How to Become a Wind Turbine Technician

If you want to become a wind turbine technician, there is good news and bad news. The good news is this field is growing by leaps and bounds, so you should have no problem finding a job (especially in certain states well-known for developing wind turbine facilities). The bad news is you will need substantial training to understand all aspects of the technology and safely carry out the job of a wind turbine technician.

Yet, there is even more good news: most wind turbine technicians are partially trained on the job. This means employers have an immediate need for new technicians, acknowledge that the field requires substantial training, and are willing to offer training on the job to qualified job applicants. Most new technicians will not be completely trained on the job, but you do not have to graduate from a four-year degree program or get your master’s degree to work in this fast growing field.

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Wind Turbine Technician Training

The first step to becoming a wind turbine technician is to enroll in a two-year program offering an associate degree in applied sciences. Make sure the program you select is oriented toward training wind turbine technicians, and that it is a reputable community college with well-trained teachers knowledgeable in this field. Not every community college is offering this type of program at this time, but programs are expanding quickly throughout the country.

A two-year program in wind turbine technology will give an introductory understanding of the technology behind wind turbines. It will also teach the basic skills needed to keep up with routine maintenance on wind turbines. Wind economics is also covered in the best programs so students have a full understanding of how wind turbines function, and why they are able to produce green energy in such an effective manner.

A good program will also teach basic safety skills that are needed when working around wind turbines. Further safety knowledge will be obtained on the job, since there can be some differences depending on where you are employed and what type of facility you are working inside.

Mechanical Abilities

If you want to become a wind turbine technician, it will help if you have great mechanical abilities. If you are generally good with your hands or have experience in auto mechanics or other fields that require assembling mechanical equipment or making repairs, you could be well suited to the position of wind turbine technician. Mechanical abilities are not a prerequisite to entering a training program or securing a job, but they are essential if you are to become well-trained in the field.

During your training program, you will learn how to build a wind turbine from basic parts. This is how you learn all of the mechanical parts of the turbine and understand fully how it works. This is the foundation of knowledge needed to fix problems with turbines on the job. It is also the beginning to learning all of the required maintenance duties involved.

Job Availability

Before you sign up for a training program in this field, it is a good idea to do some research. You want to determine if there are ample jobs in the field available where you live, or if you might be required to relocate in order to secure a job. While the field is growing rapidly and most states have some wind turbines in operation, some states are far more active in the industry than others. As more companies make use of the technology, there will be more job opportunities for entry-level technicians opening up.

If you find that there are opportunities for wind turbine technicians in your local area or a state which you would like to relocate to, then seek out a good training program offering an associate degree in applied sciences for wind turbine technicians. You can start searching for job opportunities after completing the first year of training, since many companies will consider applicants still in school. Many others will require you to complete your basic training before being hired, but it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye open for all opportunities while you are in school.

Wind Turbine Technology and Future Opportunities

Today, wind turbines are appearing all over the country. You can see them stretching into the skyline of big cities as well as erected out in the countryside of smaller towns and rural areas. They are providing much-needed natural, sustainable energy that will help make the earth a healthier, more cost efficient place to live in the future.

Right now there are jobs opening up in wind turbine plants around the country, but there is an expected trend for the future that will make these jobs even more plentiful. Off-shore wind turbines are expected to be erected rapidly in years to come, so wind turbine technicians trained to work off-shore will be in hot demand. Those technicians currently working in on-shore wind turbine facilities will have some of the experience and training required to take more lucrative off-shore jobs as they open up in the future.

In March 2012, it was announced that five states in the Great Lakes region will be pushing to get off-shore wind farming underway as quickly as possible. Working with President Obama, the states aim to start wind farming in the Great Lakes in the near future. There are other states also pushing to speed up the approval of off-shore wind turbines, including New York and Michigan.

If you are intrigued by the idea of starting a career as a wind turbine technician and are interested in working in an off-shore facility, the best thing you can do is get through your basic training program and enter the field through an on-shore facility. You may also consider going back to school for your bachelor degree in a field related to the technology and science behind wind turbines. There are some states that have already been cleared to start off-shore initiatives, so you may consider finding opportunities in those states and relocating.

