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Poco Windy #21 “Being a Wind Turbine Technician: 21st Century NM CTE”

What does a wind technician actually do? Work varies slightly by company, but in general, a wind technician “installs, inspects, maintains, operates, and repairs mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical systems.” Using the latest tools - computer tablets, aerial drones, and meters. Some older tools too like wrenches. Safety is the top priority at every step; you are conducting risk assessments. Looking out for each other on your work team. Their, ‘soft’ skills or people skills are every bit as important as technical skills. Technicians typically work in teams. Getting along with teammates daily. The ability to communicate clearly is also important, often critical. A short paragraph was written pieces. Also spoken communication. Lives depend on all three types.

Up top, you are tightening bolts, changing filters, collecting and reporting operating data, and problem-solving. Using a computer tablet (using those communication skills), you are checking fluid levels. Back down on the ground, you take care of vehicle care and light maintenance. Representing a large energy company. Being an important part of a 21st century rural New Mexico community.

Enter CTE. As a dual-credit high school junior or senior enrolled in the Wind Energy career-technical education program through Region 9 and Mescalero High Schools, you will experience high quality, instruction. Instruction - mostly on-line, part live, lab-based, with the hands-on here in Lincoln/Otero Counties, part in Tucumcari at Mesalands Community College (MCC).

Free, serious technical training. 21st-century stuff. Remember: writing and math skills are still important and useful in this type of job. You will have the energy industry experienced MCC instructors. Six courses will get you the initial occupational certificate and entry into the wind industry. Talk to your high school counselor today about signing up for the January semester. Or call the Region 9 Office at (575) 257-2368 and ask for Ms. Blackwell. Or start registering on the Mesalands Community College website. Today.

This is the home of Region IX CTE. Thanks for dropping by this week.

By James Miller