Wind Energy Technology

LCCC Wind Energy Student
As the push for alternative energy gains strength around the nation and the world, companies are taking advantage of Wyoming's ample wind resources to develop and produce wind energy. Laramie County Community College recognizes the need to teach and train the workers who will maintain the wind turbines cropping up around the state.

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.)

A 2014 Wind Technologies Market report indicated that wind now provides 73,000 jobs. The report also indicated that the wholesale cost of wind energy is $2.35 per kilowatt hour, which is the lowest it's ever been.

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

Watch a video about LCCC's Wind Program that appeared on KGWN recently.



  • 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.

People can read the Washington Post story and also the Department of Energy reports to learn more.