Advanced Wind Tech Certification
Business And Industry

Located in the middle of America’s wind corridor, High Plains Technology Center (HPTC) in Woodward Oklahoma, is at the heart of wind development technology in the United States.  HPTC’s hands on, dynamic climb and rescue training initiatives provide comprehensive training to the wind industry.  As the first technology center in Oklahoma to offer a course of study for Wind Tech I students. 

The Wind Tech I Training program for wind industry new hires which includes modules focused on Wind Energy Safety as well as AC/DC Electricity, Mechanical Drive Systems, Hydraulics/Pneumatics, Electrical Fundamentals, Wind Energy Practical Skills and Preventive Maintenance. The Renewable Wind Energy Technician Program is a flexible and affordable course of study that will prepare students for a rewarding career in this fast-growing field.  It is an intense, challenging set of courses, and class size is limited to 18 of the best-qualified applicants.  We offer this program twice a year. Students must be in excellent physical condition, weight 265 lbs. or less (due to manufacturer's equipment restrictions), be conversant in English and be comfortable learning to climb and rappel from heights. This program is also PELL-eligible for qualified applicants.  

Click here for application.  Next class will begin December of 2022. Deadline for applications is August of, 2022. Click here for more information or call 580-571-6167.    


HPTC Wind Tech Students may apply for an AT&T Scholarship. Application Coming Soon...

HPTC Wind Tech Students may apply for a Duke Energy Scholarship. Application Coming Soon...

Check out the US Energy Jobs Available at the link below.       

About Our Facility And Our Training

Our training facility has been constructed specifically to deliver wind industry training and includes a working 45M 100KW Direct Drive Turbine onsite, a 2.3 Megawatt Nacelle as well as an inside 35 ft. multi - purpose climbing tower, allowing HPTC to train climb & rescue year round. With industry professionals to guide you in your learning experience. 

HPTC offers a full complement of services to our wind industry partners and all may be customized to fit your training needs.  In addition to the GWO training certified modules for First Aid, Manual Handling, Fire Awareness and Working at Heights, we also provide . . . . . . . . . 

  • GWO BST First Aid, Manual Handling, Fire Awareness, Safe Working at Heights
  • GWO BSTR refresher for First aid, Manual Handling, Fire Awareness, Safe Working at Heights
  • GWO BTT Basic Electronics, Basic Hydraulics, Basic Mechanical
  • GWO ART Advanced Rescue Training
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Safe Driver Training
  • Industrial Fork Lift User Training 
  • Off-road Fork Lift Training
  • Hytorc Bolt Torque & Tension Certification
  • Light Crane Operation & User Safety
  • OSHA 10/30 Wind, Construction, & General Industry
  • NFPA 70E High/Low Voltage
  • Electrical Awareness Training
  • Motor Control Training
  • Laser Alignment Training 
  • Electronic Metering? (fluke)
  • PLC Basics
  • Hydraulics
  • Wind Turbine Technology
  • Fall Protection
  • AHA CPR/First Aid

High Plains Highlights - In The News

Student Natalie Clements research led her to HPTC as the best Wind Tech  Training in America!

High Plains Technology Center wind tech student Natalie Clements took her research very serious when she was looking for the best wind tech program in America, and her research led her to HPTC.
Clements moved to Woodward from Baltimore, Maryland, in December and began the 20-week program. She will graduate May 27 and start her first job as a wind tech May 31 at a wind farm in Colorado.
Clements said she chose HPTC over all the other training sites in the U.S. because of its range of certifications and the time it took to earn them.

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HPTC Wind Tech Student Kris Tinoco visits with AT&T and Duke Representatives.

Congratulations to Kristopher Tinoco, HPTC Wind Tech Student, for being selected as one of the scholarship recipients.

Check out this video of Kris visiting with AT&T's chief diversity officer Corey Anthony and Duke Energy's Joni Davis.

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 AT&T offer $20,000 in scholarships to HPTC Wind Tech students to support diverse wind technology workforce in Oklahoma!

Duke Energy Renewables, through the Duke Energy Foundation, and AT&T announced $20,000 in student scholarships to High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, Okla., for students interested in pursuing wind turbine technology careers. The Duke Energy Foundation awarded $10,000 to establish the Duke Energy Renewables Wind Energy Scholarship and AT&T contributed $10,000 as part of AT&T’s Renewable Energy Scholarship program. The mission of both programs is to establish a more diverse renewable energy workforce and create pathways to sustainable careers, especially among women and people of color.



The Journal Record - Harnessing wind from 300 feet in the air. 

When wind comes sweeping down the plains these days, it brings great opportunities for people like John Munoz and Jerry Dominguez, students ready to graduate from a wind energy training program at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward. It might be said that the future of wind as an energy source - or at least its future in Oklahoma and in a broader region including Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Kansas - arrives first in Woodward.

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Association For Career & Technical Education - Educational Institution Members Spotlight: Jack Day.

Meet Jack Day, wind technology instructor at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, Oklahoma. Day’s interview appears as part of a spotlight series on ACTE’s educational institution members (EIM).

High Plains Technology Center High Plains Technology Center operates as part of a network of 29 career technology centers across the state of Oklahoma. High Plains trains individuals for success in the workplace. A wide variety of course offerings make career education possible for students from all walks of life: career training, professional and personal interest, online classes and business solutions.

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  Congrats to recent Wind Tech Graduate Bonnie Holloway!

Bonnie recently received the WRISE (Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy) "2020 Wind at Our Backs Scholarship!" Wind at our Backs is a new scholarship program for women in or graduating from degree and training programs for wind technicians. This scholarship which provides a tuition stipend, focuses on furthering the education of women in wind energy and is designed to help diversify the wind energy workforce and provide greater opportunities for women in the field.  The scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis and selection is based on commitment to renewable energy development, academic achievement, potential for future contributions to the U.S. renewable energy community, and financial need.

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  Congrats to our recent Wind Tech Graduates!

We proudly present to you the graduates of our most recent Wind Tech Program!! These students are graduating after only 20 weeks with 21 certifications!

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  Advanced Wind Technician Program Opens New Career Opportunities for Rural Students!

Oklahoma has vast energy resources, and opportunities are growing to support the clean power industry.

High Plains Technology Center (HPTC) started its wind tech program 12 years ago, with an eye toward training workers for all of Oklahoma’s energy careers. “A lot has changed since then,” says Taylor Burnett, Asst. Superintendent of the school. “The program started out small, but wind is booming now.”

Burnett says the Advanced Wind Technician Certification Program at High Plains typically enrolls between 12-14 students in a course, with two 20-week courses occurring each year.

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For more information about GWO Training USA at HPTC contact Taylor Burnett at or 580-571-6125.  Or for more information about any of HPTC's Business & Industry training offerings contact Sheila Reazin at or 580-571-6167.