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Wind Turbine Technicians

At a Glance

  • Maintain and repair wind turbines
  • Climb up to 200 feet to perform work
  • Complete a formal training program
  • Work both indoors and outdoors

Career summary

Wind turbine technicians assemble, maintain, and repair wind turbines used in energy generation.

Wind turbine technicians build and keep wind turbine machines running properly. They do preventative maintenance. They troubleshoot problems and do repairs.

Each turbine tower needs regular maintenance. During maintenance, technicians check moving parts and repair and replace malfunctioning parts and equipment. They change filters and oil levels. They maintain electrical motors, hydraulics, transmissions, and drives.

Technicians monitor computers to test and maintain turbines. Each turbine has two computers, one at the base and one at the top. Technicians climb a series of ladders to reach the top of the tower about 200 feet off the ground.

Technicians get inside the turbine and inspect the gears, motor, and generator. They clean oil and grease that has dripped off the equipment.

Outside, the turbine technicians make sure all of instruments are secure and the fiberglass top is in working order and not damaged. Teamwork is important for technicians since usually two or more work together, and safety and a smooth-running work environment are critical. They maintain all tools and safety equipment.

Many technicians travel throughout the US to work on wind farms. Some travel and work on wind turbines in foreign countries.

Related careers

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to wind turbine technicians.

Common work activities

Wind turbine technicians perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, wind turbine technicians:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Wind turbine technicians frequently:

It is important for wind turbine technicians to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for wind turbine technicians to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Wind turbine technicians need to:


Reason and problem solve

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

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To work as a wind turbine technician, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Most wind turbine technicians earn a certificate in wind energy technology at technical schools or community colleges. In this program you learn about electrical and hydraulic maintenance, braking and mechanical systems, computers and control systems, and safety and first aid.

A small number of wind energy education and training programs (external link) are offered in the United States. Be careful when enrolling in programs in this area. Because this is an emerging area of study, the industry does not yet have training requirements. As a result, the quality and depth of information provided by programs vary widely. You should investigate the schools you are interested in.

Work experience

Wind farming is an emerging industry so there is currently no US accepted standard for wind turbine technicians. Generally, those with work experience in a related occupation are able to find jobs as technicians. You should have a strong technical background. You may need training in safety requirements specific to wind turbine technology. A background and understanding of mechanical and electrical principles are good preparation.

On-the-job training

Once on the job, you receive training related to the wind turbines you will work on. Part of this training is manufacturer training. Other training may include an internship with a wind turbine servicing contractor. Training typically lasts at least one year.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum (external link) may be different from your state's graduation requirements (external link).

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

Many wind turbine technicians are self-employed. If you want to run your own business some day, you should consider taking these courses as well:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers look for wind turbine technicians who have attended a training program or have a combination of training and experience. They also look for technicians with strong engineering and electrical skills. Technicians must be comfortable with heights and using a variety of specialty tools.


Wind Turbine Service Technicians (SOC 49-9081)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $23.72 $26.82 $31.01 $36.01 $39.78
Monthly $4,111 $4,648 $5,374 $6,241 $6,894
Yearly $49,340 $55,790 $64,500 $74,890 $82,750
    Vancouver Hourly $19.66 $21.79 $26.88 $33.18 $36.78
Monthly $3,407 $3,776 $4,658 $5,750 $6,374
Yearly $40,896 $45,310 $55,923 $69,030 $76,505
United States Hourly $18.17 $21.36 $26.14 $33.44 $40.17
Monthly $3,149 $3,702 $4,530 $5,795 $6,961
Yearly $37,780 $44,430 $54,370 $69,550 $83,560

Wages vary by employer and area of the country. The technician's level of training, experience, and responsibility also affect wages.

Wind turbine technicians who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook


The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Wind turbine service technicians (SOC 49-9081)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 50 86.0% 16.1% 15
    Benton and Franklin Counties 15 13.3% 15.0% 2
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 35 97.1% 13.8% 11
United States 6,600 56.1% 5.2% 1,300

National employment

About 13% of wind turbine technicians are self-employed.

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for this occupation will be very strong. However, it is still a small occupation and very few jobs will be created. Wind energy is becoming more competitive with coal and natural gas as a source of energy. As more wind turbines are built demand will grow.

Job prospects are best for technicians with formal training. They are also better in areas such as coastal regions and the Midwest where wind is more prevalent. Some areas have reported a shortage of workers.

Other resources

American Wind Energy Association (external link)
1501 M Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
Electronics Technicians Association, International (external link)
5 Depot Street
Greencastle, IN 46135
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy information (external link)
(US Department of Energy)
Engineer Girl! (external link)
National Academy of Engineering
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (external link)
901 D Street SW, Suite 930
Washington, DC 20024
Technology Student Association (external link)
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1540
Washington Business Week (external link)
PO Box 1170
Renton, WA 98057
Wind Energy (external link)
(US Department of Energy)
Wind Solar Alliance (external link)


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