Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Manufacturing > Maintenance, Installation & Repair

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

1300+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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:
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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.

Tasks

    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.

Tools

Workshop bench vises

Wire strippers

Voltage testers

Volt-ohm meters VOM

Volt meters

Vibration analysis equipment

Utility trucks

All Tools

Utility trailers

Tower cranes

Torque multipliers

Tap sets

Survey transits

Straight screwdrivers

Soldering tools

Sledgehammers

Shackles

Safety line evacuation kits

Safety lanyards

Safety glasses

Rigging equipment

Recording anemometers

Ratchet sets

Protective face shields

Protective ear muffs

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Precision files

Portable gas-powered generators

Phillips head screwdrivers

Phase rotation meters

Personal computers

Optical levels

Oil brushes

Mobile radios

Megohmmeters

Measuring tapes

Manual torque wrenches

Lubricant oil sampling kits

Long nose pliers

Laptop computers

Insulated wire cutters

Insulated gloves

Infrared thermography cameras

Inductive probes

Hydraulic torque machines

Hotsticks

High-rate load testers

Hard hats

Handheld global positioning system GPS units

Handheld calculators

Hand punches

Hacksaws

Ground resistance testers

Function generators

Flame retardant coveralls

Field forklifts

Fiber optic visual fault locators

Fall arrest systems

Electronic watt meters

Electric winches

Distance measuring wheels

Digital still cameras

Digital oscilloscopes

Digital multimeters

Digital micrometers

Digital hydrometers

Digital dynamometers

Digital calipers

Crescent wrenches

Crane attachments

Cordless drills

Conventional watt meters

Claw hammers

Breaker bars

Amp clamp meters

Alternating current AC power analyzers

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Acid brushes

Technologies

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Word

SAP

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

All 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

Skills

Troubleshooting

Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Repairing

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

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.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Coordination

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.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Mechanical

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.

Physics

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.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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