2 Year Degree
Associate in Applied Science • 60 Credit Hours
1 Year Certificate
Certificate in Applied Science • 30 Credit Hours
Associate Degree Overview
The Wind Energy Technology (WTT) program provides a technical education at the Associate in Applied Science Level. This broad-based curriculum provides instruction and practical application of a variety of technical concepts and practices. The courses include industry-recognized maintenance practices in electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical systems, computer control, data acquisition, periodic and predictive maintenance program usages.
Successful completion of the Wind Energy program prepares graduates to enter the workforce with an AAS Degree in Wind Technology. They will be prepared to perform periodic maintenance on machinery and systems located, not only in the wind industry but in any industry utilizing machinery and electrical control systems and mechanical equipment.
Upon successful completion of the program the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of electrical equipment and operation, mechanical equipment and operation, fluid power equipment and operations, and safety practices common to the wind industry
- Troubleshoot, repair, and maintain electrical systems common to wind power generation, distribution power systems common to wind power generation, and hydraulic controls used in the wind industry
- Use commonly available instruments to analyze & troubleshoot systems
- Use schematics, operating manuals & troubleshooting guides to troubleshooting equipment commonly used in the wind industry
- Demonstrate knowledge of climbing, rescue, and emergency medical techniques and procedures necessary for the wind industry
- Apply safety procedures in the industrial environment including those applicable to hand & power tools
- Demonstrate job hazard assessment and resolution to hazards
- Apply computers in troubleshooting, maintenance planning & report writing using application software relevant to the wind industry
- Demonstrate proficiency in wind turbine maintenance and repair
- Demonstrate knowledge in airfoil composite and repair
- Demonstrate proficiency in wind turbine troubleshooting and repair
- Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in a variety of wind-related industrial settings
- Perform daily maintenance and repair tasks necessary in the wind industry
- Demonstrate global awareness and knowledge of human diversity
Employment opportunities for graduates include the expanding wind industry located across the United States, and more importantly, many organizations within Eastern’s service area. Sample job titles are:
- Wind Turbine Service Technician
- Wind Turbine Manufacturing Technician
- Wind Potential Technician (meteorological data collection)
- Wind Turbine Site Development Technician
- Wind Turbine Construction/Installation Technician
- Wind Turbine Commissioning Technician (initial start-up and synchronization with the grid)
- Industrial Maintenance Technician
Micro-credentials are for those interested in acquiring or strengthening select skills for the workplace or job market.
- Electronic Control Systems and Troubleshooting
- Electromechanical Systems & Troubleshooting
Students successfully completing WTT 100 Introduction to Wind Energy will receive an OSHA Certificate of Completion for General Industry Safety (10-hour).
Full-time day, part-time evening. (Students should see advisor for recommended course sequencing.)
The Wind Energy Technology program also provides a technical education at the certificate level. This broad-based curriculum provides instruction and practical application of a variety of technical concepts and practices, including industry-recognized maintenance practices in electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and mechanical systems.
The Wind Energy Turbine Technology Certificate Program will meet the needs of regional employers in the wind energy industry, and provide graduates with job-ready skills for a productive career in the green industries. Successful completion of the WETT program prepares graduates to enter the workforce at the technician level, ready to perform maintenance on wind energy turbines, as well as on machinery and systems in any industry utilizing machinery and electrical control systems.
Employment opportunities for graduates include the expanding wind industry within Eastern’s service area, as well as across the United States. The program can also provide continuing education opportunities for currently employed technicians by awarding credit for college level learning acquired through existing credentialing programs or professional training.
The Wind Energy Technology certificate program prepares graduates to enter the workforce at the technician level and to perform periodic maintenance on machinery and systems located, not only in the wind industry but in any industry utilizing machinery and electrical control systems.
- The program includes thorough instruction in:
- safety standards
- introduction to the wind energy field
- fundamentals of fluid power
- industrial maintenance fundamentals
- electrical circuits and applications
- principles of power generation and transmission.
Meet Your Instructor!
Isaiah B. Smith
Wind Energy/Advanced Technology Faculty
Estimate Your Costs
Eastern is one of the most affordable colleges in the United States!
Rates are for 2022-2023 and based on two full-time (12 credit hour) semesters. Rates are subject to change and do not include books, academic supplies, or student fees.
|Tuition Rates||Eastern||WV 2-Year Colleges||WV 4-Year Colleges|
|West Virginia Residents||$3,840||$4,776||$12,410|
Program Is Eligible for West Virginia Invests
Eastern adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission.