems as related to the NABCEP Entry-level exam. This exam is for those wanting to enter the workforce in either solar thermal or solar PV. Scheduling and taking the exam is the responsibility of the student.