What is a unique or differentiating factor of your program?
Students utilize a 1.65 megawatt working turbine as an educational laboratory. (It is located about a half mile south of campus.) Students climb the turbine within the first week of classes to get a feel for what will be expected of them on the job. Industry support for the Wind Energy program has been tremendous. The Advisory Committee is an integral part of the education students receive. Guest speakers, industry input on curriculum, and faculty development, along with field trips to local projects, manufacturing and service facilities in the area make the program unique. The program’s concentration is on the operation and maintenance of wind turbines. Classes cover many aspects of the wind energy industry to include, most importantly, safety training as well as extensive training in electrical theory and practical application, mechanical systems, hydraulic theory and practical application & field training which crane signaling, rigging and wind turbine siting.