The top wind turbine technician programs in the United States are located at trade schools and community colleges, according to windturbinetechnicians.net. It has taken some time for larger schools to catch up to the wind energy trend and begin offering programs to aspiring turbine technicians.
The top wind turbine technician programs are taught at Texas State Technical College, Iowa Lakes Community College, Columbia Gorge Community College, Laramie County Community College and Cloud County Community College, as well as Lake Region State College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Northeastern Junior College. The majority of these programs are offered in the Midwest where, not coincidentally, most of the turbine towers are located. The American Wind Energy Association used to endorse top programs with a seal of approval, but the program has been discontinued, claims windturbinetechnicians.net.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, explains that most wind turbine technicians complete a two-year technical program before receiving on-the-job training that typically lasts over 12 months. The BLS expects the employment of wind turbine service technicians to grow at the brisk pace of 24 percent from 2012 to 2022. As of May 2012, the median salary for wind turbine service technicians was $45,970, and there were approximately 3,200 people employed in the field.