Wind Energy Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree - First 2 Semesters Available Online

Graduates of our Wind Energy Technology training program should be prepared to pursue entry-level employment as wind energy technicians, with demonstrated skills in operating, troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing wind turbine equipment.

Our wind turbine technician training allows students to use specialized equipment, such as the 20-ton Eichoff gearbox (provided by Winergy, a subsidiary of Siemens), to practice doing borescope inspections, bolt fastening and gearbox troubleshooting. Most classes emphasize lab work and hands-on experience using the kinds of instrumentation and equipment they will use in the field.

Upon successful completion of Ecotech Institute's Wind Energy Technology degree program, graduates should be able to evaluate new turbines and their readiness for operation and resolve early electrical and mechanical faults and troubleshoot complicated mechanical and electrical problems on variable pitch, variable speed turbines. Additionally, our wind turbine technology training prepares them to perform mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical component maintenance, repair, or replacement of parts to correct malfunctions and perform diagnostic electrical analysis. Since safety is the first priority on a wind tower, Ecotech Institute also provides extensive training in its wind safety tower lab.

Coursework includes:

  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Fundamentals of Electricity
  • Health and Safety in the Field
  • AC Circuitry
  • Renewable Energy Fundamentals
  • Wiring, Schematics, and Blueprints
  • Power Generation and Transmission
  • Programmable Logic Controls
  • Electric Motors and Control Systems
  • Business Concepts for Renewable Energy
  • Introduction to Wind Energy
  • Turbine Fundamentals
  • Wind Turbine Systems
  • Turbine Troubleshooting and Repair
  • Wind Turbine Safety
I will be celebrating my first promotion just five months after graduation. I have been traveling to various wind farms in Texas for training and I am now training other wind techs with my knowledge.
Lawrence Smith

What are the career opportunities in Wind Energy Technology?

Since 2003, the global market for wind power has had a nearly ten-fold increase — from $7.5 billion to over $73 billion. By 2022, wind power installations should grow to $124.7 billion, more than doubling the number of skilled workers from current estimates. Companies are now competing for experienced wind technicians, which means there are great opportunities for trained workers.

Many wind technicians work on wind farms, which are frequently located in the Midwest, Southwest, and Northeast regions of the United States. Texas, Iowa and California are the leading states in wind power generating capacity, but many other states — including Illinois, Indiana, Oregon and Washington — are in the process of substantially increasing their wind-generating capacity.

Ecotech Institute's Wind Energy Technology degree program prepares students for careers in wind power generation and transmission while equipping them with a foundation in the broader field of renewable energy.

Job Titles

  • Wind Turbine Technician
  • Assistant Wind Engineer
  • Facility Technician
  • Site Manager
  • Wind Energy Analyst
  • Wind Technologist
  • Wind Turbine Service Technician
  • Wind Technician
  • Electrical Technician
  • Energy Efficiency Technician
  • Energy Resource Manager
  • Environmental Solutions Service Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Manufacturing Technician

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