High Plains Technology Center

High Plains Technology Center

We have the wind

Northwest Oklahoma is right in the middle of wind development in the United States, and in 2009, High Plains Technology Center became the first career tech center in the state to offer a wind technician training program, leading the renewable energy training initiative in Oklahoma.

Safety is embedded throughout each module taught at High Plains, and is our highest priority. We guarantee our students leave with the skills necessary to become an entry-level wind energy technician. Our niche is to provide potential wind techs with a hands-on, fast track training experience.

The program is taught in English. Students must be in excellent physical condition, weigh 265lbs or less; have a verifiable clean background; ability to climb, work and repel from heights; work within confined spaces and willingness to work in arduous environmental conditions.

20 weeks, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Topics Covered:

• AC/DC Electricity
• Electronics
• Motors
• Motor Controls
• PLC’s
• Mechanical Drive Systems
• Rigging
• Hydraulics/Pneumatics
• Schematics
• Bolt Torquing & Tensioning
• Wind Turbine Systems Troubleshooting

Each student receives the following certifications: Medic First Aid, OSHA 10 HR, NFPA 70E High and Low Voltage Qualified Worker, Basic Evacuation and Rescue, Confined Space, Defensive Driving, Rough Terrain Forklift, Electrical Metering Safety, Fall Protection/Tower Rescue/Competent Climber, and WorkKeys assessments. In addition, students build resumes and receive assistance in downloading resumes to industry websites.

The next wind technician class is tentatively scheduled for January 14th, 2013. Click below to complete the application process. The training is very intense and class size is limited; therefore only the best qualified applicants will be accepted. If you have what it takes you’re encouraged to complete and submit the application immediately so your name can be placed on the call list.

Financial assistance may be available from your local WorkForce Investment office. For questions related to wind program, please contact Taryn Johannesmeyer at 580-571-6167.