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 energy fields.
Teams of instructors from the colleges have developed courses using
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 —
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
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
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
college admissions webpage.
Wind — Norfolk
Northeast Community College, Norfolk —
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
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.