Industry & Employers
a person wearing safety gear climbs an indoor training tower
Otys Potts-Littlemustache, a graduate of the college's Wind Turbine Technician program, climbs the training tower. A full-sized nacelle is in the background.

Lethbridge College is opening the doors to its state-of-the-art Wind Turbine Technician lab on Thursday, March 9 to host both industry partners and the public for Wind Summit 2023.

The first half of the day, from 9 a.m. to noon, is geared towards industry and includes an Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) presentation on wind turbines as a trade, followed by focus groups and then lunch and networking in the Garden Court dining room. Ticket sales for the morning session are now closed.

An Open House and Recruitment Fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in the college’s Wind Turbine Technician lab (TT1951) in the Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility (TTIF). Instructors from the School of Renewable Energy will join representatives from more than a dozen wind companies across Canada to answer questions about the industry. This portion of the event is free and open to anyone interested in getting a close-up look at the tools, equipment and technology driving the wind energy industry.

“Our Wind Turbine Technician lab is a world-class training facility for one of the fastest growing industries, not only in Canada, but across the globe,” says Colin Wynder, chair of Lethbridge College’s School of Renewable Energy. “There are so many opportunities for our graduates, and I invite anyone interested in learning more to stop by Thursday.”

Open House attendees interested in pursuing a career in the wind industry can also apply to Lethbridge College in-person during the event. The $100 application fee for programs in the School of Renewable Energy will be reduced by 50 per cent between 1 and 4 p.m.

Students enrolled in the nationally recognized Wind Turbine Technician program earn an internationally recognized certification from the Global Wind Organization (GWO) and get hands-on experience by scaling the training tower on campus and working on the 309,000-pound nacelle housed in TTIF. Career pathways include, but aren’t limited to, wind turbine construction, maintenance and manufacturing, as well as apprentice electrician and blade repair technician.