Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Inspect, diagnose, adjust, or repair wind turbines. Perform maintenance on wind turbine equipment including resolving electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic malfunctions.
Common job titles of Wind Turbine Service Technicians include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
38.39% said they needed a High School Diploma.
36.4% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Test structures, controls, or mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical systems, according to test plans or in coordination with engineers.
Perform routine maintenance on wind turbine equipment, underground transmission systems, wind fields substations, or fiber optic sensing and control systems.
Diagnose problems involving wind turbine generators or control systems.
Maintain tool and spare parts inventories required for repair, installation, or replacement services.
Climb wind turbine towers to inspect, maintain, or repair equipment.
Start or restart wind turbine generator systems to ensure proper operations.
Troubleshoot or repair mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical malfunctions related to variable pitch systems, variable speed control systems, converter systems, or related components.
Collect turbine data for testing or research and analysis.
Train end-users, distributors, installers, or other technicians in wind commissioning, testing, or other technical procedures.
Test electrical components of wind systems with devices, such as voltage testers, multimeters, oscilloscopes, infrared testers, or fiber optic equipment.
Inspect or repair fiberglass turbine blades.
Operate manufacturing equipment to fabricate wind turbines.
Assist in assembly of individual wind generators or construction of wind farms.
Workshop bench vises
Volt-ohm meters VOM
Vibration analysis equipment
Utility trucksAll Tools
Safety line evacuation kits
Protective face shields
Protective ear muffs
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Portable gas-powered generators
Phillips head screwdrivers
Phase rotation meters
Manual torque wrenches
Lubricant oil sampling kits
Long nose pliers
Insulated wire cutters
Infrared thermography cameras
Hydraulic torque machines
High-rate load testers
Handheld global positioning system GPS units
Ground resistance testers
Flame retardant coveralls
Fiber optic visual fault locators
Fall arrest systems
Electronic watt meters
Distance measuring wheels
Digital still cameras
Conventional watt meters
Amp clamp meters
Alternating current AC power analyzers
Adjustable widemouth pliers
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA softwareAll Technologies
Computerized diagnostic software
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
Industrial control systems software
Microsoft Power Point
Programmable logic controller PLC software
Vestas Wind Systems A/S Vestas Remote Panel
Web browser software
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.