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Basic Wind Turbine Service Technology

Career Studies Certificates

Code: 221-941-10

General Information

The wind energy industry is experiencing a very high growth rate and has the potential for immediate application as a viable component of our country’s strategic energy plan. Most states are already actively involved in this industry, and related projects and proposals are now in the development stages in Virginia.

The Basic Wind Turbine Service Technician Career Studies Certificate requires the completion of 29 credits that provides students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to enter employment as a technician. Those who complete the program will have an overview of the principles of wind energy, an understanding of the equipment used in turbines and a set of skills that will allow them to seek entry-level employment in the field and serve as a foundation for the development of more advanced skills.

The Wind Turbine Service Technology Certificate program prepares individuals for career entry and advancement opportunities in the advanced technology applications of manufacturing and wind energy technologies. The program is designed to prepare students to become Wind Turbine Service Technicians to support the system installation, operation and maintenance needs of the wind energy industry.

Under minimal supervision, graduates of the Wind Energy Turbine Technician Certificate Training Program will be able to:

  • Install, test, service and repair utility-scale and small wind turbine systems and components
  • Troubleshoot and maintain automated control and PLC systems
  • Troubleshoot and maintain Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
  • Perform all job functions in a safe manner in compliance with applicable safety standards
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for climbing and safe wind turbine climbing skills

This program is based on national standards and focuses on the development of industry-defined competencies and skills in: electricity, electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, computers and networking, mechanical systems and mechanisms, mechatronics, PLCs, electrical power generation and distribution, wind power systems, teamwork, quality safety.

Mission:

DSLCC will work with its partners to respond to industry-wide challenges and opportunities related to meeting the growing demand for skilled technicians who can install, maintain and service modern utility-scale and small wind turbines.

 

Program Requirements

Basic Wind Turbine Service Technology CSC – Program Information sheet (PDF)

Location/Facility

Classes are held on the main campus in Clifton Forge. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Formats for the delivery of many general classes may include traditional lecture, compressed video, web-enhanced instruction, and independent study. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times. Some courses are available on an independent-study basis.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

No special tools or equipment are required for this program. Some instructors use technology to minimize the use of paper. If a student wishes to produce hard copies of documents (possible hand-outs or extra notes not provided by the instructor, then he/she will need to include the cost of purchasing paper and printing copies as part of his/her budget.

Most students purchase items routinely used for class, such as pens, pencils notebooks, calculators, etc. which may be purchased through the DSLCC Bookstore or another location.

Students are not required to purchase a computer, but most instructors will assign work for students to complete that requires the use of a personal desktop or laptop computer with internet access. It is very likely that some assignments will be made requiring students to work outside of regularly scheduled class times. Students may use computer labs on the main campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center during regular business hours; however, due to some deadlines and personal schedules, students should expect situations in which they must complete work and/or submit assignments on their own time outside of college hours and should plan accordingly.

Employment Outlook

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Resources

For information about this challenging field, please reference the Occupational Outlook Handbook developed by the US Department of Labor.

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