DEGREE TYPE: Certificate
COURSE PLAN: Two Semesters
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Wind Energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The sharp rise in energy consumption along with the concern about dependency on foreign oil, the high price of gasoline and the increasing interest in sustainable resources have fueled the renewable energy industry, of which wind generation is a growing entity. As the wind energy industry continues to grow the need for employees to service the wind generators and wind turbines will increase. Like many parts of Minnesota, SE Minnesota is fast becoming a major wind generation market. In recent years wind farms are cropping up all over southeastern Minnesota with plans for more.
The Wind Turbine Technician diploma program will offer students a new career path within the Riverland Construction Electrician and Industrial Maintenance and Mechanics Programs. This new option will give students a choice of training to be an entry-level Construction Electrician, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Electrician and/or now as a Wind Turbine Technician. Wind Turbine Technicians play a key role in ensuring quality, safety and service involving the operation and maintenance of wind turbine units, performing mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, as well as repair and preventative maintenance. Work may include basic circuits, electrical motors and their controls, electronic controls, programmable logic controllers and variable frequency drives. Wind Turbine Technicians install and maintain, repair and replace malfunctioning parts and equipment, transmissions and drives, programmable logic controllers and blade maintenance and repair.
A solid background in technical math, computer literacy, problem solving, decision making and troubleshooting abilities, ability to work as a part of a team as well as independently and good reading comprehension are important skills for applicants to this program.
You can look forward to an exceptional learning experience that combines classroom, lab settings and required general education classes.
People who work in this career often:
Riverland Wind Turbine Technician graduates will be ready to enter the workforce as entry-level technicians. This trade offers unlimited opportunities in many areas of the country and there are excellent opportunities for advancement. This outstanding Riverland program opens the door to your future in the wind energy industry, especially in the SE, SW and South Central Minnesota regions. Ask your Program Advisor what this can mean for you.
In Minnesota, there are 220 workers employed in this career.
Where do Wind Turbine Service Technicians most often work?
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The IREC Credentialing Program accredits clean energy training providers and certifies instructors and master trainers.
The wind turbine program is IREC accreditated.