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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 $
54,000
Jobs Available
200+
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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Wind Turbine Technician Diploma

Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy, A.A.S.

Lake Land College
Mattoon (0.0 Miles)

Renewable Energy Management Certificate

Lake Land College
Mattoon (0.0 Miles)

Wind Energy, A.A.S.

Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne (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)

Engineering Technology (Electro-Mechanical with Green Energy Concentration), A.S.

Bristol Community College
Fall River (0.0 Miles)

Energy Technical Specialist, A.A.S

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

Engineering Technology (Offshore Wind Power Technology), A.S.

Bristol Community College
Fall River (0.0 Miles)

Wind Turbine Technology, A.A.S.

Delta College
University Center (0.0 Miles)

Energy Technology - Industrial Wind Technology Technical Certificate

Ivy Tech Community College
Indianapolis (0.0 Miles)
Triton College

Renewable Energy Technology, A.A.S.

Triton College
River Grove (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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Wind Technician 1

Pattern Energy
Texico ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months ago

Technical Intern - NEER (Crowned Ridge Wind)

NextEra Energy, Inc
Watertown ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Service Technician - Milligan, Ne.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Titusville ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Wind Technician III - Alexander, KS

Vestas
Alexander ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months ago

Field Service Power Generation Technician

Cummins
Manassas ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Wind Energy Field Specialist - Travel Technician - Blades

General Electric
Schenectady ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Wind Technician III - Northern Divide

NextEra Energy, Inc
Columbus ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Wind Farm Technician-Radford's Run-All Levels

RWE
Maroa ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 weeks 2 days ago