The TSTC Wind Energy Turbine and Technology department incorporates various labs, trainers, and equipment into their training curriculum. The combination of industry knowledgeable instruction with intense hands-on activities, provides you with the opportunity to gain the skills you need to succeed as a wind technician. Here at TSTC West Texas, we have our own DeWind 8.2 Wind Turbine capable of producing 2 MW of energy at peak production. The tower is available to students for an initial climb test, as well as for additional subsequent climbs for cleaning and routine tower maintenance. You'll also view real-time data from the SCADA system of the 2 MW tower.
Additionally, the TSTC West Texas Wind Energy program has its very own GE 1.5 drivetrain in the classroom. The primary role of this trainer is to instruct you in the proper procedures for generator to gearbox alignments, torquing, installation of components and boroscoping of the gearbox. The drivetrain is non-operational, but is being rebuilt with a 575-volt transformer to power up all peripheral equipment. The long-term goal of rebuilding the drivetrain is to provide opportunities for project-based learning activities. Other equipment available in the wind energy department includes:
Our last on-campus training laboratory is a full-scale climb-and-rescue training facility where TSTC instructors train you in climb/rescue and fall/arrest protection. Our qualified instructors are certified in ENSA Climb and Rescue training, CPR and OSHA 10-hour training, Hytorc, basic crane and rigging, and qualified signalperson.