Feb 26, 2024
The Wind Energy program provides students with the critical skills needed to become successful technicians in the rapidly growing wind industry. A balanced combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training allows students to quickly turn concepts into valuable work experience. Throughout the program, students learn basic and advanced electrical, mechanical and fluid power system theory. In turn, this knowledge is used to interpret detailed mechanical drawings and schematic diagrams to determine system operation and troubleshoot complex faults. In addition, students perform preventative maintenance tasks on an actual wind turbine nacelle and rotor housed in the College’s Wind Energy Lab. Students develop effective climb safety techniques using the program’s Fall Protection Lab. After successful completion of this program, students are prepared for direct industry employment as entry-level wind turbine technicians.
Completion of the Industrial Systems Technology credit diploma is required for enrollment in Wind Energy Technology credit diploma courses.
Contact information is available on the Trades & Technical Studies program website.
Map your individual academic plan of courses with your Student Success Coach.
If students choose to transition to another program within the Trades & Technical Studies pathway, they should be particularly aware of the choice points that indicate when a decision to branch off into another program must be made to ensure credits and time are not lost.
Coursework common to all degrees within this pathway is indicated by CAC, Common Academic Coursework, in the program map.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate compliance with general and specific industry safety laws, standards and procedures.
- Describe how wind turbine system components are integrated to convert energy from the wind into electrical energy.
- Interpret information contained in electrical schematics, technical drawings, manuals, data sheets and service bulletins to determine system operation.
- Demonstrate proper handling and safe usage of industrial tools, electrical meters and diagnostic equipment commonly used in the wind industry.
- Apply sound troubleshooting techniques to quickly find and fix electrical, mechanical and fluid power system faults.
- Perform wind turbine service and preventative maintenance per manufacturer’s specifications and common industry practices.
- Demonstrate the technical communication skills required to accurately and concisely document all activities associated with servicing and maintaining wind turbines.
- Enter the job market as an entry level wind turbine technician or continue course work toward the Trades & Technical Studies, AAS.
- Completion of the Wind Energy Technology, CD.
Semester Total: 18 Credits
The information below is intended to be a guide, and does not guarantee regional job placement, job availability, or a specific wage after completion of the program. The potential jobs listed below may require some work experience after graduation. The Wind Energy, CD is intended to give students the academic coursework helpful in obtaining the potential jobs. Possible careers in or related to Wind Energy include Wind Turbine Technician, Wind Energy Technician, and Wind Turbine Mechanic.
Additional information on careers in Wind Energy is available through Career Coach.
LCCC courses may transfer to institutions in addition to those with formal articulation agreements. Students are strongly encouraged to determine the degree requirements and transfer policy of the specific college/university and program to which they plan to transfer.