Danville Area Community College delivers the only hands-on Wind Energy Technician Associate Degree Program in the State of Illinois. DACC has established strong partnerships with industry employers who help guide the program so we offer industry driven training and equipment.
Wind Technology graduates have the skills necessary to be immediately employed and successful in technical positions. Students completing the program may earn multiple industry certifications such as Climb & Rescue, OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR/AED, and NFPA 70E Arc Flash Safety. Community college tuition is more affordable than most private trade schools and financial aid options are available.
The Wind Energy field offers technicians the opportunity to travel and perform hands-on work in a thrilling environment. The field has a strong job outlook and is expected to double in the next 10 years – much faster than average.
Wind energy technology is the knowledge and understanding of the production of energy from wind, coupled with maintenance and troubleshooting skills.
Students will complete an industry-derived curriculum as they learn about the electrical power generation industry, safety at the worksite, mechanical devices, as well as hydraulic and electrical systems. Our program is a hands on experience, with some theory based concepts.
Courses begin in the fall semester. The first year consists of a fall and a spring semester. Some courses possibly could be completed in the summer. The second year also consists of a fall and spring semester. Graduation is in May. It is best to work with your advisor.
Yes, all students are required to complete several climbs in our on-campus training structure. We try to coordinate climbs at local wind farms and do some on site climbs as well.
Our climb tower is 70 feet, and a typical wind turbine is 240-300 feet.
We have an extensive Industry Network of employers whom we keep in contact with. Often, they will call us when looking for interns and employees. You will work with closely with your advisor.
Starting pay ranges $18-22 per/hr with $25-34 per/hr after 1-2 years of on the job experience. More specific job information can be found here: https://awea-jobs.careerwebsite.com/
Tuition is currently $140/credit hour, cost runs about $12,000 to $12,500 with textbooks and lab fees. DACC has many opportunities for our students for scholarships.
We provide all PPE and equipment needed for training, with the exception of safety steel-toed shoes.
Wind Technology employs the safest equipment of any industry that works from heights.
DACC is currently the only site offering hands-on experience earning an AAS in Wind Technology in IL and Western Indiana.
We are currently integrating Solar into the Wind Energy Tech Program, so that students will be experienced in Combined Renewables upon completion.
Interested in entering this fast-paced, growing field? Contact Professor Greg Hansbraugh at 217-443-8579 or email firstname.lastname@example.org