Find the Right Wind Energy School

In a lot of ways, deciding on a career as a wind turbine technician is an easy decision.  Wind Energy is an industry that is growing rapidly, and qualified technicians are in short supply.  Technician jobs pays well, and they require only a small amount of education to get started.  Unfortunately, choosing a school to get training is not such an easy decision.  The wind industry is a relatively new thing here in the United States, and educational institutions are just starting to catch up.  So, with all of the variety in programs and certifications out there, how does one know where to start?  The answer is the American Wind Energy Association.  The AWEA is beginning to standardize the Wind Energy industry, so that people receive a consistent level of training and have a certain level of expertise to be considered a technician.  This is much like many of the older, more established occupations out there, such as a Dental Hygienist, Massage Therapist, etc.

Since 2010, the AWEA has granted a ‘Seal of Approval’ seven different wind energy technician programs throughout the country.  These are the programs where you will get the highest level of industry recognized training, so you can be qualified for hire as soon as you graduate.  These schools have programs focused specifically on turbine technician job functions, such as blade repair, site assessment and planning.  They also require field training as part of the curriculum, so you know exactly what to expect when you enter the workforce.  For more information on these seven schools, check out the page on Wind Turbine Technician Schools.


2 thoughts on “Find the Right Wind Energy School”

  1. Using the wind to produce eltrceicity in large quantities is a fairly new concept. Using the wind for power has been around as long as boats first used a sail to move it through the water.Going Green is right that it will not become dominant because it is unpredictable. The problem with some of the others becoming major sources of power is the same. I live in the northern latitudes, where we get a lot of cloudy weather. We could not depend on solar as our main source of energy. There are a lot of days the wind is not blowing at all, especially in the summer. There are some places trying geothermal, but they have to go down so far to find the necessary heat, that the cost is too high to be practical.There are no quick and easy solutions to the problem of alternatives to fossil fuels, and there won’t be any time soon.

  2. Im starting the wind technician program at Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio this summer. The program isnt very big around here and there are really no stats on how the graduates of this program do afterwards. I really cant afford to move and attend another school. Should I be worried about finding employment afterwards? Im going for the one year certificate and plan on relocating after I am done with the program. This is hoping that I recieve some job offers before I finish. Any information I can get would be appreciated. Thanks

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