Kalamazoo Valley Community College created the Wind Turbine Technician Academy to meet workforce challenges of the wind industry and support students interested in launching careers as wind turbine technicians. The program meets the expectations of our students and their employer through our staffs close attention to the details, including:
- Skills and competencies required by employers are constantly monitored and incorporated so that graduates have the skills needed to hit the ground running.
- Incorporating trends related to employability factors into the program application process.
To be eligible for admission to the course candidates must demonstrate they have the pre-requisite traits needed for success in the course and in gaining employment.
Pre-Requisites for Success in the Academy
Instructors will provide complete instruction in the technologies used in a modern wind turbine. Students must bring these fundamental skills with them to the course:
- ability to work at height
- mechanical aptitude
- ability to follow instruction
- analytical skills
- ability to work effectively in small teams
- ability to apply fundamental algebra skills to plan work and solve work related problems
Employability in the Wind Industry
Kalamazoo Valley Community College does not guarantee employment for graduates. Based on industry trends we have identified specific background characteristics that will seriously limit job opportunities in this industry.
- Ability to relocate and travel based on the needs of their employer
- No driving offenses, arrest and/or convictions that involve driving under the influence of alcohol within three years of admission
- No arrests for violent crimes or crimes against a person within the last 10 years
- Body weight of 260 pounds or less. (Personal protective equipment is rated for a maximum of 310 pounds. Technicians routinely carry equipment up to 50 pounds.)
- Work ethic that includes commitment to on-time attendance, attention to detail, pride in a job well done, and a sense of urgency