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Green Occupation:
49-9081.00 - Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.

This is a Green New & Emerging occupation — the impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of new occupations.

Wind turbine service technicians work in the following green economy sectors:

  • Renewable Energy Generation — This sector covers activities related to developing and using energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass. This sector also includes traditional, non-renewable sources of energy undergoing significant green technological changes (e.g., oil, coal, gas, and nuclear).

They perform these tasks important to the green economy:

  • Assist in assembly of individual wind generators or construction of wind farms.
  • Climb wind turbine towers to inspect, maintain, or repair equipment.
  • Collect turbine data for testing or research and analysis.
  • Diagnose problems involving wind turbine generators or control systems.
  • Inspect or repair fiberglass turbine blades.
  • Maintain tool and spare parts inventories required for repair, installation, or replacement services.
  • Operate manufacturing equipment to fabricate wind turbines.
  • Perform routine maintenance on wind turbine equipment, underground transmission systems, wind fields substations, or fiber optic sensing and control systems.
  • Start or restart wind turbine generator systems to ensure proper operations.
  • Test electrical components of wind systems with devices such as voltage testers, multimeters, oscilloscopes, infrared testers, or fiber optic equipment.
  • Test structures, controls, or mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical systems, according to test plans or in coordination with engineers.
  • Train end-users, distributors, installers, or other technicians in wind commissioning, testing, or other technical procedures.
  • Troubleshoot or repair mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical malfunctions related to variable pitch systems, variable speed control systems, converter systems, or related components.