Two new degree programs at Idaho State University are meant to help train students to work in the burgeoning energy sector.
The programs were developed with help from the Idaho National Laboratory, the 60-year-old energy research facility in the Idaho desert where nuclear power was pioneered.
INL and ISU say one program will prepare mechanical engineers for the nuclear, coal, gas and renewable industries, while a second wind engineering program will immerse students in regulations that govern construction and maintenance of wind turbines.
The programs are part of ISU’s Energy Systems Technology and Education Center, created in 2007 with grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Science Foundation to address growing needs in the U.S. energy sector.
Richard Holman, deputy director of the ISU center, says the program “offers a distinctive element of hands-on training you can’t get anywhere else.”