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Wind Energy Fueling New Jobs

When it comes to technical careers, wind energy is blowing to gigantic proportions. TSTC Publishing recently joined the teaching staff of Texas State Technical College’s wind energy program to attend the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) exhibition recently in Dallas.

Walking through the exhibition hall at the Dallas Convention Center was like walking around the world. Spain, Germany, Japan, China, Denmark, Scotland and Great Britain sported huge exhibits. All are active in promoting wind energy. It was gratifying to see the United States figures prominently in this relatively new industry as many states offered a look at what is going on within their borders. Texas leads the pack, followed by Iowa, California, Michigan, Missouri and many more are eager to make wind work for them.

Among those already working in wind energy, the conference drew those wanting to go into the industry. Our newest addition to the TSTC Publishing’s TechCareer Series helps those wanting to enter the industry and also helps to guide adults seeking to change vocations.

TechCareers: Wind Energy, offers a thorough overview of this new, rapidly growing industry of renewable energy. Wind farms dot the landscape in the wide open areas of Texas as well as the Midwest, coastal areas of the United States and in other parts of the world. In fact, all 50 states boast wind energy positions, according to the latest U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report.

Across the nation, 85,000 people work in the wind industry today and hold jobs in areas as varied as turbine component manufacturing, construction and installation of wind turbines, wind turbine operations and maintenance, legal and marketing services, transportation and logistical services, and more.

The Department of Energy (DOE) projects that by 2030, this industry will need 175,000 trained workers. TSTC Publishing recently released the textbook, Electromechanical Principles of Wind Turbines for Wind Energy Technicians, to help train these future workers.

Those in the industry also are contributing to a greener planet. America’s wind power fleet of 35,000 MW will avoid an estimated 62 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to taking 10.5 million cars off the road, according to the annual wind industry report.

America’s wind power fleet also will conserve approximately 20 billion gallons of water annually that would otherwise be lost to evaporation from steam of cooling in conventional power plants.

Features in TechCareers: Wind Energy, written by Mike Jones, include a detailed industry overview and career pathways; educational requirements at two- and four-year programs and personal profiles of industry professionals.

TSTC Publishing launched its first book, Biomedical Equipment Technicians in the TechCareers series in 2008. The series, underwritten by TSTC Emerging Technologies, was created to inform the public about existing technologies and those to come.

Besides Biomedical Equipment Technicians, the series includes Auto Technicians and Avionics. Titles to be released soon include:  Computer Gaming, Aviation Maintenance and Welding. For information about Emerging Technologies, go to www.forecasting.tstc.edu.

TSTC Publishing was established in 2004 as the publishing arm of the Texas State Technical College System. TSTC Publishing is a leading provider of high-end technical instructional materials and related information to institutions of higher education and private industry. For information, call 254-867-3233 or to purchase a book online, go to http://publishing.tstc.edu

Sheila

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