Offshore Wind Sector Development

Workforce Training and Development

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

Workforce Assessments

Two Workforce Assessments (2018 and 2021) 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

$4M in Workforce Development grants

MassCEC awarded three rounds of grant funding from 2019 - 2021, totaling over $4M, to Massachusetts institutions, labor unions, non-profit organizations, and businesses to support new offshore wind workforce training and development programs and projects

Offshore Wind Community of Practice

Aims to help the offshore wind workforce grantees and other interested partners and stakeholders network, share information and resources, coordinate and collectively develop training and educational pathways into and through the offshore wind industry.

Offshore wind is a new, exciting industry in the U.S. 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.   

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

MassCEC operates two offshore wind facilities: the Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston and the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal on the South Coast of MA. We have also performed engineering studies on 19 coastal properties that are ideally situated to support the growing offshore wind industry. 

New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal

Multi-purpose facility designed to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of offshore wind projects, as well as handle bulk, break-bulk, container shipping and large specialty marine cargo

Wind Technology Testing Center

Largest wind turbine testing facility in North America. Offers full suite of certification tests for turbine blades up to 90 meters in length and wind turbine prototype development methodologies

Ports and Infrastructure Assessments

Numerous under-utilized waterside facilities exist within Massachusetts ports and harbors, and many of these properties have potential to be repurposed to meet the needs of the new offshore wind industry. We conducted two assessments of the existing conditions and redevelopment opportunities at these sites.