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Wind Energy & Turbine Technology

Chava Wind engineers are putting the final touches on a 3-bladed vertical axis wind turbine being prototyped at the Iowa Lakes Community College Farm. The new rotor will replace the existing 2-bladed rotor shortly. As pleasing to the eye as it is to the environment, it will form part of a sustainability model being implemented at the farm to illustrate the sensibility of distributed wind power applications. For more information:

The Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Program offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science program that provides hands-on, real-life experiences.

This academic program for wind turbine service technicians is one of just seven programs nationwide to receive the American Wind Energy Association Seal of Approval.

With the number of wind turbines in the state of Iowa growing quickly, Iowa Lakes Community College is working to help meet the growing demand for skilled technicians who can install, maintain, and service modern wind turbines not only in this region, but nationally and internationally as well.

The diploma program consists of the first three terms. In addition to the coursework listed in the first three terms Business Communications is also required for the diploma. To prepare for entry-level positions in the industry, you will receive training in:

  • construction
  • maintenance
  • operation of wind turbines

Earning the Associate in Applied Science degree consists of completing the second year of the program. You will receive additional training on:

  • diagnosis of turbines
  • computerized control and monitoring systems
  • wind turbine siting
  • data acquisition

As a graduate of the two-year degree program you qualify for entry-level positions and also have the skills and education background to become a wind turbine technician and potentially a supervisor.

Algebra and basic trigonometry skills are essential to successful completion of the program. Assessment scores must indicate readiness for Intermediate Algebra.


Student Says

Jacob HansenJacob Hansen
Wind Energy & Turbine Technology

"Because of Iowa Lakes's Wind program having so much prestige in the wind industry, we had a lot of wind companies come in and meet with us. This allowed us to have great job opportunities once we graduated. Without Iowa Lakes I would not have the career I do now." Read More


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