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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 central office, the job often includes travel out to the field. These technicians maintain wind field substations, underground transmission systems as well as the fiber optic sensing control systems. A wind turbine technician may also be involved with building new turbines.

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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.

  • 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


Offshore Wind Power Technician Certificate

Bristol Community College
Fall River (0.0 Miles)

Advanced Renewable Energy Systems Certificate

New Mexico State University - Alamogordo
Alamogordo (0.0 Miles)

Energy Technology - Renewable Energy Advanced Certificate of Achievement

Henry Ford College
Dearborn (0.0 Miles)

Alternative Energy Technology Solar/Wind Energy Installation and Service, Certificate

Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown (0.0 Miles)
Triton College

Renewable Energy Technology, Certificate

Triton College
River Grove (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Systems Technology, A.A.S.

New Mexico State University - Alamogordo
Alamogordo (0.0 Miles)

Sustainable Renewable and Alternative Energy Diploma

Albany Technical College
Albany (0.0 Miles)

Alternative Energy

Missouri State University - West Plains
West Plains (0.0 Miles)

Energy Technology, A.A.S.

Central Community College
Grand Island (0.0 Miles)

Sustainable Energy Technology Certificate

Luzerne County Community College
Nanticoke (0.0 Miles)

Energy Technology Diploma

Central Community College
Grand Island (0.0 Miles)

Engineering Technology-Alternative Energy Option, A.S.

Gulf Coast State College
Panama City (0.0 Miles)

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