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Wind Energy Technician

  • Wind Energy Technician Associate in Applied Science Degree
    with 61 total credit hours
    • 20 credits of general education required
  • Certificate with 33 total credits in 2 semesters
  • Offered at Devils Lake Campus
  • Eligible for Financial Aid

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  Wind Energy Technician Job Posting
 

The Wind Energy Technician Program at Lake Region State College is the first of its kind in the state of North Dakota. Rapid growth in the wind energy industry has sparked a burgeoning need for technicians. Lake Region State College has anticipated this emergence of workforce need and has worked closely with industry representatives to designed wind energy technician training courses that will prepare students for careers in the wind energy industry.

Students in the Wind Energy Technician program have the option of  completing a one year certificate program or continuing to the second year to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students in the program will earn how to fix and maintain wind turbines and get a hands-on educational experience by working on the actual turbines. Students must be comfortable with heights, have the ability to climb and have good manual dexterity. Wind energy technicians must also be able to work in confined spaces. Work on wind towers may be indoor or outdoor in a variety of weather conditions.

Course Overview

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

CIS 224 Networking I 3
CIS 243 Networking II 3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
COMM 212 Interpersonal Communications 3
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
HPER 210 First Aid 2
PSYC 100 Human Relations in Organizations 3
WNDT 100 Electricity I 6
WNDT 101 Introduction to Wind Operations 3
WNDT 110 Wind Turbine Safety 3
WNDT 150 Hydraulic Fundamentals 4
WNDT 160 Motor and Generator Control 4
WNDT 200 Electricity II 6
WNDT 201 Wind Operations: Troubleshooting and Maintenance 3
WNDT 215 Operation and Maintenance Site Support 3
WNDT 220 Inventory 3
WNDT 240 Programmable Logic Controllers 3
*General Education Humanities or Social Sciences 3
TOTAL CREDITS 61

Certificate

HPER 210 First Aid 2
PSYC 100 Human Relations in Organizations 3
WNDT 100 Electricity I 6
WNDT 101 Introduction to Wind Operations 3
WNDT 110 Wind Turbine Safety 3
WNDT 150 Hydraulic Fundamentals 4
WNDT 200 Electricity II 6
WNDT 201 Wind Operations: Troubleshooting and Maintenance 3
WNDT 215 Operation and Maintenance Site Support 3
TOTAL CREDITS 33

Admission Process

1. Application for Admission:

  • Choose your student type. If unsure of your student type clickherefor more information
  • A one time application fee of $35 is required

2. High School Transcript Request Form or GED test results
3. ACTorCompass Testing
4. College Transcripts, if applicable:

  • College transcripts can be requested from Registrar's Office of the institution granting the credits, or
  • Order transcripts from theNational Student Clearinghouse. Cost is $5 per transcript with a possible fee for shipping and handling

Wind Turbine Featured on KVLY Valley News Live on Sept 26, 2013

 

What does a wind energy technician do?

Rapid growth in the wind energy industry has sparked a burgeoning need for technicians. According to the American Wind Energy Association, an additional 1,000 turbine technicians will be needed annually over the next several years. 

One highly trained wind energy technician is required to maintain and repair 10 wind turbines. They combine working knowledge of mechanics, hydraulics, meteorology, composites, and computer science when servicing and maintaining large, commercial-scale turbines. Maintenance is conducted on-the-ground and at substantial heights, exceeding 200 feet. Technicians work in pairs for safety reasons.

Seal of Approval

LRSC's Wind Energy Technician Program earned the prestigious Seal of Approval from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The curriculum was carefully reviewed by industry professionals who found the quality of the course materials to overwhelmingly satisfy AWEA’s wind turbine technician core skill-set criteria. The seal covers four core skill sets: safety, electrical components, mechanical components, and general skills.

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