Wondering how to become certified in wind energy? We can help. We can also help explore diverse opportunities that can come with wind energy training. In fact, we’re here to answer as many of the “how to become a wind turbine technician” questions as possible:
Do I need to travel?
Yes. To become a wind turbine technician, you need to be open to travel in this field. You will limit yourself greatly if you are not open to it. Most technicians start as a traveling technician and then can eventually settle down to a specific site or farm.
What Certifications will I earn?
By the end of your Wind Turbine Technician certificate, you will earn your Tower Climb, OSHA 30 and First Aid/CPR certifications.
How tall are Wind Turbines?
Wind turbines come in all sizes. Commercial size turbines can sit on 100-meter towers and some blade spans can reach up to 160 meters. There are also smaller and even microturbines.
What are some job opportunities for a Wind Turbine Technician?
Wind Turbine Technicians can work in a wide variety of jobs and situations that include: travel, working as part of the construction crew, a maintenance tech, and even work in manufacturing.
Is boot camp an extra expense I have to save for?
No, the cost of boot camp is part of your tuition and includes air travel, housing, food, and program-related local transportation.
What is the job outlook for Wind Turbine Technicians?
The employment of wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 57 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.** Because wind electricity generation is expected to grow rapidly over the coming decade, additional technicians will be needed to install and maintain new turbines. Job prospects are expected to be excellent.**
* - Program length is assuming continual full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.
** - Median salary information and projected job growth is from: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Wind Turbine Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/wind-turbine-technicians.htm (visited January 09, 2020).
$26.14 Hourly $54,370 Annual**