The North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, N.M., has announced that it will be offering a new occupational certificate in basic wind energy technology.
The program is a continuation of the college's short certification program that was offered over the past year. Students in this one-semester program will gain real-world training experience on the college's on-campus 1.5 MW wind turbine. The college's wind turbine shuts down frequently to allow students to receive realistic hands-on training and troubleshooting experience, Mesalands explains.
Students will also learn wind turbine technology, turbine maintenance, tower safety and wind economics. Course topics include studies in electricity, hydraulics and mechanics.
The program is free to individuals that meet specific qualifications, thanks to New Mexico state funding provided by the New Mexico Wind Center of Excellence. Classes start Aug. 21 and end Dec. 7.