How to Get a Job as a Wind Turbine Technician

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How to Get a Job as a Wind Turbine Technician
Wind turbine technicians maintain wind turbines. (wind turbine in wales image by thomas owen from Fotolia.com)

Wind turbine technicians perform routine maintenance and repairs on wind turbines, which produce electrical power used in homes, businesses and schools. If you are looking for a job as a wind turbine technician, there's good news. Despite the recession of 2008-2010, wind turbine technician jobs, along with other green technology jobs, are currently available to qualified applicants. Training is required to become a wind turbine technician. The job search process is slightly different than that for other careers, and emphasises technical skill and expertise.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Get training. To be competitive, wind turbine technicians should undergo a collegiate training program. Many community colleges offer associate degrees and certificates in wind turbine technology and applied science. Getting a degree or certificate in wind turbine technology takes anywhere from one to three years, depending on the program and the pace of the student.

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    Join a professional organisation. The American Wind Energy Association is an organisation comprised of wind energy professionals, including wind turbine technicians. Becoming part of this organisation will help you network and make valuable professional contacts that will help you find a job. Joining while in school or training will give you more time to make those contacts.

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    Use your contacts to job search. One of the most effective means of job searching is word of mouth. Ask your contacts if they know of any openings. Ask them if you can use them as a reference, or if they could give your resume to their hiring manager.

  4. 4

    Be open to relocation. Wind turbines tend to be located in places with a high average wind speed. Many areas of the Midwest, South and West have large numbers of wind turbines. If you are in an area without many wind turbines, consider moving to an area with more.

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    Prepare for an interview. All of the standard job interview practices still apply: Research the company, memorise the mission statement, make a list of your technical and communicative skills and learn the names and backgrounds of those who will interview you.

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