My name is Jared Heminway. I am a Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology graduate with an associate’s degree in Avionics. My training helped in making me aware of what companies are looking for in an employee and the attendance they expect from you.
I now work for Nextera Energy Resources, a branch of Florida Power and Light (FPL), which is one of the largest producers of wind energy. The corporate office is located in Florida, but they have sites all over the United States, which includes California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The main task of working on the turbines is maintaining them and making sure they are operating efficiently. Jobs are split up into a few categories such as High Voltage, Operations & Maintenance, Central Maintenance, etc. High Voltage works on the power stations and transformers that each turbine has. Operations & Maintenance stay on one site and makes repairs on the wind turbines if they go down. Central Maintenance visits a number of sites and does preventative maintenance on the turbines to keep them operating efficiently.
Maintaining the wind turbines is essential in keeping many dependent homes up and running with electricity. Many of the newer turbines being built are focusing on electronics to operate and would fit the Avionics department nicely. All of the turbines at one point are physical maintenance and the skills of Aviation Maintenance would be perfect for the job.
The Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology Student Services department helped me out by setting up online alarms that would alert me to possible job openings and helped me find the job with Nextera Energy Resources. They were also determined to make sure I had a job, and would help me out by letting me know about more job opportunities in the areas I was interested in.
The wind industry is growing at an astonishing rate. Over the past decade, demand has steadily increased and more wind farms are being built. This industry shows no signs of slowing down and will be available for a very long time.