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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!
Most graduates of our Wind Technician training start out working as entry-level technicians or in other entry-level roles. As with any industry, over time, you may be able to advance in your career with hard work. Some entry-level and advanced roles could
Wind turbine technician: The most common entry-level role to pursue in the field, 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 that need replacement. This is often done several hundreds of feet in the air while wearing a safety 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 manages the process and workflow. They also assist with the actual installation of wind turbines.
Field service technician: Wind field service technicians can be found where giant wind turbines operate. Responsibilities of wind field service technicians include installation, maintenance and repair, inspection, testing, troubleshooting, and gathering data. Field service technicians may need to travel extensively on installation projects. This exciting field can literally take you to new heights when you climb hundreds of feet in the air to work on wind turbine technology!
Troubleshooting technician: Troubleshooting technicians often perform many of the same tasks as wind turbine technicians. But they may focus on investigating why a wind turbine isn’t functioning properly, fixing the problem or recommending a solution. Troubleshooting involves looking at electrical, hydraulic and mechanical components of wind turbines from hundreds of feet in the air.
LOTO I & II specialist: LOTO is short for “lockout/tagout,” which are specific practices and procedures used to safeguard employees in the wind energy industry from experiencing injuries due to unexpected energization or startup of machinery.
Wind farm support specialist (quality control): Wind farm support specialists, or quality control specialists, guarantee that all repairs and component swaps on wind turbines are being completed according to the standard of the customer. They climb wind turbine towers during or near the end of repairs to ensure that the fix meets standards set by the customer and service team. They inspect parts, keep a clean and organized workspace, document safety hazards, technician procedures, and work completion.
Research and development: It’s crucial for wind energy manufacturers to invest in new technologies and processes to make turbines more powerful, efficient and reliable. Those in research and development roles focus on the design and development of wind turbines. They also work in testing, production, and maintenance and have the potential to supervise production in factories. While troubleshooting design and component issues, they also estimate cost and time and analyze how to make production more efficient.
Electrical engineer: Electrical engineers in the wind industry are responsible for the design, development, testing and supervision of the manufacturing of turbines’ electrical components. These components include electric motors, machinery controls, lighting and wiring, generators, communications systems and electricity transmission systems.
Environmental engineer: Environmental engineers contribute to the wind energy industry by assessing and minimizing the potential environmental impacts of wind farms. While wind power is an environmentally friendly source of power, there are still concerns to consider, such as noise, visual impact, impact on local species, and interference with radar and telecommunications.
Materials engineer: People in this role help develop, process and test materials used to construct wind turbines. Wind turbines are complex pieces of machinery that consist of thousands of parts, and each must be designed to exact specifications to withstand varying levels of stress. Material engineers most commonly work with metals, ceramics, plastics, semiconductors, and composites that meet mechanical and electrical requirements.
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.
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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.
77) UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI and MIAT prepare graduates for entry-level careers using the provided training. Graduates’ achievements may vary. Some graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than those listed.
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