Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbine Technicians 

In this blog, we are re-posting content from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (energy.gov). This article, entitled “Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbine Technicians” offers critical insight into one of the fastest growing industries and job markets in North America. Though the original article was written from a strictly American perspective, our re-write keeps in view EPiK Energy’s position as a Canadian company within the wider North American renewable energy industry. We’ve added more links below where necessary to accommodate the broader viewpoint.

Also, see another Canadian resource about becoming a wind turbine technician here: https://ca.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/how-to-become-wind-turbine-technician

Interested in Extreme Work?

Like many extreme sports that utilize wind, such as skydiving and paragliding, being a wind turbine technician offers an adventurous environment in the wind every day.

Are you looking for a job where you hover hundreds of feet in the air on an average work day? Then being a wind technician may be just for you.

In recent years, this unique occupation has been among the fastest growing occupations across North America, and it is only expected to grow more as the demand for renewable energy increases.

So, what exactly is a wind turbine technician? How do you become one? What skills and training do you need?

The information below should help you get started.

What is a Wind Turbine Technician?

Also known as a windtech, a wind turbine technician installs, inspects, maintains, operates, and repairs wind turbines. They are able to diagnose and fix any problem that could cause the turbine to shut down unexpectedly.

The median annual wage of a windtech is currently about $60,000, but salaries can reach more than $80,000, based on experience and training.

A few of the job duties include: inspecting the exterior of the towers; climbing the towers to troubleshoot or repair equipment; collecting turbine data for testing and analysis; performing routine maintenance; testing electrical components, systems, and mechanical and hydraulic systems; and replacing worn out or malfunctioning components.

See for yourself.

Work Environment

If you have a fear of heights or small spaces, this might not be the job for you.

Technicians do most of their work in the nacelle, which is the streamlined, body-sized cavity of the turbine where sensitive electronics are housed. Since the nacelles are built compactly, technicians must be comfortable working in confined spaces.

In addition, they also work on top of the nacelles, where they might have to replace instruments that measure wind speed and direction, or work with large cranes. To do this, they are standing literally almost 100 meters in the air. To protect them, they wear full-body harnesses that are attached to the nacelle.

Job Skills

Wind techs must be able to use mechanical skills and be capable of climbing ladder systems, often 80 meters high, to heights of the turbine nacelle. During this climb they bring tools and equipment that can weigh more than 20 kilograms, and in most cases, use climb-assist equipment to get up the turbine quicker. They must always exercise good judgement and be able to document their findings.

Education

Most wind techs learn their trade by attending technical schools. Associates degree programs for wind turbine technicians usually take two years and are offered at technical schools and community colleges.

Internships and Apprenticeships

Wind techs receive more than twelve months of on-the-job training, in addition to coursework. Part of this may be an internship with a wind turbine servicing contractor.

Apprenticeships are another option offered by unions and individual contractors. Depending on program standards, apprentices usually need to have a certain amount of hours of related technical instruction and a certain amount of paid on-the-job training. These apprenticeships focus on safety, first aid, CPR, electrical, hydraulic and mechanical system maintenance, and more.

To enter an apprenticeship program, candidates are usually required to be at least 18 years of age, with a high school diploma and one year of high school or equivalent Algebra with at least a C average, in addition to being physically and mentally able.

Ready to work with wind?

Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbine Technicians 

In this blog, we are re-posting content from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (energy.gov). This article, entitled “Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbine Technicians” offers critical insight into one of the fastest growing industries and job markets in North America. Though the original article was written from a strictly American perspective, our re-write keeps in view EPiK Energy’s position as a Canadian company within the wider North American renewable energy industry. We’ve added more links below where necessary to accommodate the broader viewpoint.

Also, see another Canadian resource about becoming a wind turbine technician here: https://ca.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/how-to-become-wind-turbine-technician

Interested in Extreme Work?

Like many extreme sports that utilize wind, such as skydiving and paragliding, being a wind turbine technician offers an adventurous environment in the wind every day.

Are you looking for a job where you hover hundreds of feet in the air on an average work day? Then being a wind technician may be just for you.

In recent years, this unique occupation has been among the fastest growing occupations across North America, and it is only expected to grow more as the demand for renewable energy increases.

So, what exactly is a wind turbine technician? How do you become one? What skills and training do you need?

The information below should help you get started.

What is a Wind Turbine Technician?

Also known as a windtech, a wind turbine technician installs, inspects, maintains, operates, and repairs wind turbines. They are able to diagnose and fix any problem that could cause the turbine to shut down unexpectedly.

The median annual wage of a windtech is currently about $60,000, but salaries can reach more than $80,000, based on experience and training.

A few of the job duties include: inspecting the exterior of the towers; climbing the towers to troubleshoot or repair equipment; collecting turbine data for testing and analysis; performing routine maintenance; testing electrical components, systems, and mechanical and hydraulic systems; and replacing worn out or malfunctioning components.

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Work Environment

If you have a fear of heights or small spaces, this might not be the job for you.

Technicians do most of their work in the nacelle, which is the streamlined, body-sized cavity of the turbine where sensitive electronics are housed. Since the nacelles are built compactly, technicians must be comfortable working in confined spaces.

In addition, they also work on top of the nacelles, where they might have to replace instruments that measure wind speed and direction, or work with large cranes. To do this, they are standing literally almost 100 meters in the air. To protect them, they wear full-body harnesses that are attached to the nacelle.

Job Skills

Windtechs must be able to use mechanical skills and be capable of climbing ladder systems, often 80 meters high, to heights of the turbine nacelle. During this climb they bring tools and equipment that can weigh more than 20 kilograms, and in most cases, use climb-assist equipment to get up the turbine quicker. They must always exercise good judgement and be able to document their findings.

Education

Most windtechs learn their trade by attending technical schools. Associates degree programs for wind turbine technicians usually take two years and are offered at technical schools and community colleges.

Internships and Apprenticeships

Windtechs receive more than twelve months of on-the-job training, in addition to coursework. Part of this may be an internship with a wind turbine servicing contractor.

Apprenticeships are another option offered by unions and individual contractors. Depending on program standards, apprentices usually need to have a certain amount of hours of related technical instruction and a certain amount of paid on-the-job training. These apprenticeships focus on safety, first aid, CPR, electrical, hydraulic and mechanical system maintenance, and more.

To enter an apprenticeship program, candidates are usually required to be at least 18 years of age, with a high school diploma and one year of high school or equivalent Algebra with at least a C average, in addition to being physically and mentally able.

Ready to work with wind?