Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation (SWECO), located in Chicago, Illinois, serves as the North American subsidiary of the Suzlon Group. The Chicago office is the North American operational headquarters for sales, marketing, business development, supply chain, service and maintenance, finance, HR, and our 24/7 monitoring center called SMC – the Suzlon Monitoring Center.
Suzlon Monitoring Center(SMC) in Chicago is staffed with experienced technicians and engineers who maintain the facility on a 24-hour basis, 365 days a year. SMC technicians rotate at 12-hour intervals to monitor more than 2,420 wind turbines located throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Monitoring of turbines in other parts of the world is managed by SMC in India.
Suzlon Wind Turbine Training Center opened in October 2011 as a state-of-the-art technician training facility located 40 minutes west of Chicago in Elgin, Illinois, and provides educational and training support to technicians in the North and South American markets OSHA has used our facility for dedicated wind turbine training. It features a fully operational 2.1 MW wind turbine nacelle - North America’s first fully operational wind turbine dedicated to training. The nacelle is mounted on an eight-foot tower supported by down-tower control and power panels.
Also utilizing the Elgin Training Center, Herzing University, an online learning institution and Suzlon have teamed up to create an innovative training curriculum for wind energy technicians.
The program, which is offered as part of a diploma or associate's degree, allows aspiring wind technicians to study the technical aspects of wind energy online. Students learn about basic applied wind energy physics, wind turbine operations and maintenance, electricity and electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics, programmable logic controllers, basic mechanics, and industrial safety at the Elgin Facility. While there are many programs offering technician training, this one enables hands-on experience. For more information about Herzing’s courses:
Suzlon Operations, Maintenance & Service (OMS) team in North America prides itself on having an industry leading group that puts the customer and safety as the top priorities. The Suzlon North American fleet averages over 98% availability.