The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College will be offering a free one-semester Occupational Certificate in Basic Wind Energy Technology. This course is a continuation of the College’s successful short certification program thanks to a grant from the New Mexico Wind Center of Excellence.
During the semester, students will gain real-world training experience learning the on-campus 1.5 MW wind turbine. The turbine shuts down frequently so students can receive realistic hands-on training and troubleshooting experience. Students will also learn wind turbine technology, maintenance, tower safety, and wind economics. Course topics include studies in electricity, hydraulics, and mechanics.
The current number of Occupational Certificate graduates is 28. The company says many graduates have been able to obtain high-paying jobs in the wind industry.
Recent graduate, Orlando Encinias, 43, now oversees eight full-time employees, 40 wind turbines, contractors, and repairs as the Site Supervisor at the High Lonesome Wind Farm in New Mexico. “I don’t think I would have ever gotten this position if I didn’t go to Mesalands Community College,” says Encinias. Other graduates of this program have obtained jobs throughout New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma.
“The positive response to the program is indicative of the need for job training and employment. It is very rewarding to provide this training and see the graduates be competitive in obtaining employment in the wind industry,” says Jim Morgan, Director of the North American Wind Research and Training Center.
The program is free to individuals who meet specific qualifications. Classes start August 21 and end December 7, 2012.
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