79 thoughts on “How to Become a Wind Turbine Technician”

    1. Angela where you live? In Europe there’s a lot of wind turbine “service (maintenance)” companies that provide the correct training to work in the field, the manufacturing companies “that build the machine” now not so often provide the training for their technicians, they usually hire someone with some experience and tell them the differences between the turbine they worked before and the one they’ll work now… I know that because I used to work in the field but just assembling the turbines for a private contractor, now I’m trying to move to service cause for me it’s a better job. If you need something else ask.

      1. Hello Marcelo,

        I am very much interested in being a Wind Turbine technician. I have a bachelor of engineering in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from India. I also have a work experience of 2-1/2 years in Projects for Paint Shop. But being a part of Wind Power Energy has been a long time passion.

        Could you please guide me as to how I can be a Wind turbine technician. Presently I am in Sharjah, UAE, working as a Technical Support Engineer in the field of Instrumentation.

        1. Check out Gamesa. They are very big in India and they are probably in need of technicians. Their fastest growing markets are India and Mexico, so I’d say give it a shot.

    2. Maersk training in newcastle uk are doing a diploma course for 12 weeks on safe practices in the wind turbine industry also all gwos. i have just completed the course myself and job offers are coming.

      1. Paul,I too have recently completed a wind turbine technician course… But I’m finding that all companies are asking for experience… Have you found any companies will to take on newly qualified techs out there.

  1. If your looking for trainning to become a wind technician MIAT College of technology has a great program that will educate and train you in every thing you need to be a successful wind tech

  2. My local community college offers a certificate program for windmill technology. Is that okay or should I go to the next school over who has a degree program for the same field?

  3. I’m a plumber in Scotland and want a job as a wind turbine technician. every job that comes up in my area they are looking for qualified mechanics or electricians. this has put me off applying. any advice or am I wasting my time trying to get into this industry?

  4. You don’t have to go to a 2 year program. In fact there is some programs that have a better employment rate after graduation than certain 2 year degree programs. That is because this industry is smart enough to look at a person competence. A school like Kalamazoo Valley Community Colleges Wind Turbine Technician Academy holds the most prestigious accreditation in the united states for training its technicians. More than half of their last graduating class already had jobs before they graduated and some already were pursuing positive job offers. This school has taken things out like humanities and physical education and replaced it with things that pertain to the industry. Its very arguable to say this is a physically demanding job, which is why they require you to do a climb test, perform rescues, and participate in field service trips on live turbines that are on the grid. No other school runs an operations and maintenance program. This school teaches competence.

    1. Hi I am current military and have 2 years remaining only exsperience I have mechanical wise is with cars, would I need to go to like MIT and take a 2 year course to be on the level of going to the school you mentioned? Or would I be able to jump into that school once I get out?

      1. Im ex military john and if you just want to get your foot in the door then go for the 12 week diploma course at Maersk training. ive just completed it and im getting e-mails and phone calls every day for jobs.

        1. Hello Paul I’m starting the Mearsk course next week I just wanted to ask you if u had to do any other training after you completed the course to get the job offers you qeee talking about Amy advice would be appreciated

  5. I am a veteran and have a bachelors in business administration. I am 42 and am considering taking the wind tech certificate program. I am unmarried and love to travel, and just want to try something adventurous and new. I also want to make the most salary I possibly can. Does this career sound like it would work for me? Basic fear is I am too old to start a career such as this, and the fact I have no skilled labor experience, and no mechanical or electrical background at all. The VA will pay for the school, so I am very inclined to “go for it” – but would like some thoughts from others as well. Thank in advance! Jake

      1. Hi Negoc, I am 39 and Mechanical Engineer, I would like to take the wind tech certificate program, Could you give me some advice?
        Thank in advance.

      2. Yes I work as a field service specialist, for a large oil company, I am currently still employed but not sure for how long with market. I have a mechanical background, can read electrical drawings, used to working outside for long hours. I am interested in becoming a wind turbine technician, onshore or off shore. How do I get my foot in the door?

