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Students in the Wind Turbine Technician training program learn everything from advanced electrical theory to renewable energy sources, wind turbine operation, and climb and rescue.

Wind Turbine Technician Career Outlook

Ever wondered about joining the young, vibrant industry that is wind power? If you like a thrill, are seeking hands-on training, aren’t afraid of heights and enjoy traveling, this could be a great career path for you.1

The demand for wind technicians is growing — employment is projected to grow 44% from 2021 to 2031 according to a report from the Bureau Labor of Statistics, meaning the demand for wind turbine technicians is real.63

Wind Turbine Industry Overview

Wind technicians install, maintain and repair the three major components of the turbine — the generator, the driveline components and blades — on a regular basis. This is done by entering the turbine through the base of the tower and climbing a ladder or riding an elevator up through the tower shaft. Depending on the task at hand, wind turbine technicians may be suspended hundreds of feet in the air!

Wind Turbine Careers

Graduates of our Wind Technician training could go on to become wind power technicians, but there are other roles in the field they can pursue.1 Here are some career paths that could be pursued with the right skills and training:

Wind Turbine Technician

The most common entry-level career path to pursue, wind turbine technicians maintain and diagnose wind turbines by cleaning, lubricating and testing major components of the turbine (generator, driveline components and blades) to determine parts needing replacement. This is done several hundreds of feet in the air while wearing a harness.

Installation Technician

As you might have noticed, wind turbines are large machines that require several factors for installation, including heavy machinery, excavation, planning and more. An installation technician would manage the process and workflow, as well as assist in the actual installation of wind turbines.

Control Room Operator

The most important responsibility as a control room operator in the wind power field is making sure safety procedures are in place. Beyond that, the operator manages site installations, repairs and maintenance and provides customer support.

Electrical Technician

Technicians who have the desire to work with high-voltage equipment, in an already extreme work environment, can show their level of commitment to safety and following protocol. Learning the basic skills in a trade school for this field could help you along the path to handling megawatts of power.

Traveling Wind Technician

A traveling wind technician performs all the same duties as a wind turbine technician, just on the move. They may be called to locations throughout the country to perform maintenance, diagnosis and repairs.

Composite Repair

Composite repair technicians assess, plan and perform composite repairs. They perform standard repairs, like fiberglass repairs on wind turbine blades and more.

Commissioning Wind Tech

Usually a more senior position for an experienced technician, commissioning wind techs edit and author designs as well as inspect and troubleshoot the wind turbine while it is being built and turned over to the customer for readiness.

 

Beyond the jobs listed above, graduates of the Wind Technician training program could pursue careers in service, manufacturing, construction, electrical, commissioning and even sales.1

MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY OF A WIND TURBINE TECHNICIAN

If you’re wondering how much you might earn as a wind turbine technician, you’ve come to the right place!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for wind power technicians in the United States was $56,260 in May 2021.61 That means half of wind turbine technicians earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.

Of the states with salary data available, here are the top 10 median annual salaries for wind turbine technicians, as reported by the BLS in May 2021.*

*Not entry-level and is dependent on factors like experience, location, and employer compensation.

Rank State Annual Median Wage
1 Pennsylvania $112,390
2 Colorado $72,480
3 Illinois $63,640
4 New Mexico $63,170
5 Minnesota $62,890
6 Washington $62,860
7 California $62,390
8 New York $61,370
9 Iowa $60,460
10 Oregon $60,190

WIND TECHNICIAN TRAINING WITH UTI

Training in our Wind Technician program means hands-on learning in our labs with supportive instructors as students go through a curriculum built with help from industry experts, and our industry relationships mean they can train on actual equipment used in the field.18 In less than a year, you could be trained and prepared to enter the wind industry. To get started, fill out the form below.