Lucas Montag's favorite place in the world is the top of a wind tower. The view from such a lofty vantage point makes the 300-foot ladder climb worth it. "Once you go out and stand on top of the tower, nothing beats that."
It's a view the recent BSC graduate will enjoy regularly now. With a degree in Energy Services and Renewable Technician
in hand, he'll return to NextEra Energy for one more stint as an intern before transitioning into a full-time role.
Montag first looked to the skies right after high school during a semester at Northland Community College studying aviation electronics. But aviation wasn't a fit. About that time, Montag's identical twin brother was studying win at Lake Region State College and got an internship at NextEra.
"Since they liked him so much they hired me, too. After working there for the summer...I decided to dive in," Montag says.
He enrolled at BSC, where he learned the theory behind the hands-on work he practiced on the job.
"Coming here I learned a lot about electrical theory and troubleshooting - what makes sense and doesn't. I could see the components inside the wind towers, and get my hands on them. We spent a lot of time discussing electrical - hydraulics, programmable logic controllers and lots of safety. This was a better step forward. I know more about things that would be tougher to learn on the job."
He likes the idea of climbing those wind tower ladders for a long time to come, but BSC also helped him find a route to the figurative ladders available to him. Montag is working on his BAS in Energy Management online, as he works alongside his brother.
"I think the industry is really a good one, and I want to be able to move up someday," he says. The brothers will share an apartment near the NextEra Ashtabula site in Hope, N.D., not far from their hometown of Finley.