Wind turbine technology program at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City …

March 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Lowery knew he wasn’t happy with that degree path or the career to which it would lead him. So he changed tracks and came to Oklahoma.

He now is on the ground floor of a burgeoning industry that’s playing a growing role in the state’s economy.

Lowery graduated last year from the wind turbine technology program at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. Today, he is in Portland, Ore., training to work for Vestas, a Danish manufacturer of wind turbines.

For the next several months, Lowery will be going through classroom and on-site training programs designed to teach employees the ins and outs of the turbine systems.

The two-year program at OSU-OKC is proving its worth, he said — he's better-versed in the technology than others in the program, and much of the college's training went further than the Vestas program.

“I had a good baseline education,” he said.

OSU-OKC began offering an Associate of Applied Science degree in wind turbine technology program in 2010. It has seen its ranks swell with students, such as Lowery, interested in getting a foothold in an industry that is poised to grow.

With the opening of its Crossroads wind farm earlier this year in Dewey County, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. announced it could meet about 10 percent of its customers' energy needs with wind. Other developers are looking to Oklahoma as a potential site for wind farms, including Chermac Energy, which hopes to open a farm in Harper County in 2013 or 2014.

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