Due to the recent technological advances in geothermal power plant development in Iceland and its growing potential as a widespread power source, the Keilir Institute of Technology has introduced a new Geothermal Power Plant Technician Associate Degree to its academic program. It is designed to address the growing need for skilled geothermal power plant technicians as well as health, safety and environmental issues.
The Geothermal Power Plant Technician Program is divided into two modules spread across two years. During the first year, students receive hands-on training in running and maintaining power plants; where as the second year is more focused on academic methods and techniques for planning daily operations, maintenance and purchasing equipment/spare parts.
Most importantly, throughout the program students are trained with a ‘sense of ownership’ towards running, operating and maintaining geothermal power plants. Students will eventually show a great deal of initiative, implement improvements and perform follow-up actions. This will of course be beneficial towards the impact of long-term employment opportunities.
Furthermore in the program, students will learn how to reduce maintenance costs through specialist training, without the need for a manufacturer’s service.
The Geothermal Power Plant Technician Program is offered in cooperation with HS-Orka (Sudurnes Power Company) and will be available from September 2011 at the Keilir Institute of Technology in Keflavik, Iceland.
For further information on the course, its requirements, geothermal power in Iceland and Keilir visit http://en.keilir.net.
I’ve not long started the Geothermal Power Plant Technician course at the Keilir Institute of Technology. It’s a wonderful place to study.
The program sounds fantastic but…My questions would be why can we not find a mode of teaching outside of the long drawn out 2 year minimum academic process? Green energy is a very prominent concern globally. It needs to be addressed faster than normal “teacing” constraints can allow. And yes there is probably a lot to learn but the thought is worth questioning.
Having visited Iceland 4 times I appreciate the Icelandic culture’s reverence for nature, nature beings, etc. We visited some of the geothermal sites and volcanic areas (which you can’t miss if you’re in Iceland). Geothermal seems so benign and earth-friendly compared to oil and nuclear power. I’m glad to see a formal program in place for training geothermal specialists and technicians.
The new program definetly has a potential. Green energy is a way to go, there is less and less oil on the planet and noone seems to be able to pump it out as fast as the demand for it grows.
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This is another truly Icelandic innovation. The best way to learn and adapt is to be within.
In the Philippines as we also utilized geothermal power, from BS – Engineering, a five years course we often get our geothermal training/knowledge from Iceland or the University of Glasgow in Ireland. Specialized course is for one year.
This is unique and thanks, it is available here.