Northwest Renewable Energy Institute FAQs

Most Wind Turbine Technicians learn the trade by attending technical schools or community colleges. They often obtain certificates in wind turbine technology, although some opt for full associate degrees in the field.

Northwest Renewable Energy Institute (NWREI) is a program that offers students the opportunity to earn the certifications and experience necessary to become a Wind Turbine Technician. Over 6 months, students study on campus while conducting hands-on training designed to best-prepare them for the field.

Most wind turbine employers require some form of postsecondary education in addition to a high school diploma or GED. This additional education may offer a certificate or an associate degree.

While some jobs in the field may be restricted to a local area, there are still a lot of opportunities of Wind Turbine Technician traveling at least regionally. Depending on your agreements with your employer, there may be opportunities for either stationary opportunities or travel.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of Wind Turbine Technicians in 2021 is $56,230. For more information on this career and its salary, please see our Wind Turbine Salary and Jobs page.

If you are looking to get your foot into the door of Wind Turbine Technology and train for a career as a technician, you are in the right place! Our Career Services Department works with students and graduates to offer job placement assistance. For more information on our program, please visit our NWREI Program page, or contact us to get started!

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