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Tim Wilhelm

Tim Wilhelm demonstrates tower climbingProfessor Wilhelm has been teaching Electrical Technology and Renewable Energy courses, as well as serving as a program coordinator at KCC since Fall 2004. He has taught courses since 1981 at KCC, in a wide range of subjects:

  • renewable energy, alcohol fuel production, solar-thermal, small-wind, and solar-photovoltaic technologies
  • physics, digital electronics, circuit analysis
  • drafting, fundamentals of electricity, National Electric Code
  • semiconductor devices, microcomputers
  • rotating electrical machines and electric motor controls

Wilhelm continued his education in renewable energy technology through the Midwest Solar Training Network, Photovoltaic Instructor Institute and Solar Thermal Instructor Institute.

Renewable energy expert

Wilhelm’s devotion to the electrical and renewable energy fields puts his classes on par with the best in the industry. He provides the latest technology and teaching aides in classroom and hands-on applications used by students.

Tim Wilhelm helping two of his studentsWilhelm also teaches at The Midwest Solar Training Network. Designed for instructors, he teaches best practices for curriculum development, solar content integration, and student hands-on experience. 

Enhancing his teaching credentials, Wilhelm is also a

  • Registered professional engineer in Illinois
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Class "A" public water supply operator
  • NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified solar-photovoltaic professional
  • CITCA (Communications Industry Training & Certification Academy) certified wind tower nacelle rescue instructor
  • IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) certified solar-photovoltaic master trainer 

Engineer and innovator

For 35 years, Wilhelm has been the owner and professional engineer at Wilhelm Engineering, specializing in renewable-energy system design, sales, and installation. He played a major role in the development of the Stelle Telephone Company, where he has been the general manager for 27 years. STC is the first solar-powered digital telephone exchange in the U.S., and also the very first solar-powered internet service provider.

Wilhelm's other solar projects include the country's first solar-powered Amtrak station in Bloomington, Illinois and a solar troubleshooting and repair project on Johnny Depp's private Bahamian island, Little Hall's Pond. 


Tim Wilhelm working on PhotovoltaicContact Tim

Tim Wilhelm
Professor and program coordinator
Electrical Technology, Renewable Energy