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11-9199.09 - Wind Energy Operations Managers

Manage wind field operations, including personnel, maintenance activities, financial activities, and planning.

Sample of reported job titles: Facility Manager, Operations and Maintenance Manager, Operations Manager, Site Manager, Wind Farm Operations Manager, Wind Field Manager, Wind Operations Manager, Wind Operations Supervisor, Wind Plant Manager, Wind Site Manager

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Track and maintain records for wind operations, such as site performance, downtime events, parts usage, or substation events. Green Task Statement
  • Oversee the maintenance of wind field equipment or structures, such as towers, transformers, electrical collector systems, roadways, or other site assets. Green Task Statement
  • Supervise employees or subcontractors to ensure quality of work or adherence to safety regulations or policies. Green Task Statement
  • Develop relationships and communicate with customers, site managers, developers, land owners, authorities, utility representatives, or residents. Green Task Statement
  • Maintain operations records, such as work orders, site inspection forms, or other documentation. Green Task Statement
  • Establish goals, objectives, or priorities for wind field operations. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor and maintain records of daily facility operations. Green Task Statement
  • Prepare wind field operational budgets. Green Task Statement
  • Train or coordinate the training of employees in operations, safety, environmental issues, or technical issues. Green Task Statement
  • Estimate costs associated with operations, including repairs or preventive maintenance. Green Task Statement
  • Review, negotiate, or approve wind farm contracts. Green Task Statement
  • Manage warranty repair or replacement services. Green Task Statement
  • Recruit or select wind operations employees, contractors, or subcontractors. Green Task Statement
  • Order parts, tools, or equipment needed to maintain, restore, or improve wind field operations. Green Task Statement
  • Develop processes or procedures for wind operations, including transitioning from construction to commercial operations. Green Task Statement
  • Provide technical support to wind field customers, employees, or subcontractors. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Ammeters — Amp clamp meters
  • Anemometers — Recording anemometers
  • Calipers — Digital calipers
  • Desktop computers
  • Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs
  • Fire escape equipment — Safety line evacuation kits
  • Forklifts — Field forklifts
  • Hard hats
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared thermography cameras
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
  • Lubricating oil testing kit — Lubricant oil sampling kits
  • Megohmmeters
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Fall arrest systems
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
  • Slings — Rigging equipment
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems
  • Torque tools — Hydraulic torque machines
  • Torque wrenches — Manual torque wrenches
  • Tower cranes
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios
  • Vibration testers — Vibration analyis equipment
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltage testers

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Computerized diagnostic software
  • Calendar and scheduling software — Employee scheduling software
  • Compliance software — Gensuite
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology
  • Data base user interface and query software — WebEx WebOffice
  • Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS; Oracle Enterprise Asset Management eAM
  • Industrial control software — Programmable logic controller PLC software; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Inventory management software — Inventory control software
  • LAN software — Local area network LAN software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Time accounting software — Time and payroll management software
  • WAN switching software and firmware — Wide area network WAN software
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Knowledge

  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Maintain operational records for green energy processes or other environmentally-sustainable activities.
  • Direct maintenance and repair activities in green energy production facilities.
  • Supervise workers performing environmentally sustainable activities.
  • Establish interpersonal business relationships to facilitate work activities.
  • Develop organizational goals or objectives.
  • Prepare operational budgets for green energy or other green operations.
  • Conduct employee training programs.
  • Train employees on environmental awareness, conservation, or safety topics.
  • Estimate green project costs.
  • Approve expenditures.
  • Direct facility maintenance or repair activities.
  • Negotiate contracts for environmental remediation, green energy, or renewable resources.
  • Recruit personnel.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures for green or sustainable operations.
  • Advise others on green energy or related technologies.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 94% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone — 94% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 87% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 94% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 78% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 80% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others — 77% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 69% responded “Very important results.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 69% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 55% responded “Very important.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 47% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure — 55% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 38% responded “Very important.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting — 44% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Letters and Memos — 34% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers — 40% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition — 50% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Consequence of Error — 31% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Exposed to High Places — 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 36% responded “Important.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 26% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Public Speaking — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
53   Bachelor's degree
18   Master's degree
10   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: ECR

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Managers, All Other.
Employment data collected from Managers, All Other.
Industry data collected from Managers, All Other.

Median wages (2015) $50.41 hourly, $104,850 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 986,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Slower than average (2% to 4%) Slower than average (2% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 255,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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