Offshore Wind Tech Certification

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

Watch our most recent virtual information session, recorded on Oct 26:

Have any questions? Want to be a part of our next info session? Please join us on December 3 at 6pm via Zoom. It’s free and open to all Martha’s Vineyard residents!


Ready to apply for the program? Please fill out this application:


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, 29 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 in January 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
• 17 years or older
• Authorized to work in the USA
• Able to speak, understand and write English fluently and clearly
• Have taken high school math or equivalent
• Comfortable with heights and sea travel
• Good physical health and the ability to swim and/or climb. Students with issues in these areas should contact holly@acemv.org prior to enrollment.
• Access to a computer with reliable internet (for remote classes). Students who need assistance in this area should contact holly@acemv.org prior to enrollment.

COURSE SEQUENCE

Spring ’21 EGR 151 Electrical Machinery 3 credits
Spring ’21 MTH 152 College Algebra* 3 credits
Fall ’21 SCI 112 Principles of Ecology 4 credits
Fall ’21 ENG 101 Composition I: College Writing* 3 credits
Spring ’22 EGR 282 Wind Power Technology 4 credits
Spring ’22 EGR 283 Wind Power Operations and Maintenance 4 credits
Fall ’22 EGR 171 Fluid Systems 4 credits
Fall ’22 EGR 182 Offshore Safety & Survival 3 credits

Course sequence subject to change.

*Those with AP or college credit may be able to place out of these courses.
Some prerequisites apply.

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?

If you’re interested in becoming a certified technician in this field, your first step is to join us for an upcoming virtual open house and information session, free and open to all Martha’s Vineyard residents, with follow-up Q&A:

Offshore Wind Virtual Open House & Info Session #2
Thursday, December 3 at 6PM

Ready to apply for the program? Please fill out this application:

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT

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