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What Does a Wind Turbine Technician Do?

If you want your career to take you to new heights, this job literally delivers. A wind turbine technician — also called a wind turbine service technician — installs, inspects, maintains, operates and repairs wind turbines that generate electricity. Technicians are able to diagnose and fix problems with malfunctioning components. Wind turbine technicians are also responsible for gathering data.

Because wind turbines are monitored from a 24-hour, remote central office, the job can include on-call travel out to the field when issues arise.

These technicians maintain wind turbines, substations, underground transmission systems as well as the fiber optic sensing control systems. A wind turbine technician may also be involved with construction of new turbines.

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Median Salary $
53,000
Jobs Available
1,340+
Wind turbine technicians inspect a turbine at a wind farm
A typical day for a wind technician is spent outside, since that’s where ‘the office’ is. (Credit: Jacques Tarnero/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Install new wind turbine equipment
  • Repair and troubleshoot inoperable or worn equipment, including working in confined spaces inside or around the tower
  • Climb towers to inspect, troubleshoot or repair equipment
  • Collect turbine data for testing and analysis
  • Perform routine maintenance
  • Test electrical components and mechanical and hydraulic systems
Education + Training

Many wind turbine technicians attend technical school to learn the profession. Technicians can also earn an associate degree through a community college, where they typically complete a certificate in wind energy technology. They receive more than 12 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.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Are able to climb ladder systems, often 260 feet high
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have excellent mechanical skills
  • Possess the physical strength to lift heavy equipment

Wind Turbine Technician training in your area

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Renewable Energy Skills Certificate

Heartland Community College
Normal (0.0 Miles)
Triton College

Renewable Energy Technology, Certificate

Triton College
River Grove (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Technology, A.A.S

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy, A.A.S.

Lake Land College
Mattoon (0.0 Miles)

Wind Turbine Technician Diploma

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Management Certificate

Lake Land College
Mattoon (0.0 Miles)

Energy Systems, A.A.S.

Navajo Technical University
Crownpoint (0.0 Miles)

Energy Technical Specialist, A.A.S

South Central College
North Mankato (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Certificate

Madison Area Technical College
Madison (0.0 Miles)

Wind Energy, A.A.S.

Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne (0.0 Miles)

Energy Technical Specialist, A.A.S

St. Cloud Technical and Community College
St Cloud (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Specializaiton, A.A.S.

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Charlie Tran
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Charlie Tran, wind turbine technician ambassador, on top of a wind turbine
Meet Ambassador
Charlie Tran

Some people know what career path they'll take — but many people don't. Charlie Tran knows what that feels like.

"As a kid, I always liked to take stuff apart and knew I was always mechanically minded, but I couldn’t pick a career," says Charlie.

But then he got a random email about the fastest growing jobs in the United States. He clicked on it and discovered the opportunities in wind energy. 

"It matched everything I had always liked doing — being outdoors, seeing new places and maintaining things."

Not everyone's "aha" moment works this way, but Charlie's story is an example of serendipity that every career seeker should read.

Find Wind Turbine Technician Jobs in Your Area

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