Continued growth in the global wind industry indicates a demand for more specialists with advanced education in wind energy. Organizations will need professionals who understand the inner workings of wind turbines, are able to predict wind farm performance, and understand the complexities of siting, permitting, and logistics.
Why a Certificate in Wind Energy at Penn State?
The 9-credit online Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy is offered through Penn State's World Campus making it possible to further your education while meeting your current responsibilities.
This online graduate certificate provides you with a highly relevant wind energy curriculum taught by faculty with world-class expertise. A graduate certificate in wind energy can help you add an important credential to your résumé — as you acquire a skill set valued across the wind energy industry. In addition, you get the convenience and flexibility of completing your course work at times and places that fit into your life and current schedule.
Continue Your Education in Wind Energy
In addition to being an excellent stand-alone credential, all of the courses in the Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy can be applied toward the Wind Energy Option of the Master of Professional Studies in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (iMPS-RESS) degree program, also offered online through Penn State's World Campus.
Who Should Apply?
The graduate certificate in wind energy is ideal for you if you are looking to get involved in or lead advances in the wind energy industry. Whether you are a current or aspiring practitioner in the field, the certificate program can provide you with the opportunity to improve your skills and further your career. Students will come into the certificate program with various undergraduate degrees; however, applicants are expected to have taken college-level courses in fluid mechanics, statics, and dynamics for entry into this graduate certificate.
Career Opportunities for Graduates
Professionals with experience in wind energy systems are needed to ensure the cost-effective development of wind energy projects in increasingly challenging environments. Companies will look for individuals with a broad understanding of the wind project development process, as well as technical depth in turbine siting and technology.
Because of the balanced perspective of technical, logistical, and project development aspects of wind energy in this certificate, you could be qualified for such positions as:
- wind energy project manager
- wind research analyst
- process engineer – wind energy
- senior wind developer
- director of environmental permitting
Information for Military and Veterans
Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.
Online Education at Penn State
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- Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems - Wind Energy Option (Master of Professional Studies)
- Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems Base Program (Master of Professional Studies)
- Bioenergy (Graduate Certificate)
- Solar Energy (Graduate Certificate)
- Sustainability Management and Policy (Graduate Certificate)