Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.-based Energy Composites Corp. (ECC) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Mid-State Technical College (MSTC), also located in Wisconsin Rapids, to establish a certified training program for workers engaged in the manufacture of composite blades for wind energy systems.
The training curriculum will be certified by Oslo, Norway-based DNV and will be developed in concert with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Department of Energy.
‘Our approach to making blades, where we will be harnessing advancements in materials, design, manufacturing process and blade technologies, requires employee-associates with a set of special skills,’ says Sam Fairchild, ECC's CEO. ‘This joint MSTC/ECC certificate will be tailored to fit those requirements, not only for manufacturing done by ECC, but also for the entire wind industry.’
ECC is establishing the program now in order to have a well-prepared workforce in 2010 when the company plans to begin blade production in a new 350,000 square foot facility in Wisconsin Rapids. Curriculum development work and certification efforts for the program will begin immediately.
SOURCE: Energy Composites Corp.