Offshore Wind Sector Development

Cranes unload wind turbine parts at New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal dock
Turbine parts are unloaded at the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal



Workforce Training and Development

The new U.S. offshore wind industry needs a large, diverse, and skilled workforce. The training and development of an offshore wind workforce ensures local residents have the expertise and credentials they need to access new, high-quality job opportunities in this emerging industry. Through investments, technical assistance, and facilitation, MassCEC is supporting a range of essential, innovative, and thoughtful programs and projects that are training and educating Massachusetts workers for jobs in offshore wind. 

Workforce Assessments

Two offshore wind Workforce Assessments (2018 and 2021) and MassCEC’s 2023 Clean Energy Workforce Needs Assessment provide a comprehensive analysis of workforce needs, specific occupations, and economic development impacts associated with the deployment of 1,600 MW of offshore wind in Massachusetts.

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Workforce Development Grants

MassCEC has invested over $11.2 million in growing the offshore wind workforce through training programs, educational programs, and infrastructure projects. Through five rounds of funding, we've awarded 43 grants to 24 unique organizations.

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Offshore Wind Works Community of Practice

MassCEC is building a comprehensive ecosystem of training providers, educational institutions, community development organizations, and others who work collaboratively to develop training and educational pathways into and through the offshore wind industry.

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Find Your Career in Offshore Wind

Offshore wind is an exciting new industry in the United States. Tens of thousands of new workers are needed to build, maintain, and operate the infrastructure that will soon provide power up and down the east coast. You may already have the expertise the industry is seeking! If not, training programs are available to get you started and help you advance. Use our Clean Energy Career Pathways tool to find a training program near you!  

Supply Chain

MassCEC curates a list of local suppliers, contractors and manufacturers that serve the offshore wind industry. All listings are reviewed and approved by MassCEC staff before being published. Search the directory, list your company, or both!

Ports and Infrastructure

Massachusetts' ports and harbors feature numerous waterside facilities, many of which have potential to be repurposed to meet the needs of the new offshore wind industry. In 2022, MassCEC ran a "Ports Challenge," which resulted in $180 million of investments in offshore wind port facilities in multiple communities.  MassCEC previously performed infrastructure assessments on several coastal properties that are ideally situated to support the growing offshore wind industry.