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Universal Technical Institute and 3t Energy Group Team Up to Help Meet High Demand for Wind Turbine Technicians

Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a division of Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI), and a leading workforce solutions provider of transportation, skilled trades, and energy education programs, is joining forces with 3t Energy Group, a global training powerhouse, to enhance and expand its Wind Power Technician training program, currently offered at its MIAT College of Technology-branded campuses in Canton, Michigan and Houston, Texas. 

The new agreement means 3t Energy Group will review UTI/MIAT’s training facilities, help design the curriculum and train its instructors in the development of GWO accredited safety and skills training.  UTI is currently working to expand the Wind Power Technician program to an additional three UTI-branded campuses in Rancho Cucamonga and Sacramento, California. and Lisle, Illinois.  All are slated to begin by Summer, pending regulatory approval. 

“The demand for skilled workers, specifically in green energy, means UTI and MIAT need to train even more students to become wind turbine technicians,” said Ken Todd, education and development program manager for energy at MIAT-Canton. “This partnership will uniquely position us to become a market leader in wind energy training.” 

3t Energy Group is a leading provider of training, technology and simulation solutions to the worldwide energy industry. As a world-leading Global Wind Organization (GWO) and energy sector training facilitator, 3t works directly with independent and government workforce development organizations all over the world in the creation of new, GWO and industry accredited training facilities.   

“This is a very exciting partnership for 3t Energy Group, and I’m thrilled to be bringing our years of industry-leading experience and knowledge to UTI/MIAT to help shape the future of the renewables industry,” said Geoff Croft, Global Head of GWO Training and Development at 3t Energy Group. “This is the beginning of an exciting, and no doubt long-term, partnership with UTI/MIAT, joining them in their ambition to be the largest provider of GWO and industry training courses across the US.”   

The Wind Power Technician program can be completed in as little as seven months, and includes training in everything from materials, processes and welding to electrical theory, climb and rescue, and hydraulics and gears. Graduates are prepared for entry-level careers as wind service or wind turbine construction technicians, control room operators, composites technicians or sales representatives.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the job outlook for wind turbine technicians is growing at a rate much faster than the average for all occupations – projected to increase 44% from 2021 to 2031. 

For more information on UTI and MIAT’s Wind Power Technician training program, visit here.