Details Report for:
49-9081.00 - Wind Turbine Service Technicians
Inspect, diagnose, adjust, or repair wind turbines. Perform maintenance on wind turbine equipment including resolving electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic malfunctions.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Inspect or repair fiberglass turbine blades.
- Troubleshoot or repair mechanical, hydraulic, or electrical malfunctions related to variable pitch systems, variable speed control systems, converter systems, or related components.
- Climb wind turbine towers to inspect, maintain, or repair equipment.
- Diagnose problems involving wind turbine generators or control systems.
- 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.
- Assist in assembly of individual wind generators or construction of wind farms.
- Collect turbine data for testing or research and analysis.
- Maintain tool and spare parts inventories required for repair, installation, or replacement services.
- Operate manufacturing equipment to fabricate wind turbines.
- Train end-users, distributors, installers, or other technicians in wind commissioning, testing, or other technical procedures.
Tools used in this occupation:
|Hammers — Claw hammers; Sledgehammers|
|High voltage cable detection — Hotsticks|
|Lubricating oil testing kit — Lubricant oil sampling kits|
|Signal generators — Function generators|
|Stripping tools — Wire strippers|
|Torque tools — Hydraulic torque machines|
|Torque wrenches — Manual torque wrenches; Torque multipliers|
|Voltage or current meters — Voltage testers; Voltmeters|
|Wattmeters — Conventional watt meters; Electronic watt meters|
|Winches — Electric winches|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Analytical or scientific software — Computerized diagnostic software|
|Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook|
|Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software|
|Industrial control software — Industrial control systems software; Programmable logic controller PLC software; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software; Vestas Wind Systems A/S Vestas Remote Panel|
|Internet browser software — Web browser software|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint|
|Project management software — Microsoft Project|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
|56||Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.|
|50||Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.|
|47||Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.|
|45||Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.|
|33||Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.|
|33||Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.|
Wages & Employment Trends
Employment data collected from Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other.
Industry data collected from Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other.
|Median wages (2012)||$22.10 hourly, $45,970 annual|
|Employment (2010)||144,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Average (10% to 19%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||43,200|
|Top industries (2010)||
Self-Employed (15% employed in this sector)
Wholesale Trade (12%)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.