  6. Hi there I’d like to train/work as a wind turbine tech. I currently live in London but am keen to move to Germany to do this. If anyone could tell me some companies that do this it’s be greatly appreciated!
    Michael

    1. Hey Michael. I just came across your message. Im from Turkey and trying to move to Germany. Have you done any progress with your aim?

  7. I’m a maintenance tech at a factory sized machine shop and have always had tools in my hands from as early as I can remember. I have all the basic mechanical skills and am an intuitive mechanic. I do need to learn more about hydraulics and the electrical aspects of wind power generation. My employer makes parts for the fracking industry. This bothers me tremendously as I abhor the fossil fuels industry and our country’s addiction to these fuels. I am near retirement age but I don’t see me slowing down any time soon. I’m in great physical shape and would have no problem climbing a 300 ft ladder. Give me the challenges. Teach me. I’m more than half way there already, have the wisdoms of my age and, I’m looking for work in the alternative energy field. Please respond.

  8. I’m looking to buy some land in Nevada. How can I go about getting wind turbines on my property that companies want to put there and use my land?

  9. I am greatly interested in becoming a wind turbine tech but where do i start?? I also want to get started asap in the 2 year programme that has been mentioned on this site (windturbinetechnicians.net) any information appreciated

  10. Go to ecotech institute in aurora Colorado its 15g a year for two years and they have a 90 percent job placement its alot of math but well worth it in the end.

  11. Hello

    I am very much interested in being a Wind Turbine technician. I have a bachelor of engineering in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from India. I also have a work experience of 2-1/2 years in Projects for Paint Shop. But being a part of Wind Power Energy has been a long time passion.

    Could you please guide me as to how I can be a Wind turbine technician. Presently I am in Sharjah, UAE, working as a Technical Support Engineer in the field of Instrumentation.

  12. I am intresting in being aWind Tutbine Technician.I was part of the erction team to erect nine 27MW Wind Turbines in the Eastren Cape (South Africa) as a Safety Maneger.I also done a trade in the mecanica field (Fitter and Turner).Could you please assist me as to what I must do to be a quilified Wind Turbine Technician

    1. Hi team. Im am a qualified high voltage electrician in the supply industry in New Zealand. On a recent visit to Germany to visit my girlfriend and a bit of a look into possible work opportunies if I were to move there. I took a strong interest in wind turbine maintanace as there were a lot of windfarms scattered across the country. Can I get any info on how a New Zealander with my qualifications would go about getting a job or if its even possible to be considered for one of these positions.
      I was involved with building the terminal substation from a vestas wind farm in Western Australia also and was always wondered how to get into that type of role.
      Thanks, appreciate any helf.

  13. Hi to everyone.
    Just reading all the comments with much interest.
    I served my time as a mechanic, then moved onto the materials handling field, working on hydraulics, electric vehicles etc. (Mostly forklifts)
    I am now looking for a fresh challenge, is there any courses that could benefit me in anyway to become a Wind Turbine Technician?
    I live I the North of England.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks.

  14. Hi I am an out of work Aircraft Maintenance Tech, does anyone know if this training is recognized as a part of the training course for wind turbines? this is a field that I am interested in and it seems that it is a more stable environment for jobs.

  15. Hi. I am a multi skilled artisan from South Africa with an EU passport. I will be relocating to the UK very soon.
    I am a Red Seal qualified Millwright ( Electro Mechanician ) and an Instrument mechanician with 10 years heavy industry experience.
    What is my chance of getting into the wind turbine service industry ?
    It would be difficult for me to study for 1 year before I can apply for positions as I need to earn a reasonable salary to sustain my family.
    What do you suggest I do ?

  16. i would love to become a wind turbine tech, i think they are amazing and i have been a mountain goat for a while now so i love to climb, i live in Australia is there any jobs here i wonder and what would i need to do??????

  17. Hi There,
    I am staying South Africa.
    I need some urgent info as to where I can send my technicians to train as wind turbine technicians.

  18. Hi, I am currently in the 8th grade and I am wondering where I could get work experience for this job and which classes to take up when I’m older.

