Harness the wind to power your future in our Wind Turbine Technician program, a nationally recognized program designed to meet the international certification standard and give you the skills and experience needed to succeed in one of the fastest growing technologies in the world.
In under one year, you'll learn from instructors with experience in the industry, work on actual wind turbine components like our 309,000-pound nacelle, scale the training tower that’s located right on campus. Focused on safety, the Wind Turbine Technician program allows you to earn numerous safety certificates.Apply Now Grab and Go Information
Once certified, your skills will be extremely marketable in this burgeoning industry; many of our students are hired within days of graduation. You'll have multiple future career pathways as a:
- Apprentice Electrician
- Blade Repair Technician
- Wind Turbine Construction
- Wind Turbine Maintenance
- Wind Turbine Manufacturing
- Wind Turbine Technician
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This program is available for International Students.
New applicants are accepted into the Wind Turbine Technician program in the Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms.
General Admissions Requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.
Alternate admission applicants must successfully complete the Alberta Apprenticeship first period Electrical pre-entrance exam with a minimum grade of 70%.
Students are to supply the following program-approved personal safety equipment:
- coveralls or work clothes
- steel-toed boots with ankle covered
- safety glasses
- tight-fitting work gloves
This program requires applicants to be in good physical condition. Applicants must be able to perform physical duties such as climbing ladders of 60 to 125 meters in height, lifting items up to 22.5 kg (50 lbs.) in weight, working at heights and in confined spaces.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Wind Turbine Technician certificate.
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The Wind Turbine Technician program is delivered on campus face-to-face.
This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.
|WTT-1100||Introductory Electrical Theory||3|
|WTT-1103||DC Laboratory Fundamentals||3|
|WTT-1104||Canadian Electrical Code and Blueprint Reading||3|
|WTT-1110||Wind Turbine Safety I||3|
|WTT-1114||Wind Turbine Mechanical||3|
|WTT-1115||Wind Energy Theory||1.5|
|WTT-1113||Wind Turbine Rotor Blades||1.5|
|WTT-1118||Wind Park Construction||3|
|WTT-1120||Wind Turbine Safety II||3|
|WTT-1121||Motor Controls & PLC's||3|
|WTT-1125||Wind Turbine Industry Communication||1.5|
|WTT-1127||Wind Turbine Hydraulics||1.5|
|WTT-1129||Wind Turbine Electrical||3|
|WTT-1130||Wind Turbine Maintenance||6|
- Applicants must be comfortable working at extreme heights and weather conditions and should not suffer from motion sickness.
- Applicants must have strong mechanical aptitude and experience working with hand tools.
- As international travel may be required, industry requires potential employees to be eligible for passports.
- Applicants must hold a current driver’s license as travel is required to training and instructional sites.
- A good working knowledge of the English language (including speaking, comprehension, reading and writing) is necessary for success in the program and future employment opportunities.
- When WTT-1100 Introductory Electrical Theory (3 credits), WTT-1103 DC Laboratory Fundamentals (3 credits), and WTT-1104 Canadian Electrical Code and Blueprint Reading (3 credits) are combined together they form the requirements for the first period technical training for the Electrician Apprenticeship Period One program. After completion of the Wind Turbine Technician program (or at least the three courses named above), the student could be indentured in the electrician trade and could complete their technical training through to journeyman status by attending the Electrician Apprenticeship Program available at Lethbridge College.
Students who have successfully completed Lethbridge College's Wind Turbine Technician Certificate program can continue to obtain their Journeyman Certification by registering with Apprenticeship Alberta. For more information about Alberta's apprenticeship requirements go to: https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/
Tuition and Fees
Students in this program are required to purchase their own mobile learning device. Check your letter of admission or contact your program office – there are minimum requirements.
Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.
Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
“Lethbridge College gave me the ability to problem solve, which was very effective going into the early stages of my career where everything was brand new and exciting. I’m happy and extremely proud to say that I surpassed my own career goals I’ve set for myself.”
“The second day of training they had us to the top of a tower near Coaldale. It was a bit windy and you could feel the tower swaying a little. You have to be immune to motion sickness, but it was enjoyable.”
“I was 20 years old and making good money but tired of working at this place already. My mom said ‘Well, look at the college.’ I thought I was too old to do that, too old to go back to school. But she had been reading about the new wind turbine program and brought it up to me, and it looked good. So, I applied and got accepted, and then I had to work on funding.”
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