Training and Education
Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development

Training and Education


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Des Moines Area Community College

Eastern Iowa Community College/Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center

Iowa Lakes Community College

  • The Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Program is the first in the state of Iowa. Since the number of wind turbines in the state of Iowa is growing quickly, Iowa Lakes Community College is working help meet the growing demand for skilled technicians who can install, maintain, and service modern wind turbines. The diploma program consists of the first three terms. To prepare for entry-level positions in the industry, you will receive training in construction, maintenance, and operation of wind turbines. Earning the Associate in Applied Science degree consists of completing the second year of the program. You will receive additional training on diagnosis of turbines, high tech-low voltage, computerized control and monitoring systems, composites and composite repair, data acquisition, and management of people. As a graduate of the two-year degree program, students qualify for entry-level positions and also have the skills and education background to become a wind turbine operator and potentially supervisor. Algebra skills are essential to successful completion of the program. Assessment scores must indicate readiness for Intermediate Algebra. If students aren't able to enroll in this course, they will be accepted into the Wind Energy General Studies Track until they can meet this requirement.
  • The University of Iowa College of Engineering and Iowa Lakes Community College of Estherville, Iowa, have an agreement that allows some Iowa Lakes students to transfer to either the UI Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the UI Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective fall semester 2009. The transfer program is designed specifically for students enrolled in the Iowa Lakes Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Associate in Applied Science program. The agreement was made possible in large part by Iowa Lakes' nationally recognized wind technology program, the UI's leadership role in wind technology in the state of Iowa, and the dramatic increase of wind power production and generation facilities in Iowa by private industry. (more)

Iowa State University

  • AerE 381 XE Introduction to Wind Energy on-line course, conducted by Professor Ganesh Rajagopalan. Basic introduction to the fundamentals of Wind Energy and Wind Energy conversion systems. Topics include but not limited to various types of wind energy conversion systems and the aerodynamics, blade and tower structural loads, kinematics of the blades and meteorology. Nonmajor graduate credit.
  • The Atmospheric Science and Agricultural Meteorology programs at Iowa State have substantial research, observational, and educational/training capacity for meeting the weather and climate needs of the wind-power industry. The programs offers the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in meteorology and agricultural meteorology and have strong research funding in fundamental and applied dynamic, synoptic, and boundary-layer meteorology. In addition, the Iowa Environmental Mesonet provides archive, analysis, and dissemination capabilities for interfacing with all major meteorological data collection networks in the state.
  • The University recently launched a pilot Climate Science Initiative to bring together scientists and engineers from across the campus together with climate.

Iowa Western Community College

North Iowa Area Community College

  • Electromechanical Systems Technology, in the Murphy Manufacturing Technology Center, is an Associate in Applied Science Degree Program designed to prepare the graduate for immediate employment as electronic, electrical, and mechanical maintenance personnel in manufacturing settings. Several courses in the Electromechanical Systems Technology Program are offered in an instructor-supervised/student-paced format. Through an articulation agreement with the University of Northern Iowa, graduates of the Electromechanical Systems Technology Program may continue their education by transferring to baccalaureate programs in such industrial technology fields as manufacturing, electromechanical systems, engineering technology, or supervision and management. Through proper course selection, students may tailor their course selection to meet Wind Industry standards to obtain a position as a wind turbine technician.

Northeast Iowa Community College

  • The Wind Turbine Repair Technician progam prepares students to become qualified and gainfully employed in various entities of the wind energy industry. Students will receive training in the compilation of data for determining the accuracy and function of mechanical and electrical equipment for wind turbine generators, hydraulic systems, electrical systems, AC/DC theory, generation/power
    distribution theory, fastening/tensioning, torquing, rigging and crane signaling. Students have the
    option of choosing Wind Turbine Repair Technician (Diploma) or Wind Turbine Repair Technician (AAS).

The University of Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

  • Curricula for a BS degree in Electrical and Information Engineering Technology and an MS degree in technology with emphasis in electrical engineering technology emphasizes applied renewable energy research and development, with many graduates now working in the wind industry and at other major manufacturers like GMT Corporation, TDS Automation, Rockwell Collins Inc., Waterloo Industries, and John Deere. Coursework for these programs includes solar and wind power systems, power electronics applications, advanced electrical power systems, microprocessors, electrical power and machinery, linear control systems, programmable logic controllers, and instrumentation and data acquisition. In addition, the MS degree in technology with emphasis in electrical engineering technology will provide advanced classes in wind power development, wind farm planning, optimization and energy conversion techniques.
  • Students in the Manufacturing Technology Program with emphasis in design receive extensive training for careers in such areas as drive train and gear design. Information technology students in their senior year as well as MS and PhD students have the opportunity for practical training at John Deere Waterloo Works and Product Engineering Center (both located in Waterloo) in areas of drive train and gear box design through a very successful collaborative program.
  • The Professional Science Masters program combines specialized scientific education with applied research and coursework in business to ensure that students are “field-ready” upon graduation. The wind energy industry could greatly benefit from PSM student projects and interns, as well as the potential to for these students to transition into employment in a number of areas within the wind energy industry. Currently offered PSM programs include Biotechnology, Industrial Mathematics, Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry or Biochemistry, and Ecosystem Management.
  • Continuing & Distance Education conducts a Fall 2009 two-credit-hour course in "Wind Energy Applications in Iowa," covering a variety of topics providing a substantial overview of wind energy, its use and the ramifications of its use, as well as a review of history and driving forces for the economic development of wind energy. The course covers system integration and operation of both large-scale and small-scale wind turbines, along with determining appropriate wind farm sites for optimum wind harvesting and electrical power generation.  The course is cross-disciplinary and incorporates a spectrum of aspects related to development and use of the technology. With a parallel, but different focus, UNI is also offering a new "Introduction to Sustainability" course in the fall.  The course will provide a broad overview of the challenges posed by environmental degradation and resource depletion, and the potential ways societies can respond to ensure that these problems are not left for future generations to solve.