Mesalands provides free wind energy training in Albuquerque

September 21, 2012

Mesalands Community College will be offering a free course in the Introduction to Wind Energy for qualified individuals, at the CNM Workforce Training Center in Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 8 am-5 pm.

This introductory course will cover wind energy from the source of wind to the conversion to electrical energy. Historical wind powered mechanisms and the current status of wind energy utilization will also be discussed. The course will be taught by Chad Benton, Wind Energy Faculty at Mesalands. Benton has years of experience working in the wind industry, including experience on actual operation and maintenance of wind turbines at the wind farm near House, NM and on the General Electric 1.5 megawatt wind turbine at the North American Wind Research and Training Center at Mesalands.

Students will also have the opportunity to climb the College’s turbine in Tucumcari on one of the following days: Saturday, October 13; Monday, October 15; Friday, October 19; or Saturday, October 20. An initial climb test will be administered on a 22 foot ladder to insure the safety adherence, physical ability and mental acceptability prior to actually climbing the wind turbine.

The course will begin on Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 8 am-5pm at the CNM Workforce Training Center located at 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. NE in Albuquerque in Room 111. Class size is limited. Students must register for this course by calling (575) 461-4413, ext. 156, or toll-free at (800)261-4877, or visit

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