Wind Turbine Technician Careers & Job Opportunities

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Wind Turbine Technician Careers & Job Opportunities

Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing energy sources in the world. The Global Wind Turbine Market is forecasted to reach a valuation of USD 107.1 billion by 2032. In the U.S wind energy currently supplies 10% of all the electricity and in Canada 5%. 

There are a number of factors driving this growth.

  • Increased concern about climate change has prompted governments and businesses to invest in renewable energy sources like wind.
  • Technological advancements in wind turbines are increasing the energy yield
  • The cost of wind turbines is decreasing

With over 140,000 wind turbine technicians employed in the U.S.  the number is expected to more than double within the next decade. A skilled workforce of wind technicians will be required for the construction, installation (C&I), operation and maintenance of wind farms.

Wind technicians, commonly referred to as windtechs, play a crucial role in the maintenance and repair of wind turbines. Below is a summarized windtechs role within the three major components of a wind turbine: the tower, the nacelle, and the blades.

Tower: Windtechs inspect towers for structural issues and perform maintenance tasks.

Nacelle: Windtechs focus on maintaining and repairing components within the nacelle, such as inspecting and lubricating mechanical parts, troubleshooting electrical systems, replacing faulty components, and conducting safety checks.

Blades: While not the primary focus, windtechs inspect blades for damage or erosion, perform repairs or replacements as necessary, and balance blades to optimize performance.

People trained in the Wind Turbine sector work in a variety of jobs with many different titles, including:

  • Wind Turbine Technician
  • Wind Energy Technician
  • Wind Turbine Repair Technician
  • Wind Turbine Service Technician
  • Blade Repair Technician

Wind turbine technicians typically perform the following tasks:

  • Inspect the exterior and physical integrity of wind turbine blades and towers
  • Climb wind turbine towers to inspect or repair wind turbine equipment
  • Perform routine maintenance on wind turbines
  • Test and troubleshoot electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic components and systems
  • Replace worn or malfunctioning components
  • Collect turbine data for testing or research and analysis
  • Service underground transmission systems, wind farm substations, or fiber optic sensing and control systems

Wind Turbine Salary

The average salary for Turbine Technicians in the United States is $69,397.

Average salary