Applied Engineering Technology-Wind Turbine Technologies AAS

A career that takes you to new heights.

Wind farms are springing up across Iowa.

Thousands of wind generators are appearing on Iowa's landscape. It was part of a major economic development initiative to create new, "green-collar" jobs and make Iowa the renewable energy capital of the nation.

Exciting new job opportunities are being created by the expansion of the wind energy industry. Utility companies that are installing these 300-foot-tall wind turbines need workers who know how to build, operate, repair and maintain them.

That's where you may fit in.

Register now for Des Moines Area Community College's Applied Engineering Technology program. In just two years, you can earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and be ready to take your place in the exciting wind energy industry.

With your AAS degree from DMACC, you'll be qualified for a position in wind turbine technology. It's a high-skill, high-pay job with a secure future. You will be able to work in many areas of the country, including right here in Iowa.

The DMACC Wind Turbine Technologies Degree program is offered on the Ankeny Campus beginning each Fall semester.

MidAmerican Energy, as well as other large-scale electrical utilities, continue to add hundreds of wind turbines in Iowa as well as nationwide.

In addition to generating electricity for the DMACC Ankeny Campus, the wind turbine is used by students to learn about its operation, maintenance, and repair. As a result, the turbine will occasionally not be turning, even on a windy day.

Wind Energy in the News

Iowa could see 17,000 wind jobs by 2020


A Note about the Importance of Wind Energy from our President

As we tackle the challenges of meeting our modern energy needs, it’s important that we continue to recognize and celebrate the strength of Iowa’s renewable energy capability. More specifically, our capacity to produce over one-third of our energy output from wind alone makes Iowa an example for the rest of the country and world to follow.
This vital industry and the part that Iowa is playing in its growth was highlighted in a recent op-ed in the Des Moines Register. Our renewable energy capacity means that we’re able to achieve a greater output for our community colleges through training programs that help bring talent and demand to our community, and in turn our economy. Our workforce needs to be able to meet the demand of our industries, and the wind industry is no different from all the businesses DMACC serves.
Utility companies are investing in Iowa by expanding our wind energy output, and in turn they require the appropriate workforce to build, operate, and maintain the wind turbines powering our output. DMACC is proud of its wind turbine education program capacity.
As the wind industry expands in Iowa, it’s our goal to help make and keep Iowa the renewable energy capital of the U.S. We’re well on our way, and the economic opportunities that lie ahead of us are tremendous. I hope you’ll join me in backing our wind industry for our environment, our workforce, our economy, and our future.

--Rob Denson, DMACC President