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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for trained wind turbine technicians is expected to double in the next eight years. Recent information published in the Occupational Outlook Handbook , states the need for wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 108% by 2024.
According to the Career Services Manager at Northwest Renewable Energy Institute “There are currently more jobs than we have graduates. The demand has never been higher. I have employers calling me every day looking for entry level technicians and telling me that their needs are going to increase dramatically over the next few years.”
NWREI is partnering with the wind energy industry to help meet the demand for trained wind turbine technicians. The simple fact is that employers are calling us because they love our graduates. We have long standing relationships with wind energy employers and they keep us up-to-date on the industry demands for training. Based on their input we constantly make adjustments to our training to stay ahead of industry requirements.
There are many reasons why the number of wind turbine jobs is growing so rapidly. The two largest reasons are Federal policy which is aiming to have wind supply 20% of the nation's energy supply by 2030 (we are currently at less than 5%) and private investment. In the last several years there has been more than $100 billion invested in wind energy.
The people being offered these positions are trained wind turbine technicians with industry certifications.