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.