Auxilius Heavy Industries offers program to high school students

A new training program is preparing students for the wind energy industry in Benton County.

Posted: Mar 16, 2018 6:31 PM

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— Auxilius Heavy Industries is offering a training program to students who are interested in the Wind Industry.

The program allows high school seniors and graduates to work on wind turbines and make a career out of it. Training sessions are held inside of the classroom and out in the field to give students the chance to gain hands-on experience of being a certified technician. The training program now has a facility for students and trained technicians to learn more about wind turbines.

Students will get the chance to repair turbines in their training facilities and experience what it is like on the inside of a turbine.

AHI Training Center Manager Martin Blessing said the program gives students the chance to earn money right out of school.

"For a young person coming out and making between $10 and $20 an hour is kind of unheard of coming out so we're going to provide training, make sure you're safe and do it correctly," Blessing said.

Student wind technician at AHI, Johnathan Gosch, has been training at Auxilius Heavy Industries since August. He said he took a different job before this because he was hesitant about the requirements.

"Back where I'm from in Illinois, we have a community college that was offering courses and I passed on it because my fear of heights."

Hugo Flores is a composite trainer at the training center. He said this is real-world experience for students because the majority of repair work they do involves blades from the turbines that have been damaged.

"Most of them are lightning strikes, that's what we do in this area, when we have storms they get damaged. They get structural damage that we have to fix in the air," Flores said.

Another wind turbine technician, Nathaniel Post, spent his day studying for a final exam in one of the courses. Post says the sense of community is what makes this job different.

"We're all put together as a big team, and you kind of grow your own family. You become friends and close friends and you know about each other's lives. It's one big family here," Post said.

The program allows students who are 18 years or older to register. Information on where students can apply can be found here.

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