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Highlights


The Wind Turbine Technology program provides entry level training for wind energy and wind turbine generator technicians with emphasis on the emerging wind energy industry. The two-year technical training focuses on safety, power generation, distribution, electrical theory and control mechanisms, mechanical systems, along with crane rigging, bolt torque, and general education components. Wind Turbine Technicians play a key role in ensuring quality, safety and service involving the operation and maintenance of wind turbine units, performing mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, as well as repair and preventative maintenance. Work may include basic circuits, electrical motors and their controls, electronic controls, programmable logic controllers and variable frequency drives. Wind Turbine Technicians install and maintain, repair and replace malfunctioning parts and equipment, transmissions and drives, programmable logic controllers, motors, and breakers.

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Contacts

JAMES BRADSHAW

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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


CHAD MILTENBERGER

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Clarkston Campus
1470 Bridge Street
Clarkston, WA 99403


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Mission

The Wind Energy Technology Program at Walla Walla Community College aims to provide technical education for students that are eager to be involved with the growth of the wind turbine industry. Students will be trained to enter the workforce as an entry level technician. The program will provide students with the understanding of how to work safely in a shop / turbine, and work with environmental stewardship.

Program Outcomes

  • Ensure a safe work environment and meet safety standards.
  • Demonstrate a strong foundation in Electrical, Mechanical, and Hydraulic Systems.
  • Troubleshoot and repair wind turbines.
  • Maintain wind turbines (reliability and optimization).
  • Maintain tools, equipment, and inventory.
  • Interact and communicate with coworkers, suppliers, customers, and contractors.
  • Adhere to policies and standards.
  • Conduct training and participate in continuous learning.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Wind Energy Technology. A one-year certificate is also available in Wind Energy Technology.

Certification

  • Industry OSHA-10 Safety certificate
  • CPR, Medic First Aid and AED certificate
  • Climbing competency and rescue training card

Preparation for Success

By completing the following courses prior to entering the Wind Energy Technology program, student will be well prepared for courses within the degree.

  • OCSUP 106, Applied Mathematics
  • WRITE 100, Applied Writing
  • CS 110, Introduction to Computers and Applications