Training for wind energy jobs

If you're a job seeker looking to break into the renewable energy field, you may be told you're not qualified. But getting the skills you need may not be as hard as you think, especially if you're a veteran looking for work.
If you're a job seeker looking to break into the renewable energy field, you may be told you're not qualified. But getting the skills you need may not be as hard as you think, especially if you're a veteran looking for work.

On any given day, there's a variety of classes going on at the Kern Community College District that give students job-specific skills. One of those classes is teaching students how to be wind turbine technicians. It's a program through the Clean Energy Center of California that teaches students everything from hydraulics and mechanics to theory.

The program is designed to give students the skills wind energy employers are looking for. While it's open to almost anyone, veterans automatically qualify and instructors say veterans usually make a great fit for the industry.

"Their history in the service helps them in all aspects of the industry. Working with minimal supervision, if they take a job that requires traveling and being responsible. I think its huge the life experience they receive in the military," said lead wind tech instructor Dale Whinery.

For more information on the program, you can call the Kern Community College District at 661-336-5052.

One factor that could hurt the wind industry is if Congress lets the wind production tax credit expire at the end of the year. It's currently being debated by lawmakers.
 
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