Wind Energy Technician
Short Description: The availability of clean, renewable power is without question going to be the defining challenge and goal of the 21st century, and wind will lead the way. Wind power can realistically not only replace the lion’s share of oil, coal, and natural gas fired electrical plants in the U.S., but also can add enough extra power capacity to allow for most of the cars in the nation to run on electricity. This Wind Energy Technician program covers all aspects of installing and troubleshooting wind turbines, giving technicians the knowledge they need to handle even complex maintenance tasks. This program explains how wind turbine blades harvest wind energy, and how generators convert shaft turning energy into electricity. It shows how electrical and hydraulic systems control the speed of wind turbine blades, energizing blade pitch and yaw position controls. Mechanical subjects such as gears, transmissions and gearboxes are discussed in detail. The program also includes discussions on stress management and career development. Throughout, students will apply critical thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations. The skills students learn from this program will be essential to student success not only in the academic context, but will also carry over to any professional undertakings thereafter. Lastly, this program focuses on career planning, enhancing resume writing, and improving interviewing skills for those seeking employment.
Instructor Description: This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors review student work, student progress, and interact with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.
Certification: The Certified Renewable Energy Specialist (CRES) national exam solidifies individuals as nationally recognized professional who specialize in Renewable Energy (CRES). Designation as a Certified Renewable Energy Specialist (CRES) will allow you to stand out as a Renewable Energy Specialist.
Certified Renewable Energy Specialists (CRES) combines his or her knowledge of the different sustainable, renewable energy sources into one field of Green expertise. Reality is, that understanding how to conserve energy through the use of solar and wind sources is not optional anymore, but necessary. A Certified Renewable Energy Specialist (CRES) must be able to understand and implement strategies for relying on the emergent generation of technologies which will be employed to provide energy for the power grid over the next 20 years. Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.