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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 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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 technicians assess, plan and perform composite repairs. They perform standard repairs, like fiberglass repairs on wind turbine blades and more.
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
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.
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.
1) UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures for UTI and www.miat.edu/disclosures for MIAT.
18) UTI now offers all of its automotive, diesel, motorcycle and marine technician training in a blended learning format consisting of online lecture courses along with in-person, hands-on lab training.
61) The Wind Technician training program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as wind power technicians. Estimated annual salary is for Wind Turbine Service Technicians as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for graduates. UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary. Graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as wind power technicians, such as installation technicians and field service technicians. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is available at https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#. Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled wind turbine technicians in North Carolina is $28.46 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages, Wind Turbine Service Technicians). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $28.45 and $22.42, respectively.
63) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Wind Turbine Technicians, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/wind-turbine-technicians.htm. BLS projects total employment will increase from 11,100 in 2021 to 16,100 in 2031. UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary. For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures for UTI and www.miat.edu/disclosures for MIAT.
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