Wind Energy Technology
About the Career
Wind Turbine Technicians perform general maintenance, operations and inspections on wind turbines and related facilities. They also perform general and site specific safety awareness, use personal protective equipment, conduct electrical troubleshooting, repair and replacement, follow specific lock out/tag out procedures, mechanical/power trains maintenance, hydraulic troubleshooting and demonstrate climbing proficiency. Technicians conduct visual blade inspection and physical blade repair, bolt torque testing and installation and testing of hardware and software and follow specific driving safety guidelines. (Job description from the U.S. Department of Labor.)
The U.S Department of Labor anticipates the wind power field will increase by 108 percent over the next ten years. A 2014 Wind Technologies Market report indicated that wind now provides 73,000 jobs. The Department of Energy says wind power could support up to 380,000 jobs by 2030.
About the Program
Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Wind Energy is designed for students who want to gain valuable industry skills while pursuing a basic academic foundation. General education requirements, industrial maintenance knowledge and skills, and specific wind power industry topics are combined to provide the groundwork for direct industry employment.
- OSHA CFR 1926 Construction 10 Hour and 30 Hour
- Capital Safety Competent Rescuer Certification
- Gold Cross CPR AED First Aid Certification
- HYTORC Bolt Tensioning Certification
In the News
It’s one of the fastest growing professions in the country, and LCCC’s wind energy program is leading the way. Check out Inside Energy's article featuring LCCC's wind energy technology instructor Bryan Boatright.
Renewable Energy World Article: "Today's Top Wind Energy Challenges and What We Can Do About Them"
Inside Energy Podcast: "Wind Manufacturing Booms In CO, Stalls in WY"
Inside Energy: Climbing the Wind Energy Job Ladder
Sierra Club Magazine Article: "A Green Job with a View"
ATE@20 Article: "3 Years After Graduation, LCCC Wind Energy Alumnus Becomes Supervisor"
Cost of Attendance
For general college expense, students can view LCCC’s tuition and fees Web page. Students in this program incur additional expenses of $250 in program and course fees and $525 in books and supplies.
- Great job outlook
Wind energy is one of the fastest growing fields today. Wyoming has wind resources capable of utility-scale production, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, but the state also has a shortage of wind technicians.
- State-of-the-art training
We strive for as much hands-on training as possible through the our one-of-a-kind wind energy lab, which offers an operational nacelle, hub and superior climb safety/tower rescue simulator. We follow American Wind Energy Association industry standards.
- Support from the local/state/national community
Turbine maintenance companies such as the AES Corporation, Babcock and Brown, GE Wind, and Energy Maintenance Service have expressed their approval of the program. The college also has received encouragement from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Wyoming Business Council, and Gov. Dave Freudenthal’s Energy and Telecom Advisor, Rob Hurless.
Importance of Wind
Two reports issued recently by the U.S. Department of Energy find that the wind sector is booming. The federal administration recently released its Clean Power Plan, which calls for using more renewable energy by the year 2030, an article from the Washington Post indicated. Those two factors mean that more trained and qualified wind energy technology experts are needed. LCCC's program can help fulfill the need for more people in this exciting career.