Local student graduates from Mesalands Wind Program
by Erik Spencer Hill
Mesalands Community College is pleased to announce that Sam Adams, from King, recently obtained an Occupational Certificate in Wind Energy Technology at the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands.
“I think this program was fast and furious. I liked the program because you can get your hands dirty and train on an actual turbine,” Adams said.
After successful completion of this program, Adams says he plans to continue his studies. “I’m going to stay at here at Mesalands and get my degree,” Adams said. “I plan to be a safety officer in the future, but I have to have a degree.”
This one-semester certificate program provided instruction in various aspects of safety, wind turbine technology, and turbine maintenance. As part of Adams’ training, he climbed the College’s 1.5 megawatt wind turbine that stands at about 300 feet tall. Training also included tower safety, wind economics, electricity, hydraulics, and mechanics.
“What stood out for me the most about these students is their willingness to climb the wind turbine and learn. These students wanted to climb! I never had a shortage of climbers. This was definitely a good thing!” said Chad Benton, Wind Energy Technology Instructor at Mesalands.
The next class will start in January 2013. For more information, please visit www.mesalands.edu/wind.
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