Wind Turbine Technician

Wind Turbine Technician

Wind turbine technicians (also known as “wind techs”) are responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of wind turbines. They conduct basic cleaning and maintenance of wind turbines and are always safety-oriented. They remain up to date on the latest wind turbine technologies and regulations and troubleshoot any problems that may occur.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Conduct basic cleaning and maintenance of wind turbines
  • Be safety-oriented
  • 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
  • Stay aware 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
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, environmental science, physics and computer skills.
Education/Training Required: 
An associate 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.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
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.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • National Wind Coordinating Collaborative
  • Windustry
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$42,000
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