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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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$ 38,000 - $ 80,000
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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)
A Day In the Life
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Charlie Tran, wind turbine technician ambassador, on top of a wind turbine
A Day In the Life

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.

Job 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.

Licensing + Certification: A license is not required to become a wind turbine technician, but certification is recommended. Find out more about how to become a wind turbine technician.

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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Alternative Energy

Missouri State University - West Plains
West Plains (214.6 Miles)

Renewable Energy Technology, A.A.S

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs (289.0 Miles)

Wind Turbine Technician Diploma

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs (289.0 Miles)
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Energy Technology, A.A.S.

Central Community College
Grand Island (300.3 Miles)
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Energy Technology Diploma

Central Community College
Grand Island (300.3 Miles)
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Wind Power Certificate

Central Community College
Grand Island (300.3 Miles)

Renewable Energy Technology Certificate

Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth (313.7 Miles)

Renewable Energy Management Certificate

Lake Land College
Mattoon (428.9 Miles)

Renewable Energy, A.A.S.

Lake Land College
Mattoon (428.9 Miles)

Renewable Energy Skills Certificate

Heartland Community College
Normal (431.9 Miles)

Industrial Technology, A.A.S.

Clovis Community College (NM)
Clovis (457.0 Miles)

Industrial Technology Certificate of Achievement

Clovis Community College (NM)
Clovis (457.0 Miles)

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