The Wind Technician certificate is aimed at students who have completed the Electrical Construction and Maintenance A.O.S. degree and need additional specialized skills to enter the wind turbine industry. Learning focuses on component systems, electrical elements, assembly, operation and maintenance of wind turbines.
Due to the physical nature of the work and the necessity to scale high towers, students also take weight training and personal fitness courses, and learn to master harness systems, high ropes, rigging and rescue techniques.
This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
This program is offered by the Building Systems Technology Department.
Entrance and Course Requirements
- Wind is a growing source of clean domestic electrical power with the potential to provide a large segment of our nation’s electricity in the future.
- The program is one of only a few across the region offering this training.
- Many of the certificate's courses are taught at the college’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta, which has dedicated lab space to study wind technology.
- The program has a close relationship with the General Electric Wind Turbine facility in Schenectady.
Graduates of this program are trained to be part of a wind turbine installation crew, to perform warranty maintenance or to work as operation and maintenance technicians doing routine scheduled maintenance and troubleshooting. Career titles include: Wind Turbine Technician.
Recent employers include: GE Wind.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here is the median salary taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2012): Wind Turbine Service Technician, $48,320.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Building Systems Technology Department
Williams Hall, Room 125
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223