Wind Energy Project Manager

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Description

Wind energy project managers oversee the day-to-day functioning of wind energy farms while they are being built. They also help engineers plan, build, and start new energy farms. However, they focus less on technical items about the turbines or wind shear. Instead, they focus on how big the farm will be, assigning tasks, determining schedules and costs, and setting goals and deadlines.

Project managers must have a solid knowledge of wind energy. They need to understand the needs of engineers and technicians. However, what project managers need most of all are organizational skills and an eye for details. Scientific knowledge is helpful, but an educational background in planning and administration is essential.

When constructing a wind energy farm, project managers look at potential sites. They read environmental studies and civil engineering surveys. This helps them find the best place to build. They review bids from different contractors to see what companies offer the best services for the best price. Project managers coordinate all construction activities. They oversee the different contractors who work to transport and build the turbines and substations. They review contracts and budgets to contain costs. To ensure the quality of work complies with laws and regulations, they review documents and make regular inspections. They also make sure the proper permits are obtained.

Project managers also negotiate tax agreements and contracts. Because wind energy farms are usually located on large amounts of land or in the sea, project managers may have to work with private owners as well as local and state governments to negotiate the use of land and air.

These managers provide status reports during the building process. If needed, they make changes to forecasts, budgets and schedules.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
4% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $75,710 - $137,220    Hourly: $36 - $66
Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Many managers work from a main office, but most work out of a field office at the construction site where they monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities. For those who manage multiple projects, frequent travel may be common

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

Bachelor's Degree (High School + 4 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

4% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $75,710 - $137,220

Hourly: $36 - $66