Wind Energy Technology

Wind Energy Technology video

Program Number: 10-482-1
School Year: 2015-2016
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus*: Fond du Lac, shared with Lakeshore Technical College

Program Description

The wind energy industry is the fastest growing segment of renewable energy production. The U.S. and Canadian commercial wind farms are experiencing annual growth of 25%. Employers seek skilled technicians for operation and maintenance activities in local wind farm settings. There is also intense demand for upper-level technicians within U.S. and international wind turbine manufacturers; these include installation technician, quality control technician, and warranty and commissioning technicians. Operation and maintenance positions generally remain with a given wind farm location; other technicians travel extensively with the development of new wind farms and repair/retrofitting of wind farms around the world.

Students are able to complete their general studies courses and a number of core program courses at Moraine Park and enroll in the Wind Energy Technology courses at Lakeshore Technical College (LTC). LTC's Wind Energy Technology courses focus on applying knowledge and skills to install, test, service and repair wind turbine components and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. They also focus on applying safety practices required on the job and learning safe wind turbine tower climbing skills.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $47,153

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Install, test, service and repair wind turbine components.
  • Safely climb wind turbine towers.
  • Troubleshoot and maintain control and PLC systems.
  • Wear PPE for climbing and identify safety practices for climbing.

Career Opportunities

  • Installation Technician
  • Operation and Maintenance Technician
  • Wind Farm Maintenance Manager
  • Wind Turbine Technician/Mechanic/Tower Climber

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The admission process for a shared program should be completed at the host college granting the degree. Please submit the following to Lakeshore Technical College:

  • College admission application
  • $30 one-time fee
  • High school and other official college transcripts
  • College assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). Note the ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.
  • Meet with a representative at the host college to review course sequencing.
  • Check with the host college if any additional steps are required.


Number Title Crs
Term 1
Moraine Park Courses
606-116 Machine Elements 3
620-101 DC Circuits 3
620-102 AC Circuits 3
620-105 Industrial Hydraulics and Pneumatics 1 2
620-110 Integrated Manufacturing Planning - Mechatronics 2
620-111 Integrated Manufacturing Production - Mechatronics 2
620-115 AC-DC Machinery 4
620-133 Data Acquisition Control 3
620-135 Basic PLC 3
620-136 Advanced PLC 3
620-151 Robotics 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
 - OR - 
801-197 Technical Reporting 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
804-113 College Technical Mathematics 1A 3
804-114 College Technical Mathematics 1B 2
806-137 Comprehensive Technical Physics 4
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
 - OR - 
809-197 Contemporary American Society 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Lakeshore Courses
413-110 Introduction to Energy 2
442-109 Wind Turbine Structural Weld Inspection 1
482-101 Introduction to Wind Systems 3
482-113 Wind Technician Health and Safety 2
482-120 Wind Technician 1 Lab 1
482-122 Wind Technician 2 1
482-124 Wind Technician 3 1
482-126 Wind Technician 4 3
482-128 Wind Technician 5 2
482-132 Small Turbine Maintenance/Site Assessment 2
 - OR - 
482-103 Wind Farm Internship 2
Total 67

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Transfer Opportunities

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Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

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