Energy Production & Distribution Technology

Energy Production & Distribution Technology

Power Up for an In-Demand Career

In this program, you'll study the technical fundamentals necessary for a career in the energy industry, with particular attention focused on utility-scale turbine repair and maintenance.

You'll apply classroom concepts by regularly climbing and maintaining the 2.5 megawatt wind turbine located on our campus. Its four generators, hub, gearbox, nacelle, and other parts will give you valuable hands-on experience with these major compenents.

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Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Energy Production and Distribution program will be able to:

  • Read and interpret an electrical schematic
  • Read and interpret a hydraulic schematic
  • Demonstrate ability to perform Lock Out/Tag Out (LOTO) to make equipment safe for maintenance
  • Use a multimeter to measure characteristics of AC and DC electrical circuits
  • Perform wire maintenance tasks in accordance with applicable procedures
  • Use torque/tensioning equipment to secure hardware to the proper specification
  • Perform tasks using hand and power tools in accordance with applicable procedures
  • Design and build an operational photovoltaic system
  • Demonstrate proficiency with fall protection/fall arrest equipment

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Program Costs

Energy Production and Distribution Technologies 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021

Year One

Credits: 13 16 29
Tuition: $2,418 $2,976 $5,394
Fees: $747 $105 $852
Books: $376 $166.25 $542.25



Credits: 12 12
Tuition: $2,323 $2,323
Fees: $575 $575
Books: $112 $112


Year Two

Credits: 14 14 28
Tuition: $2,604 $2,604 $5,208
Fees: $1,370 $90 $1,460
Books: $333 $112 $445




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Technology Fee, Lab Course Fees, Third Party Credentials, Class Related Supplies, and Ancillary Expenses (Tool Sets)
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/22/2021

Program Requirements

To get into the Energy Production & Distribution Technology program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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Required coursework includes the study of mechanical drive systems, schematic reading, maintenance fundamentals, programmable logic controllers, and electrical theory and troubleshooting.

We provide you with the technical fundamentals necessary for many career opportunities in the renewable energy industry.

  • Wind energy specialist
  • Photovoltaic installer
  • Industrial mechanic
  • Data acquisition specialist
  • Electro-mechanical technician

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Our faculty and staff look forward to providing you with fundamentals and hands-on experience you need to find a job in the field of wind energy maintenance!

The Energy Production and Distribution Technology Program provides a focused, quality technical education designed to meet the unique skill demands of the wind energy maintenance career field.


Industrial Technologies
101 Jones Hall