The International Air and Hospitality Academy has created a privately owned and operated instructional program and training center for wind energy technicians. The Northwest Renewable Energy Institute (NW-REI) is scheduled to open in Vancouver, Wash., in July.
The course is a direct response to the huge demand for wind power as a means of generating electricity in the U.S., according to Arch Miller, founder of the International Air and Hospitality Academy.
‘We're in the process of hiring a director to oversee operations right now,’ says Miller. ‘We'll follow that with hiring 12 instructors, three admissions representatives and a financial aid specialist.’
A total of 19 additional employees will be needed to staff this division. Grants, scholarships and other forms of financial aid will be available through the institute.
Forty students from around the country will begin coursework at the wind technician instructional program. Training will consist of maintaining and servicing onshore wind generating turbines. Following an introductory course on wind turbines, students will be instructed in fundamental electronics, power electronics, semiconductor devices and circuits, hydraulics and various computer applications.
SOURCE: International Air and Hospitality Academy