    1. Hi Craig,

      Airstreams can train you in 6 weeks. We have a pretty awesome job placement rate. We are located in the sunshine state of Tehachapi. Give me a call if you’d like more information. I think it’s a great opportunity.

  19. I am from Ghana and would like to be a wind turbine producer, but there are no manufacturing companies here that I can learn from them. Besides, there are no wind turbines right here in Ghana. This is what I want to do but I do not get any help. Please help me to know how to go about it with all due respects. Your reply or help will be appreciated. Thank you

  20. Hello,
    I am very interested in a training program for a wind turbine technician. I have spent 15 years in the power generation industry.
    I have worked on numerous contacts in the uk involving installing/erecting and maintaining pylons and power lines. Also for the last 5 years have been involved in the installation and construction of large gas and steam turbines.
    Any advice would be gratefully appreciated .
    Thankyou.

    1. Hi Carl,

      Airstreams can train you in 6 weeks. We have a pretty awesome job placement rate. We are located in the sunshine state of Tehachapi. Give me a call if you’d like more information. I think it’s a great opportunity.

  21. i am interested in getting into the wind turbine industry i am former oil rig worker and looking for a more stable career i live in west texas in the south plains I’ve seen turbines come up all around but no names of companies and the trucks working on them don’t have anything on them thanks

    1. Hi John,

      Airstreams can train you in 6 weeks. We actually have a lot of people coming in through from oil rigging. Give us a call. We have a pretty solid job placement rate.

  22. I am really interested to be a wind turbine technician. I leave in United Kingdom, leicestershire. If somebody know a school in my area please help me. Thanks

  23. Does anyone have any suggestions for accelerated training in Massachusetts area? I’m 50 and looking to make a career change, would a service technician be a good job to consider? I’m still very fit, no problem with heights and did “some” climbing when I was younger. Any suggestions would great. I’ve worked in solar for about 40 years and like the future of clean energy and think job growth will be great. Thanks in advance.

  24. Hi Everyone! This is an old topic. This is like summoning but I’m also interested in being a technician. What are the requirements for this occupation? I’m an ICT teacher with 7 years experience. If someone can lead me to some resources that I can use.

  25. Do I need functional skills maths and English or GCSE to become a wind turbine technician? as I don’t have any at the moment

  26. Hello sir, please i am interested on these turbine technical course, where can I get a place for it I’m west Africa. Thanks

  27. Hi …. I am very interested in wind turbine technician job. I have recently graduated in Electronic Engineering. I am in Zimbabwe and there are no such projects .. I feel I can get a good 15 year training and experience in this field and possibly introduce it to my country and help fight against electric energy shortages in africa esp in Zimbabwe.

  28. I’m so keen to become wind turbine service technician and engineering jobs, where is the best place to start as I’m living in south west England , please I appreciate for any guid and help !

  29. Hello… I feel like I am late coming here and to this industry, but I am very interested in this field. Do anyone here have any recommendations for a school or training near the Philadelphia area, or online (but I can’t imagine too much online training can be done, but I may be wrong.)

  30. thanks for your technical action, i am mechanical skills more than 18 years, i make new systems of my nation to teaching some of youngs with out parents i give them hand i want to work them to training new wind power creating A to Z, i this new wind power is my needs to care my youth they need to learning new tech wind power i helping them with out Cash i need same helping if you can as honest i will show my work shop that to training new aprants they need investment so to solving there hope we to corporate more ,

  31. Hello, I am an Electrical Maintenance Engineer and i am extremely keen to get into the wind industry, i have been doing a lot of research and found there are GWO courses and Siemens level 2 & 3 which would be a massive help in a career change into the wind industry.

    would anyone recommend these courses and is there anything else anyone could recommend to improve my chances to get into the wind industry?

    1. Hello my name is Jake. I have a bachelors in science in hydrogeology and an applied aviation science degree with the US Air Force. I’m currently in the Air Force as a crew chief (jet mechanic). I have some mechanical background. I was look long at the program offered by Kalamazoo Michigan. It’s a 6 month program. Have you guys heard any positives or negatives? Also are there any other accelerated programs in the Midwest?

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