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Northeastern Wind Energy Program
Northeastern has built one of the premier wind programs in the country. Our program is designed specifically to meet the needs and demands of the wind industry. Northeastern works hand-in-hand with the local wind industry adapting and constantly upgrading to match the needs of the industry. Students find the wind program fun, challenging, and rewarding.
Students join our program for one reason: to have a profession when they graduate. The success of our students has been high with most students getting jobs with the owner or operators of a wind site within a few weeks of graduation. Employers specifically seek out our students because they recognize that they are getting the safety culture and knowledge they need to be quality technicians.
Wind technicians, on average start at $18-$22 an hour. The average work week is 50 hours and with overtime, it will average out to $50,000 or more a year. The wind industry is growing and the demand for quality technicians is on the rise. In 2014, Colorado is adding over 400 wind turbines. The jobs are there and are not going away. The skills taught at the NJC Wind program are not just wind specific and will easily apply to any industrial maintenance or electrical profession.
Our approach is simple; put the industry components, operating systems, and tools in the student’s hands and make sure they know how to solve problems. We use industry tooling such as Fluke meters and E-RADs to perform the same jobs that will be performed in the field. We believe that students must be able to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world. Our training approach accomplishes two things; it gives the students firsthand knowledge of the equipment they will be using and it teaches them how to safely and efficiently use the equipment. We have a strong safety culture and that is the single most important thing to take away from the program.
Our two instructors came straight from the industry with a combined 7 years of wind experience and 6 years of teaching experience. Both instructors were field technicians performing troubleshooting and maintenance activities daily on GE, Siemens and Vestas turbines. Our instructors worked in the field and have brought that day to day work ethic and a strong safety culture to the lab and the classroom. “When our students graduate they are able to start and contribute on day one in a safe and effective manner.” Jim Lenzen Wind Instructor.
Northeastern in the Spotlight
Northeastern Junior College located in Sterling, Colorado has been training wind technicians since 2009 and is leading the way in wind industry learning. Northeastern’s wind program is continuing to grow and advance the training to match the changing wind industry. The college has a strong relationship with industry partners and meets with them regularly to discuss and improve the program to meet the needs of the industry. Northeastern’s wind program is result driven. Read the full Spotlight Article here.
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