Wind Turbine Technician Jobs

For most qualified candidates, finding a job in the wind energy sector is not that difficult.  Many graduates of nationally recognized wind turbine technician programs often have several job offers by the time they graduate.  At that point, it is no longer just about getting a job to pay the bills.  These graduates must take other factors into consideration, such as pay, the type of job and where it is located.  Let’s look at some of the different types of jobs someone with a wind energy technician degree could apply for, and where those jobs are located.

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Types of Jobs

When searching for technician jobs, you will often see various levels and titles (Wind Energy Technician I, Wind Energy Technician II, Wind Energy Technician III, etc.).  But these titles are based more on the level of experience and aptitude a candidate shows, and does not do much to describe the type of work they will be doing.  When applying for one of these jobs, be sure to read the detailed job description and see what the daily duties entail.

Most wind energy technician job listings are for maintaining existing wind turbines.  This could include anything from blade repair to simple tune-ups, which is all necessary to keep these very expensive machines running smoothly.  A maintenance technician will often be assigned a geographical region and be assigned to all of the wind turbines in that locality.

Because of the rapid growth of the wind energy industry, there are also many technician jobs out there for new wind turbine construction.  These jobs may be short term contract jobs that terminate once the turbines are up and running.  Or, they may involve traveling around the country from wind farm to wind farm installing new turbines over and over again.  The Department of Energy estimates that 20% of America’s power will come from wind farms by the year 2030, so working on new installations is work that will certainly be around for years to come.

Where the Jobs Are

There are a lot of jobs in the wind energy industry right now, and they are all over the country.  However, they are mostly centered where the wind farms are.  To get a better understanding on where you can expect to find a wind turbine technician job, it makes sense to look at the parts of the United States with the most wind energy production:

As you can see from the map and the statistics above, most of the wind turbines in the United Stated are centered in the Midwest, with the West Coast also having a large presence.  The Midwest is anchored by Texas, which has almost triple the number of wind turbines as the next highest state.  States with high numbers of existing turbines (Texas, Iowa, California, Minnesota, Washington) are where you could expect to find stable, long term maintenance jobs.  While those states are still building new turbines, they are closer to being at capacity and so may not have as many opportunities for new construction.  States that rank highly in new wind capacity are where the new construction is.  for 2010, the states with the most new wind power were Texas, Illinois, California, South Dakota and Minnesota.

The Choice is Yours

With the proper training and the right skills you could find yourself considering multiple job offers in just about any corner of the country, maintaining or installing wind turbines.  This is an exciting opportunity for many people around the United States who are considering different career options, or for others who are just getting started, and do not want to invest in a 4 year degree.  Whatever your situation may be, odds are there is a wind turbine technician job out there where you can be doing what you want to do in a place where you want to do it.  How many people can say that about their job?

Additional Information

20 Percent Wind by 2030

AWEA Market Update Factsheet – April 2011

 

16 thoughts on “Wind Turbine Technician Jobs”

  1. Statistics show there are hundreds of jobs in Texas. I have just received my communication and wind turbine technician certificate and I have put my resume in with just about every wind job in Texas. I have not even received an email or phone call. Can someone please tell me where are these hundreds of jobs?

    1. Have you found a job in this field yet? Am graduating a two year program this month and not finding anything open, on the east coast. Any ideas?

  2. I live in the U.K but would love to work in the States. I have five years experience working on Siemens 3.6 MW, 3.0DD. I am currently a Level 7 technician with all qualifications up to date. I have led teams in Servicing, Snagging offshore and onshore Pre-assembly. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!
    Regards
    Leon Gingell

  3. I live in the Pakistan but would love to work in the anywhere. I have Six years experience working on Zorlu O&M Turkey, base on Zorlu wind farm Jhimpir Pakistan total 50.6 MW, I am currently a Level Maintenance Specialist with all qualifications up to date. I have led teams in Servicing, Snagging offshore . Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. I am searching new jobs in wind turbine.
    Regards
    Ghulam Abbas

  4. Hello.

    My name is Oscar Pascual Richard Rosas.
    1964-08-16

    I was born in Uruguay. I came to Sweden in 1976 and has since become a Swedish citizen. I lived in the south of Sweden and moved toStockholm in 1980, where I went to elementary school, high school and Axelsson’s institute and became a massage therapist, etc. in 1995.

    Afterwards I moved to South Africa and in 1999 I moved to Spain until 2010. I have since fluctuated between Spain and Sweden.

    become a wind power assembler. I am learning about wind turbine assembly techniques. I have up to today’s date taken licenses to operate trucks, loaders and telescopic loaders. I also have ESA training and certificate. Knowledge wind. Safe lifting. hot work, Electrical Safety – ESA. Basic

    safety, High Altitude. Telescope truck .Eco Driving. Concrete Knowledge
    Crane Knowledge. Management and Security
    Tools Knowledge, Wheel – handling
    First Aid. Environment Courses .all GWO certificate ..

    I am doing main practice in Vestas Northern Europa end Glowen wind.se Sweden Rämsberget.

    Recommendation. David Whittaker Installation Supervisor People Resource Management.

    Tel: +44(0)1925859921 dwhit@vestas.com

    Site manager Morten Sandgaard. msaa@vestas.com. Tel.: +45 28 93 23 93.

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    Richard Rosas

  5. Looking for a wind technician job in texas any body know where I can apply I’ve tried vestas but no luck I have an associates degree but that doesn’t seem to have any pull any recommendations

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