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Wind Turbine Technician

 

Overview

Wind turbine technicians (also known as “windtechs”) are responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of wind turbines.

 

wind turbine technician

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Conduct basic cleaning and maintenance of wind turbines and the areas surrounding them
  • Remain safety-oriented
  • Properly maintain fleet vehicles
  • Maintain documentation of service performed
  • Change filters and perform other scheduled maintenance
  • Troubleshoot problems that occur
  • Climb several hundred feet for maintenance and cleaning
  • Remain abreast of the latest wind turbine technologies and regulations
  • Work well with a team
  • Perform diagnostic electrical analysis
  • Communicate with landowners and supervisors as needed
  • Conduct safety analysis of potential electrical and mechanical hazards
  • Remain flexible as problems may occur in the evenings or on weekends

 

What education and training is required?

An associate’s degree in applied sciences such as wind energy technology may meet job requirements. If you are in an area with a large wind turbine presence, you may be able to receive training specifically as a wind turbine technician, which is preferred.

 

To pursue a career as a wind turbine technician:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, environmental science, physics, and computer courses.

 

Where can I work?

The states that generate the most wind power are Texas, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, North Dakota, and Wyoming. These states have a high demand for wind turbine technicians, but as the industry grows the need for wind turbine technicians will be more widespread.

 

Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for a wind turbine technician will be great over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Wind Energy Association
  • National Wind Coordinating Collaborative
  • Windustry