TSTC’s Associate of Applied Science degree program requires five semesters to complete. According to a report by the Department of Energy, approximately 175,000 employees in Construction, Operations, Maintenance and Manufacturing are required in order to meet the 20% Wind Energy by 2020 goal. Wind Energy Technicians are a key component to meet that goal. Additionally, Wind Energy Technicians have a core skill set that is transferable across other areas related to energy production. Potential career positions include operations and maintenance, traveling technicians and construction.
The Certificate of Completion II is offered to those individuals that only desire to obtain the necessary technical training for a Wind Energy Technician without the additional General Education requirements necessary to obtain an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The certificate program is identical to the AAS, but does not include the twelve hours of General Education (College Algebra is still required). This certificate program takes approximately four semesters and is comparable to the AAS in Wind Energy and Turbine Technology with a lighter course load each semester.
Those interested in entering the wind energy industry can choose the quick certificate track. This Certificate of Completion provides focused instruction for those with other degrees who want to build on their knowledge base, and provides the bare minimum knowledge requirements to enter into the wind industry. This certificate program takes approximately three semesters to complete, and includes professional development, basic electricity principles, basic fluid power, digital fundamentals, AC/DC circuits and wind safety.
This certificate is your fast track into the wind energy field. In only two semesters, you can obtain a certificate that indicates you know the fundamentals of wind energy and have a rudamentary knowledge of a wind turbine. If you're looking to enter the wind energy industry as quickly as possible, having this certification can give you an edge over applicants with no wind energy education.