Ecotech Institute bolsters its wind energy training technology

Dec 20, 2011

Ecotech Institute has bolstered its wind energy training capabilities with the addition of high–tech equipment that simulates operational and safety functions on large, commercial wind turbines.

The school's Wind Training Lab now contains a generator trainer, fiber optic splicing kit, specialty tools, a Lab–Volt Wind Turbine Nacelle Trainer, a Lab–Volt Wind Turbine Hub Trainer, and several wind farm simulation software packages.

"The integrated systems approach offered by Lab–Volt's Wind Turbine Training Simulators provide a very realistic view of the functionality and programming of a large, commercial wind turbine," added Shawn Lamb, program director at Ecotech Institute. "These are leading–edge technologies that effectively prepare students and get them excited about going into the field."

The Wind Safety Lab now includes a 25–foot climb and rescue tower, Miller Evolution Harnesses and Lanyards, Rescue Randy dummy, Miller Safe Escape Rescue Device, Lab–Volt cranes and a rigging trainer. Ecotech will also soon have a TorcUP torque and tensioning trainer.

Ecotech Institute's Wind Energy Technology program is a two–year associate's degree program focused on the generation and transmission of energy using wind power. Designed with employer input, graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce as wind energy technicians.