UMore open house will showcase wind-industry jobsU of M wind research facility will team with Mesabi Range Community and Technical College for session
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
The University of Minnesota and Mesabi Range Community and Technical College have a neat partnership when it comes to wind energy. On Saturday Mesabi staff and students will showcase their part of that partnership with an open house at the Eolos Wind Energy Research Field Station on the UMore Park property.
Mesabi Wind Energy Technology director Dan Janisch said the informal open house will be an opportunity to share information about wind energy technologies and careers in the field.
The event is open to all, but high school teachers, guidance counselors and students and their parents are especially encouraged to attend and learn about careers in the field.
Janisch and students from the Mesabi wind energy program will be available to answer questions. Janisch said it will be a mostly question-and-answer format and they will show people around the Eolos Wind Station. He advised attendees to wear boots or appropriate footwear because it may be muddy.
Mesabi has one of two wind energy technician programs in the state. In March the school, which is located in Eveleth, completed installation of a Vestas V27 turbine that will be used for research and learning opportunities.
The Vestas turbine is smaller than the 2.5 megawatt Clipper Liberty wind turbine located on the UMore property. Janisch said the schools have partnered to use the two turbines to conduct valuable research into wind energy.
Both turbines are equipped with nearly identical state-of-the-art instruments and sensors to measure weather conditions, wind speed and turbulence. The equipment will give technicians and engineering students the opportunity to compare and contrast operations and performance of the two turbines.
Janisch said the information that will come from the partnership will be cutting edge and will advance the industry. The partnership provides on-site training for students in areas such as maintenance and operations.
Wind energy is a growing industry and there is a demand for skilled professionals, said Janisch. Jobs in the field include wind technicians, construction and engineering workers. Janisch said through the open house they hope to recruit students to wind-related job fields.
The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the Eolos Wind Energy Research Field Station, located at 2685 152nd St. E. in Rosemount.
More information and directions are available at www.eolos.umn.edu. For information on the Mesabi Wind Energy Project visit mesabi.windenergy.project.mnscu.edu.