|The power of the wind to generate electricity for today’s consumer is only as reliable as the technicians who install and service the giant turbines. Today, wind is one of the fastest growing energy technologies. Wind turbine technicians and windsmiths are needed around the world to support the demand for clean, efficient energy.
This optional two-year program will allow students to learn about the basics of turbines, mechanics, hydraulics, electronics and the computer networks that allow the system to communicate. Unique hands-on experience will be available to students as they climb MTI’s wind turbine located at the Crow Lake Wind Farm near White Lake, SD. MTI is one of only five schools nationwide to have an operational 1.5 MW wind turbine.
The second year of the program will give graduates experience in PLCs, fiber optics, SCADA, advanced electronics and more.
A graduate of the two-year AAS option will find employment opportunities in areas like power distribution, controls and other areas that move the power through the grid.
Students are expected to conform to MTI’s Drug Testing Policy while enrolled. See the Student Handbook for details.
MTI's turbine is used for Wind Turbine
Technology program training.
Students must complete all technical courses with a minimum grade of C. Students who do not achieve a C grade will be prevented from enrolling in the subsequent semester due to prerequisite requirements.
A special note about laptop computers for second-year students:
This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, MTI requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from MTI. The cost for an MTI laptop averages about $1000. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program.
Whether it's Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your MTI laptop. And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an MTI laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.
MTI is proud to be a partner in the Chevy Carbon Reduction Project
. Click here to view the Chevy Carbon Story
showing how the Crow Lake Wind Farm and MTI are helping Chevrolet with their CO2-reducing project and helping to sustain a healthier planet.
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