The wind energy industry is blowing up — wind was the largest source of new electric generating capacity that came online in 2015 according to data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). That means there are now more openings for wind energy technicians. The job can be highly rewarding, but it takes a certain type of person to succeed in this challenging role.
How do you know if you're a wind energy technician in the making? This career might be the right path for you if…
You Like Adventure
Being a wind turbine technician requires athleticism, confidence, and the ability to work comfortably at over 300 feet. After all, going up a tower to assess and/or fix a problem is no easy task. Those with an adventurous spirit are more likely to thrive in this type of work environment. (But don't worry, there are plenty of career opportunities in wind energy that don't require climbing to great heights.)
…But You Know How to Play it Safe
While the bold and daring type may enjoy this job, it's important for wind energy technicians to know their limit, follow protocol, and keep safety for themselves and their team top of mind at all times. Foolhardiness is not part of the job description.
You Like to Know How Things Work
Wind turbine technicians are problem solvers. It takes curiosity, critical thinking, and extensive knowledge of mechanical elements to perform the day-to-day tasks in the field, from assessing faulty machinery to finding solutions to get a turbine back up and running.
You're an Information Sponge
The renewable energy industry is constantly changing all of the time. Beyond initial training, a career in wind energy requires individuals to keep up with the latest and greatest innovations as the technology continues to advance. Learning will always be an ongoing process for professionals in this field.
You're Ready to Hit the Ground Running
Wind turbine technicians are in high demand. In fact, it's currently the fastest growing occupation in the U.S. with the number of wind turbine technician jobs projected to grow 108 percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry needs more professionals who are competent, properly trained and ready to get down to business when they enter the field.