“As an instructor, I realize that we are today responsible for starting these students on career paths and because of that, I consider that training to be my greatest responsibility,” Steve explains.
In addition to his teaching and training responsibilities, Steve spends a lot of time talking to the local community about renewable energy and educating the public about how clean energy is contributing to Minnesota’s economy.
Take for example the fact that renewable energy generation jobs grew by an impressive 16 percent in 2016 – 11 times faster than overall job growth in Minnesota.
Steve says there’s one person who has unwaveringly supported his passion for educating students from the very beginning.
“My cheerleader has always been my wife. My wife is extremely proud and she's a great supporter of renewables. She thinks that what we do here at Riverland and supporting that growth is incredibly important,” he tells us.
And even though Steve has been working as an electrician for more than 40 years, he’s still in awe of the power of clean energy – it’s what drives him to continue his work at Riverland.
“I have grown with the wind industry here in Minnesota and I still have to tell you that as I drive down the freeway and I see late at night wind turbines with their red-light flashing, I feel like I have a certain role in in that development. And both my wife and I think it's pretty neat,” Steve says.
Students who have graduated and moved onto wind energy jobs may also, agree it’s pretty neat that Steve Vietor has dedicated his career to becoming an expert on clean energy. He is training the workforce that’s enjoying the fastest job growth in the state. His tenacity is a testament to the passion found throughout the clean energy industry.