Location: Devils Lake Campus
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Earn your degree at LRSC:
LRSC’s training is delivered in a 1 year + 1 year format, giving students the choice of completing a one-year Certificate and then entering the workforce; or continuing for a second year. Those who enter the workforce after receiving the one-year Certificate will be able to complete the requirements for the AAS degree through distance delivery technologies.
Degree: AAS in Wind Energy Technician
The Associate of Applied Science Degree qualifies technicians for higher levels of responsibility on the job.
Students who do not meet admissions requirements or are not accepted to the program can begin in the Pre-Wind Program. This program allows students to complete general education courses and approved Wind Energy Technician courses. This may extend the length of the program to three years.
What does a wind energy technician do?
A turbine technician combines 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.
To learn how to fix and maintain wind turbines, students will work in an actual turbine to conduct their labs and hands-on educational experience.
Wind energy technicians must be comfortable with heights, have the ability to climb, and have good manual dexterity. Technicians also must be able to work in confined spaces. Work is done indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
Enrolling in the program
Wind energy technician program applicants must meet prerequisites, such as a climbing workshop, before entering the program.
Since wind energy technicians is an emerging field and is related to renewable energy initiatives, funding for training in this field may be available. Prospective students should check with a local Job Service office for more information.
Students must fill out the general admission application to Lake Region State College and provide required documents (proof of high school graduation/GED, immunizations, etc...)
Students also are encouraged to complete the scholarship application as many scholarships are available for students in this specific program.
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.