Wind turbine service technicians inspect, repair and diagnose wind turbines to resolve electrical, hydraulic and mechanical malfunctions. Their job also involves installing wind turbines and performing routine maintenance to ensure maximum functional operation.
Standard business hours
Since most wind turbines are operated by a company or by the government, a wind turbine service technician can expect to do a full 40-hour workweek during regular business hours. However, there will be times when a wind turbine is down and needs to be repaired in the evening, on a weekend or during a holiday. Depending on your employer, you may work in shifts.
A wind turbine service technician will work primarily on the road, but there will be a central command centre where you file your paperwork, deal with your superior or perform repairs on certain parts.
Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.
DVM / VMD degree
A wind turbine service technician will typically need to attend a fully accredited technical school to earn certification in wind energy technology. It is important to enroll in a technical school for this type of work because you then attain hands-on training, as well as complete specific coursework in electrical and hydraulic maintenance, braking and mechanical systems and programmable logic control systems.
Professional certification is not mandatory, but employers will usually give preference to candidates who are certified in related areas, such as tower climbing and electrical safety.
The role of a wind turbine service technician is in great demand, mainly because of global investment in alternative energy, including wind. The role might lead to more advanced and managerial positions, such as an operations, maintenance and service wind turbine technician (OMS wind turbine technician).