Fact about salary of a wind turbine technician

Average Salary of a Wind Turbine Technician

The wind energy industry is one of the fastest growing ones in the country. In this Buzzle article, you will be given a brief about the average salary of a wind turbine technician, who is responsible for the creation, working, and maintenance of the wind turbine.
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Producing energy from renewable sources such as water, sun, and wind is certainly the need of the hour. While the production of solar energy is increasing with the use of solar panels, solar water heaters, etc., the field of wind technology isn't in the far corner either. This field is growing by leaps and bounds, as production of energy from wind is expected to leap in the decades to come, and consequently, qualified technicians will be needed in order to install the necessary components of a wind turbine. This machine, just like hydroelectric turbines, helps convert the natural wind energy into electric energy. This article will educate you about the job description, work environment, and the average salary of a wind turbine technician.

Job Requirements and Qualifications
Educational Credentials
  • A high school diploma or GED is of prime importance.
  • A strong mechanical aptitude is necessary along with excellent technical skills.
  • An associate's degree or vocational training degree (mostly of 2 years) in wind turbine maintenance, electronics, and the like, is essential as a minimum requirement.
  • Work experience in a related field will help you in getting qualified.
After completing the technical course, 12 months of on-the-job training is generally required. Many technical schools and community colleges have on-site turbines so that students can receive practical training as a part of their coursework.

Other Requirements
  • This job will require you to be physically strong and be able to climb at least 300 feet.
  • You must enjoy traveling and working outdoors, as your work will take you to rural areas and other places where wind farms are located.
  • You must be ready to work on weekends and holidays, in case of emergencies.
  • You will be required to work in confined spaces, so it is essential that you do not suffer from claustrophobia.
Job Description

The job description mainly involves tasks concerned with the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of wind turbines. They include:
  • Collection of data for testing or research.
  • Make sure the generator systems are working properly. If not, diagnose the problem and help solve it.
  • Inspect and repair the turbine blades.
  • Climb towers of more than 260 feet to check, maintain, or repair equipment.
  • Assemble individual generators and help construct the wind farms.
  • Perform regular maintenance on wind turbine equipment, underground transmission systems, wind field substations, and control systems.
  • Test all the electrical components, with fiber optic equipment (for the fiberglass blades), infrared testers, voltage testers, and oscilloscopes.
  • Test the mechanical and hydraulic systems periodically.
  • Troubleshoot the malfunctions related to the different systems, like pitch, variable speed control, and converter systems.
Salary Details

State-wise Average Salary

AlabamaUSD 36,000
AlaskaUSD 26,000
ArizonaUSD 29,000
ArkansasUSD 36,000
CaliforniaUSD 38,000
ColoradoUSD 31,000
ConnecticutUSD 41,000
DelawareUSD 31,000
FloridaUSD 33,000
GeorgiaUSD 41,000
HawaiiUSD 35,000
IdahoUSD 23,000
IllinoisUSD 40,000
IndianaUSD 34,000
IowaUSD 35,000
KansasUSD 32,000
KentuckyUSD 31,000
LouisianaUSD 32,000
MaineUSD 31,000
MarylandUSD 37,000
MassachusettsUSD 43,000
MichiganUSD 36,000
MinnesotaUSD 31,000
MississippiUSD 37,000
MissouriUSD 35,000
MontanaUSD 30,000
NebraskaUSD 26,000
NevadaUSD 27,000
New HampshireUSD 35,000
New JerseyUSD 38,000
New MexicoUSD 31,000
New YorkUSD 43,000
North CarolinaUSD 34,000
North DakotaUSD 32,000
OhioUSD 34,000
OklahomaUSD 33,000
OregonUSD 34,000
PennsylvaniaUSD 34,000
Rhode IslandUSD 32,000
South CarolinaUSD 35,000
South DakotaUSD 27,000
TennesseeUSD 33,000
TexasUSD 34,000
UtahUSD 28,000
VermontUSD 31,000
VirginiaUSD 36,000
WashingtonUSD 37,000
West VirginiaUSD 34,000
WisconsinUSD 32,000
WyomingUSD 29,000
Source: Indeed.com as of July 30, 2014. Figures are in US Dollars.

Industry-wise

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in May 2012, the average annual salary of windtechs according to the industries that hired them were as follows:

Electric power generation, transmission, and distributionUSD 48,720
Installation, maintenance, and repair of commercial, industrial machinery and equipment, excluding the automotive and electronic componentsUSD 45,870
Utility System CorrectionUSD 44,130

Experience-wise
  • The starting salary for this field is reported to be around USD 35,860. This will continue until you are an expert in a particular domain or steadily rise up the ranks.
  • A person with slightly more experience will earn around USD 41,680. As reported by the BLS, the median annual wage is around USD 49,490.
  • Highly qualified professionals with plenty of experience under their belt are likely to earn USD 60,100, which may go as high as USD 74,500.
These technocrats also work on an hourly basis, either when they have a contract or when there are emergencies. Generally, the mean hourly wage is estimated to be around USD 25.5. However, the wind turbine technician salary range varies with designation, experience, skill, and the quality of delivered output.

The wind energy industry is expected to grow enormously over the next few decades. According to the BLS, the Renewable Electricity Standard calls for 25 percent of the U.S. electric power generation to come from renewable sources by 2025, and the wind technology has a healthy share in the market. As the requirement for more and more turbines grows, more and more technicians will be needed. Thus, the employment growth for this profile is projected to be on a high rise. Job prospects for qualified professionals are reported to be excellent, along with a decent pay packet.