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.
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.