Not everyone is cut out to be a Wind Energy Technician…
Turbines are very complex, made up of many different components. Failure of any single component would require a shut-down of the entire machine until the problem is fixed. To prevent these shut-downs, the turbines must be inspected and cared for regularly to ensure properly working mechanisms and machine safety.
Duties of a Wind Tech
Typical duties for a wind energy technician include scheduling maintenance and inspections on turbines, conducting inspections, cleaning and lubricating machinery parts and gears, troubleshooting generator issues, and ordering replacement parts. Technicians must be agile with their hands in order to use tools inside the nacelle, which is a compact space. Sometimes work can be performed indoors, other times the technician will need to climb hundreds of feet in the air to work on top of the nacelle to repair wind speed or directional instruments. For this reason, safety is vital to this career, and technicians must have a strict adherence to safety procedures.
Challenging for Both Mind and Body
In addition to being comfortable working high above the ground, technicians should also be physically fit. Each day, a wind tech may climb the inner staircases of several turbines while carrying heavy gear; their legs must be able to handle the climbing and their shoulders should be strong enough to support a load-bearing harness. Techs also need to be comfortable working in confined spaces.
Technical knowledge required for wind energy technician careers includes understanding how machines, turbines, and electricity work. Attention to detail is important, as techs typically keep track of maintenance schedules for many turbines. They must also be methodical in following safety procedures.
Since it is a new field, data is not yet available regarding the job outlook for wind technicians. However, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics states that “growth in the wind energy industry is evidenced by the rapid increase in wind-generating capacity over the past several years.” It also stated, “Industry sources report that there is currently a shortage of trained wind techs. Because many different companies are competing to hire these workers, the most experienced wind techs can command relatively high salaries.”
Potential job titles for graduates of the Herzing University wind energy technology program include wind energy technician, wind turbine tech, and alternative energy technician.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/green/wind_energy/.
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