Wind Energy Technology Program
Wind energy technicians are in high demand1. Technicians have a unique opportunity to not only work in many areas of the country, but around the world as well. Opportunities exist in manufacturing, construction, commissioning, and operations maintenance. This unique form of electricity generation operates free from the use of water, generates no pollution, and reduces our dependency on importing fuel. With the U.S. on course to draw as much as 20 percent of its total electricity from wind power by 2030, the need for qualified wind energy technology technicians will grow with it.
Earn your wind energy technology degree! Redstone College offers an associate degree in wind energy technology that is geared to providing the level of technical skills today’s employers are seeking. In just 15 months, you can graduate with a degree that can help you secure an entry-level position in the wind energy field.
- Learn the trade in our lab’s simulated work environment, which features:An on-site Vestas V-27 turbine unit
- A 35-foot climb safety training tower
- Train in a simulated work environment with an actual wind turbine
- Master the skills to install, test, service and repair wind turbine components
- Practice safe tower climbing and rescue skills
- Learn troubleshooting techniques
“The wind energy program was a "hands-on" course which fit my learning style, and the training on wind turbines is relevant to my current job at AES Wind Generation. The program was fast-paced and I learned what was necessary to pursue a career in the wind energy technology field.”
Graduates of the Redstone College Wind Energy Technology program will master essential wind turbine concepts in courses such as
- AC Electronics – Covers the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance along with various circuit components and how they react in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
- DC Electronics – Explores the concepts of voltage, current, and resistance in DC circuit components and how they react in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits.
- Introduction to Wind Energy – Covers current and historical wind energy conversion devices and the physics of wind energy conversion and wind energy resources.
- Programmable Logic Controllers – Focuses on programmable logic controllers and their integration into electronic systems including basic programming and troubleshooting operations.
- Solid State Electronics – Covers the basic concepts of solid state theory and how to troubleshoot solid state electronics using common test equipment.
- Wind Turbine Design – Discusses the major components of wind turbines and the fundamental physics applied to all wind turbine and energy conversion systems.
- Wind Turbine Structures – Focuses on the design, repair, and physical properties of wind turbine structures including blade composition and repair, nacelles, towers and structural inspection.
- Wind Turbine Maintenance – Discusses how to safely perform basic inspections and maintenance, cranes and rigging and how to comply with manufacturer fastener and torque requirements.
- Advanced Wind Turbine Troubleshooting – Emphasis is on safety and critical thinking skills in diagnosing, maintaining, repairing and troubleshooting all turbine subsystems.
Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for an entry-level career in the wind energy industry. Additional information is available in our wind energy course catalog.
According to both government and industry organizations, the career outlook for wind energy is very promising based on the prospect that the federal government has set a goal for 20 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption supplied by wind power by the year 2030:
- Current employment: 50,000 domestic workers1
- Projected employment by 2030: 500,000 jobs across varied wind technology fields1
Typical entry-level wind energy technology positions include:3
- Wind turbine technician
- Wind field service technician
Learn more about our career development services and important program disclosures and occupations the Department of Labor lists as potential careers for graduates of this program.
A career in wind energy could be your path to a brighter future. Request program info online or call 888-547-4037 today for more information on wind energy technology.
Contact a Representative at 1-800-510-3216 to enroll today!
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) leads national efforts to improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of wind energy technologies. These efforts caused the installed U.S. wind energy capacity to increase nearly 16-fold between 2000 and 2010. Today’s wind industry supports 75,000 U.S. jobs, including workers at more than 400 manufacturing plants in 44 states.4
The appearance of new wind farms across the U.S. and around the globe equates to an increasing demand for workers to manufacture wind turbines and for project development employees to design and construct wind farms. And all this growth drives the demand for specialized technicians to perform preventive maintenance, checkups and repairs of the expanding crop of wind turbines in order to keep them operating efficiently.
1 BLS, U.S. Department of Labor, OOH, 2014-15 Edition, Wind Turbine Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/wind-turbine-technicians.htm (visited February 12, 2015).
2 Rate is based upon graduates from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, as reported on the Denver and Denver East ACICS Campus Accountability Reports. Detailed employment figures for graduates of each campus is available.
3 Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions. Consumer Information can be found at Redstone.edu/disclosures. Redstone prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.