Wind Turbine Service Technician

Energy Technician, Field Service Technician, Lead Technician, Maintenance Technician, Mechanic   More Names
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Description

Wind turbine service technicians or wind techs are responsible for both regular maintenance and performing complicated repairs of wind turbines. Regular service and maintenance includes oil changes and gearbox lubrication. More complicated repairs include adjusting electrical or electronic equipment and repairing any non-working mechanical devices. Wind techs also help with the construction and installation of wind turbines.

Wind techs should be able to understand manuals, blueprints, schematics, and diagrams so that they can troubleshoot any electrical, mechanical, or hydraulic malfunctions. They document all work performed on computer-based reporting programs and maintain a detailed parts list. Wind turbine service technicians use a variety of tools, including computers, cordless drills, grease guns, harnesses, hammers, multimeter testing kits, torque wrenches, welding equipment, and wire cutters.See more 

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
108% - Much faster than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $43,590 - $62,720    Hourly: $21 - $30
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Wind techs work in a variety of settings, such as desert and mountainous regions, as well as manufacturing and power industry facilities. Regardless of the setting, most wind turbine service technicians work outside in all types of weather conditions. Their work consists of climbing wind towers at heights greater than 100 feet, lifting heavy tools and equipment, and working in cramped quarters at the top of towers.

Some towers may require that wind turbine service technicians and their equipment be air-lifted by helicopters. Wind turbine service technicians must be in good physical condition. They may risk suffering injuries from tools or falls; however, risks are usually minimized by following proper safety procedures. These technicians generally work a standard 40-hour week or a rotation-shift schedule. Wind turbine service technicians may also travel extensively due to a shortage of experienced technicians.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

108% - Much faster than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $43,590 - $62,720

Hourly: $21 - $30