Wind Energy Training
Career Programs

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, HPTC is now the first and only GWO certified provider in Oklahoma for existing wind industry training.  Our GWO certification assures our clients that our training can consistently deliver training to the relevant GWO Standards. 

We deliver a complete range of height safety, access and rescue training for the wind industry, but our courses can also be made applicable for utilities, construction and manufacturing industries, emergency services and the oil & gas industry.

We also deliver a 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 12 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 July of 2022. Deadline for applications is April 1st, 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. 


Click here for more info. about our GWO Certified Training.

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 
  • 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
  • Basic Electronics
  • Basic Hydraulics
  • NFPA 70E High/Low Voltage
  • Electrical Awareness Training
  • Motor Control Training
  • Laser Alignment Training
  • Electronic Metering? (fluke)
  • PLC Basics
  • Intermediate Hydraulics
  • Wind Turbine Technology

High Plains Highlights - In The News

Duke Energy Renewables, 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.


HPTC is the leading, Global Wind Organisation, training provider in the United States according to the GWO Annual Report. 

High Plains Technology Center led the Americas with 4,268 GWO training modules during 2020. The GWO Annual report was recently published and clearly shows the continued increase of growth in the Wind Industry which leads to increased need for training. HPTC, keeping in line with our mission, has met the needs of the current industry by providing the training at the rate of growth that is taking place. Thank you to all of our great Instructors who have been working hard to help others work safer every day on the job.

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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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  HPTC is still one of the leading, Global Wind Organisation, training providers in the United States according to the half year report.

The GWO half year report was recently published and clearly shows the continued increase of growth in the Wind Industry which leads to increased need for training. HPTC, keeping in line with our mission, has met the needs of the current industry by providing the training at the rate of growth that is taking place. Thank you to all of our great Instructors who have been working hard to help others work safer every day on the job.

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  HPTC was recently featured in the Wind Systems Magazine.

Check out this article in Wind Systems Magazine that HPTC is featured in on what we are doing to safely provide safety training.

We are proud to have been able to safely reopen May 4th to be able to continue to provide the crucial safety training's needed to meet the Wind Industries growing needs.

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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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  HPTC is the leading GWO training provider in North America!

Our GWO Wind Energy Training made it into the Global Wind Organisation Annual Report for 2019!

"American standard in the USA and Canada, BTT has also been taken by technicians on an increasing basis. 916 modules were completed, mostly by leading training providers SGRE in Orlando and High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, Oklahoma." GWO Annual Report

Check out the full annual report below.

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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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 High Plains Technology Center Concludes Busiest Year Ever for Wind Turbine Training! 

"High Plains Technology Center, a vocational school that is the first technology center in Oklahoma focused on wind turbine training, concluded its busiest year ever for the number of technicians trained in standardized safety and emergency procedures by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO).

Meeting demand for qualified technicians is one thing, and there’s much more.

“When a student calls and says I helped save this person’s life, that’s what it’s all about.  GWO will save somebody’s life,” says Taylor Burnett, assistant superintendent, business and industry services."  

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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.