Energy Sector Job Training
Energy Career Training In Nebraska
Nebraska’s Community Colleges now
offer programs in advanced energy technologies— wind, solar,
hydropower, geothermal and biofuels. With American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act 2009 grants from the Nebraska Energy
Office, four community college systems have added coursework and
training equipment to prepare students for careers in renewable
Teams of instructors from the colleges have developed courses
using national competency standards and continue to expand the
course offerings. Instructors have received training from
organizations such as the American Wind Energy Association,
National Hydropower Association, Geothermal Energy Association,
Solar Energy Institute, and others who offer the most advanced
thinking in renewable energy.
Energy Generation Operations — Milford
Southeast Community College, Milford —
Generation Operations Program: A comprehensive program of study
that provides training in multiple energy systems: Renewable wind
and biofuels specializations and traditional fossil fuel and nuclear
programs. Students learn skills for power plant operators, ethanol
production operators, wind farm technicians and operators, as well
as operators of other types of energy production facilities. Programs
are certified by the Wind Energy Association and the Nuclear Energy
Institute. Program is designed with five quarters of for several
types of energy operations. In the sixth quarter, specific types
of fuel operations prepare students for careers in the type of
energy generating plant of their choosing.
Degree: Associates of Applied Science in Energy Generation Operations.
Their website is www.southeast.edu.
Southeast Community College (SCC) is offering
Generationclasses at their Milford Campus.
To register, call 402-437-2605 or visit the
college admissions webpage.
Mechatronics (wind and solar) — Hastings, Grand Island, Columbus
Central Community College –
Program: Fundamentals necessary to install, maintain, and repair
the latest equipment in varied manufacturing and industrial facilities.
In Fall 2012, the Renewable Energy option will prepare students for entry
level positions in wind and solar energy installation, operation, and
maintenance; Two-year Associate of Applied Technology degree.Their
website is www.cccneb.edu
The Mechatronics Program is offered at the following Central
Community College campuses:
- Hastings - 550 S. Technical Blvd., Hastings, NE 68902
- Grand Island - 3134 West Highway 34, Grand Island, NE 68802
- Columbus - 4500 63rd Street, Columbus, NE 68602
To register call toll-free in Nebraska 1-877-222-0780 or visit the
Wind — Norfolk
Northeast Community College, Norfolk —
Energy Program:Students learn rigging and climbing safety
in and around a wind turbine, wind energy fundamentals, blueprint
reading, control systems and SCADA (supervisory control and data
acquisition) systems and wind turbine siting. Degree: Wind Energy
Diploma or an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Wind Energy
Technology.Their website is
The wind energy program will provide individuals with the necessary
skills and knowledge needed to work in positions in the wind energy
field. Students will acquire knowledge and skills through concentrated
classroom and hands-on learning. Upon completion of the program,
graduates are placed into positions as wind energy technicians.
To register call 402-844-7260 or visit
the college admissions webpage.