Wind Turbine Technician: An Emerging Career Choice. Partnership with Francis Tuttle Technology Center & PCG
It’s not hard to believe that wind energy technology is a rapidly growing industry. With the U.S. Department of Energy reporting that some twenty percent of the nation’s total electricity will come from wind power by 2030, careers in the wind energy technology industry are providing an ample surge of green jobs.
In a market where the importance of supporting environmentally friendly energy sources is becoming more paramount every day with increasing media and political attention alike, a career in wind turbine repair is an exciting opportunity that is an integral part of the successful production of wind energy.
Wind turbine technicians are responsible for the overall maintenance, operations, and inspections of wind turbines and their facilities. The U.S. Department of Labor reports a wind turbine technician is responsible for electrical troubleshooting, visual blade inspection, replacement, and repair, bolt torque testing, power train maintenance, hydraulic troubleshooting, and the installation of hardware and software.
Additionally, wind turbine technicians are expected to perform all safety awareness and site specific precautions, and support all lock out/tag out procedures. It is an exciting career and one that is absolutely essential to the continued success of wind energy. But it is not a career for everyone.
Wind turbine repair requires being able to climb and work at elevations exceeding 260 feet, often in confined spaces or incremental weather. It also requires a willingness to be on call 24/7 per industry expectations, and to work in a team environment, as well as under minimal supervision. It takes a special type of individual to rise the challenge, but is a rewarding career for those who engage.
One of the schools that offers a successful training is the Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. There, students can go through their program work on an actual on-site wind turbine. This program will give the individual interested in the ever growing field of wind turbine technicians a vast array of education and training to perform the tasks and labor expected both successfully and safely. Schools offer state-of-the-art training in actual wind turbines so everything is on the cutting edge of relevancy and industry standards.
With nationwide shortages of wind energy technicians, an individual seeking a career in wind turbine repair will have the support the local, state, and national community to help ensure the greatest success in achieving career goals.
Wind energy is one of the fastest growing fields today, and the job outlook is great. A career in wind turbine repair not only ensures a place in a steadily advancing green industry, but is a rewarding career that provides an essential service in the production of an environmentally friendly energy source, that could potentially save the United States alone $86 billion to $214 billion in natural gas costs by 2030 (DOE). That is something worth considering.
PCG is an integral part of the Francis Tuttle Technology Center program; contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the upcoming class schedules.