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TMCC to Train Geothermal Technicians

Posted: Oct 27, 2010

Truckee Meadows Community College will plan, develop and institute a curriculum to train individuals to become geothermal plant operators, making the college a leader in providing this type of training. Classes may begin as early as fall 2011.

“TMCC has earned an excellent reputation for leading workforce development for Northern Nevada, and renewable energy is the most recent example of meeting the training need and meeting it quickly,” said Dr. Maria Sheehan, TMCC president. “The college continues to be on the cutting edge of industry, and renewable energy is a perfect example. Thanks to a recent congressional appropriation, TMCC will become the second provider of geothermal power plant technician training in the world.”

The program is funded in part by a $500,000 congressional appropriation that will be administered through the U.S. Department of Energy.

The program will build on the associate of applied science (AAS) degree in renewable energy currently offered at TMCC. Courses will be developed to give students interested in geothermal power a working knowledge of local geothermal power plants and the development, maintenance and troubleshooting activities associated with the operation. A second track will offer students a certificate of achievement upon completion of a 35-credit intense training program. This program will be directed toward national and international students currently working in the geothermal field or associated industries.

Recent developments within the technologies of geothermal power plants have led to the expansion of technical training in Iceland to cope with the demand for technicians. The Geothermal Power Plant Technician course at the Keilir Institute of Technology is the only other program in the world set to address the growing need for skilled geothermal power plant technicians as well as health, safety and environmental issues.

Courses will be offered at the TMCC High Tech Center at Redfield (Redfield Campus) adjacent to the Ormat Galena III geothermal plant, the TMCC IGT Applied Technology Center (Edison Way) and the Dandini Campus. In order to maintain the state-of-the-art in course content, TMCC will actively work with the Great Basin Geothermal Resources Center, a collaboration of the University of Nevada and the Desert Research Institute, to provide professional development to train and update faculty in the latest techniques and research in the geothermal field. Courses will be delivered by knowledgeable faculty, both full time and adjunct. An active and engaged advisory committee has already been formed and is at work on this project. Internships will also have a prominent role in the curriculum.

Truckee Meadows Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Reno, Nevada, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. The college serves more than 32,000 students each year in credit and non-credit programs at five college sites and more than 20 community locations. For more information, please go to www.tmcc.edu.



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