Do you have what it takes for a wind energy career?
Wind turbine service technicians (also known as windtechs) install, maintain, and repair wind turbines. Their responsibilities include performing routine maintenance, replacing worn or malfunctioning components, inspecting the exterior and physical integrity of towers and testing electrical components.
Although the program is designed to prepare students for a career, there is no guarantee that graduates will truly enjoy working in the industry. If you’re considering a career as a windtech, take a look at the list of characteristics to see if it might be a good fit for your personality.
No Fear of Heights
If you have acrophobia, wind energy technician is not the right career choice. Windtechs work on turbines that can be over 250 feet tall.
Conscientious About Workplace Safety
Redstone’s wind energy technician training program emphasizes safe practices and there are workplace safety regulations in place, but it is ultimately up to you to take precaution to avoid accidents.
Windtechs work on many complicated systems on a day-to-day basis. It’s beneficial to have an understanding of all mechanical, hydraulic, braking and electrical systems of a turbine.
Becoming a windtech is physically demanding. You’ll be climbing ladders to get to the turbine, often while carrying equipment and tools.
Turbine parts and the tools to install or repair them can be heavy, sometimes in excess of 45 pounds.
Technicians must determine the cause and then make the necessary repairs when a turbine stops generating electricity.
Able to Work in Confined Spaces
You can’t be claustrophobic. Technicians must work in confined spaces to access mechanical components of the turbine.
Attention to Detail
Doing the little things right can mean the difference between doing a job, and doing a job well.
Now is a great time to earn a degree in Wind Energy Technology.
According to both government and industry organizations, the career outlook for wind energy is very promising based on the prospect that the federal government has set a goal for 20% of total U.S. electricity consumption supplied by wind power by the year 2030. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the number of wind energy technician jobs will increase 24% by 2022.
If you would like to learn more about the Wind Energy Technology program at Redstone, call 1-877-801-1025.