Wind Energy Education and Jobs in Colorado

At Colorado State University, we don't yet have a wind energy engineering program.  In fact, very few do.  The University of Massachusetts has the country's oldest and most well-known program, offering Master's and Doctoral programs specializing in wind energy.  Another program has been developed at Texas Tech University at the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center.

At CSU, we've been offering an introductory class in wind energy engineering in Mechanical Engineering as a technical elective for seniors and graduate students.  But you've got to be enrolled as an Engineering student to take this class.

We're often asked about certificate or training programs.  Those are programs that are more readily found at local community colleges or a trade schools.  We've listed a few below.

For more information about clean energy jobs, check out the U.S. DOE's Energy Education and Workforce Development website.

You may also want to visit the training website at the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology.  They were part of the Metro Denver WIRED Initiative that was largely funded through a four-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant started in early 2006 and finished at the end of January 2010.They have free courses available for energy efficiency auditors and installers, solar power systems installers, and wind energy industry training.  You can find their site here:


Community College-Based Wind Energy Programs

Northeastern Junior College in Sterling began offering courses to develop wind energy technicians in August 2009.   This is the first two-year degree program is the first program of its kind to open in Colorado.
Front Range Community College-Larimer Campus in Fort Collins will begin to offering a Clean Energy Technology Program this fall that will prepare individuals for entry-level work in the growing clean-energy industry.

OK - so LCCC is in Wyoming, not Colorado.  But it's got the oldest wind energy technology program in the area at both the Cheyenne and Laramie campuses