The Department of Energy has stated that we can get 20 percent of our power from wind energy alone by 2030. West Virginia is a leader in the industry. And over the next five years alone, industry representatives estimate that some 300 new technician jobs will come available in Eastern’s four-state region.
Eastern has designed this program to comply with American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) certification standards; and has drawn on the work of other, vanguard Wind Energy Technology programs with track records of success from the western part of the nation — a region that, until now, has taken a lead in Wind Tech training. Students in Eastern’s program will not only learn the skills necessary to service and troubleshoot modern wind power generation equipment anywhere in the world: they will also acquire the background and knowledge to advance their careers in the power generation field.
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.
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