Offshore Wind Tech Certification

Are you a Martha’s Vineyard resident interested in pursuing a career as an Offshore Wind Technician?

Don’t wait — classes begin January 25th!


Watch a recent virtual information session, recorded on Oct 26:


If you are a returning Wind program student, please click here.

A PATH TO SUCCESS

Embark on a path that will give you the knowledge and credentials to become a technician in the offshore wind industry. This training program and certificate is offered to year-round Martha’s Vineyard residents interested in a career in applied wind technology, “green energy,” renewable energy and engineering.

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YEAR-ROUND EMPLOYMENT

The offshore wind industry is expanding along the US Eastern seaboard — it is estimated that will directly create thousands of jobs for the south coast through development, construction and operations over the next 25-30 years. Start training now and get in on the ground floor!

Earn your
Certificate of Recognition –
Offshore Wind Power Technician

from Bristol Community College
right here at home!

• This is a 2-year, part-time, 23 college-credit certificate program. Our first cohort kicked off in January 2020 and is expected to complete the program in Fall 2021. A new cohort begins in January 2021. The classes are held either online or in person on Martha’s Vineyard and are taught by Bristol Community College faculty.

• This certificate prepares students as technicians for the offshore wind power industry. Students learn aspects of applied technology such as electrical machinery, fluid systems, materials science and gain hands-on experience with assembly, installation, operation and maintenance of wind power systems.

• Students develop practical skills associated with the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of mechanical systems (hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanisms, and wind power devices).

• Graduates can work as turbine and foundation installers and operation and maintenance (O&M) technicians in the land-based or offshore wind industry or in a variety of marine trades professions at the technical level.

WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE COURSES BE OFFERED?

Where: Due to Covid-19, all classes will be taught remotely (online) until further notice. Once in-person learning becomes viable, the majority of classes will be taught on Martha’s Vineyard.

When: Our next cohort begins the week of January 25, 2021. Classes are scheduled for the early evening to accommodate a person who is employed during the day and for MVRHS students.

Duration: It is estimated that it will take applicants up to two years to complete the full Certification Program.

Cost: Like any college-level certificate program, this is priced per course (as 3 or 4 credit courses). Please also plan for the cost of books and materials.

Candidates must meet these requirements:
• Martha’s Vineyard resident (off-island residents may register directly with Bristol Community College)
• 17 years or older
• Authorized to work in the USA
• Able to speak, understand and write English fluently and clearly
• Comfortable with heights and boat travel
• Good physical health and stamina; the ability to climb on ladder systems to height of turbine nacelle, often with tools and equipment, and the ability to swim.*
• Access to a computer with reliable internet (for remote classes).*

*Students with issues in these areas should contact holly@acemv.org prior to enrollment.

PROPOSED COURSE SEQUENCE*

Spring ’21 EGR 151 Electrical Machinery 3 credits
Spring ’21 EGR 281 Offshore Safety & Survival 4 credits
Fall ’21 SCI 112 Principles of Ecology 4 credits
Spring ’22 EGR 171 Fluid Systems 4 credits
Fall ’22 EGR 282 Wind Power Technology 4 credits
Fall ’22 EGR 283 Wind Power Operations and Maintenance 4 credits

*Course sequence subject to change.

WHO IS OFFERING THIS TRAINING PROGRAM?

ACE MV: Learn Local

ACE MV, Vineyard Power Cooperative and Bristol Community College are partnering to provide this certificate.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MASS CEC).

I’M INTERESTED. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Please fill out this application:

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT

ACE MV
508-693-9222 | info@acemv.org