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Getting Green Done: Wind Energy Technology

This is the sixth in a series of blogs focusing on green-collar jobs training programs offered by Ecotech Institute in Aurora, Colorado—the first and only college entirely focused on preparing graduates for careers in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." ~ William Arthur Ward

Global wind power grew almost 800% between 2003 and 2013, from a market size of $7.5 billion to $58.5 billion.* Employment of wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 108 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because wind electricity generation is expected to grow over the coming decade, additional technicians will be needed to install and maintain new turbines. Job prospects should be excellent for qualified candidates.**

Ecotech Institute’s Wind Energy Technology program is designed to prepare students for careers in renewable energy. This two-year associate’s degree program is designed with employer input to prepare graduates with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of renewable energy while specializing in the generation and transmission of energy using wind power. Well maintained facilities, modern labs, and small class sizes give students the opportunity to apply theory to the real world. Graduates may pursue careers in the workforce as wind energy technicians.

Our Wind Energy Technology program might be right for you if you…

  • Love working outdoors.
  • Want to help develop cleaner, more sustainable energy.
  • Are interested in working on mechanical devices.
  • Enjoy math and science.
  • Like working with power tools to assemble, repair or install.

So plug into Wind Energy Technology Training–and get green done!

By Kyle Crider

Kyle Crider is Manager – Environmental Operations at Ecotech Institute and Education Corporation of America. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a double-emphasis in Urban Planning & Policy Analysis. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND). He is currently in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Ph.D. Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and not necessarily those of Ecotech Institute or Education Corporation of America. Email Kyle at kyle.crider@ecacolleges.com

* Source: "Clean Energy Trends 2014," by Clean Edge, a research and advisory firm devoted to the clean-tech sector.

** Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, published December 17, 2015.