Your path to paid training and a high-wage, clean energy career as a wind turbine technician
If you love being hands-on and are interested in joining the booming clean energy industry, becoming a wind technician could be the right fit for you.
New Jersey has a huge target for building offshore wind farms, and this is your chance to jump right into this high-paying and rewarding career.
|Deadline to Apply: ||Tuesday - August 15, 2023|
|Approximate program start date: ||Monday - July 31, 2023|
|Approximate program end date: ||Friday - December 22, 2023|
|Approximate dates of job shadowing travel: ||Mid-november to mid-December|
(approximately 5 days at a time)
The program will have full-time hours Monday to Friday,
approximately 8 AM - 4 PM.
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WHAT DOES A TECHNICIAN DO?
As a wind turbine technician, you can work on maintaining offshore wind turbines, onshore and offshore substations, and provide O&M facility support. You will access offshore assets by boat or sometimes helicopter to ensure the smooth operation of an offshore wind farm.
Wind turbine technician is ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of “Best Maintenance and Repair Jobs for 2022," and the Bureau of Labor Statistics has proclaimed it the second-fastest growing occupation in the country, with a projected 68% increase in job growth by 2030 and a median annual salary of $56,230.
The Wind Power Ready program was developed in partnership with
Ørsted, the global clean energy leader and U.S. leader in offshore wind. This full-time paid training program ($15 per hour) lasts 22 weeks and will support you in getting ready to join the industry by gaining practical skills and developing the capabilities needed to become an offshore wind technician.
has the goal of hiring 40% of their incoming turbine technicians from the Wind
Power Ready Program. Ørsted technicians are paid $65,000 per year plus
benefits, well above the industry average.
With this certificate on your CV, you will have all the backing needed to be recruited to work on the operations & maintenance of
New Jersey's first offshore wind farm or the many others under construction up and down the East Coast.
Be at the forefront of building a new American industry – kickstart your new career with us!
Each week, the program will focus on a different subject. Some days you will be in the classroom, understanding the theory behind it all. Other days, you will have a hard hat on and be job shadowing a current technician, exploring things on a boat, or receiving experiential learning at heights, over water.
Get the Basics
- Understanding Wind Power Generation
- Electrical Theory
- Hydraulics Theory
Get Safety Trained
- Global Wind Organization – Basic Safety Training
Get Ready for the Field
- Onshore Job Shadow
- Hands-On Training on Boats
- Offshore Job Shadow
In just 22 weeks, students will gain the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to become entry-level wind turbine technicians. The Wind Power Ready program is open to people of all genders, races and ethnicities. Students who successfully complete the Wind Turbine Technician training program will earn 15 RCSJ college credits towards the Wind Turbine Academic Certificate.
WHO IS THE PROGRAM FOR?
If you enjoy learning by doing, working in teams, and are interested in a career with a view from 850-foot atop a ladder, then this program may be right for you. We welcome students from all backgrounds to join us in this exciting career opportunity.
Must be a New Jersey resident
Must possess a High School Diploma or the equivalent (GED certificate), and
Must be 18 years of age
Electrical and mechanical experience is a plus. Working at heights experience is a plus.
To learn more about our program, please contact us at [email protected] or call 856.415.2218.
Employment readiness support will be provided by the Center for Family Services, in close coordination and consultation with RCSJ. These will include support focused on soft (interpersonal) skills, conflict resolution, financial planning, attitude, communication, planning and organizing, critical thinking, teamwork, professionalism, digital literacy/online applications, and more.