Shift your career with the future of power in the Wind Turbine Technician program. Our nationally recognized Wind Turbine Technician program is designed to meet the international certification standard and prepares you to write competency exams as well as the first-period Electrician Apprenticeship provincial exam.

In our program, you’ll be fully immersed as you learn from instructors who have experience in the wind turbine industry, gain practical experience as you work on actual wind turbine components in our shop and 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.

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Career Opportunities

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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the number of square feet in our wind turbine shop

309,000

the weight, in pounds, of the college’s nacelle, which provides students with hands-on experience working with actual wind turbine components

At-a-Glance

Starts-in

September or January

Credential / Accreditation

Diploma

Duration

1 year

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Academic Centre

Centre for Trades

Admissions

New students 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

Alternate admission applicants must successfully complete the Alberta Apprenticeship first period Electrical pre-entrance exam with a minimum grade of 70%.

Non-Academic Requirements

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
Medical Requirements

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.

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Delivery Formats

The Wind Turbine Technician program is delivered on campus face-to-face with a very small portion of blended learning.

Blended

This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.

On-Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus in accordance with AHS guidelines. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on-campus in Lethbridge.

Courses

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Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
WHS-1110 Workplace Safety 3
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
  Credits 19.5
Term II
WTT-1113 Wind Turbine Rotor Blades 1.5
WTT-1116 Motor Control and Programmable Controllers 1.5
WTT-1117 Wind Turbine Hydraulics 3
WTT-1118 Wind Park Construction 3
WTT-1120 Wind Turbine Safety II 3
WTT-1123 Wind Turbine Electrical 6
WTT-1124 Wind Turbine Maintenance 3
WTT-1125 Wind Turbine Industry Communication 1.5
  Credits 22.5
  Total Credits 42

Important Notes:

  1. Applicants must be comfortable working at extreme heights and weather conditions and should not suffer from motion sickness.
  2. Applicants must have strong mechanical aptitude and experience working with hand tools.
  3. As international travel may be required, industry requires potential employees to be eligible for passports.
  4. Applicants must hold a current driver’s license as travel is required to training and instructional sites.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
Apprenticeship Pathway

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/

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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$7,060.00
$2,132.00
$1,345.00
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International Students
Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$19,660.00
$2,132.00
$1,345.00
Notes

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.

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