A Wind Turbine Technician will work with a team of well-trained professionals to maintain facilities surrounding wind turbines and maintain the turbines themselves. Part of the job includes basic cleaning and maintenance on the premises surrounding the wind turbines. This requires attention to safety regulations for the industry and is important for overall safety on the job.
You can get into this job through:
You can do a college course, which can help you to get a trainee job with a wind turbine engineering company. Courses include:
- Level 3 Certificate in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
- Level 3 Diploma in Maintenance Engineering Technology
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science.
The following local colleges offer courses in mechanical or electrical engineering:
- City College Norwich
- College of West Anglia
- East Coast College
- West Suffolk College
- One Sixth Form College
- Suffolk New College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You can do an engineering technician, or maintenance and operations engineering technician, advanced apprenticeship.
You can also complete a higher apprenticeship in manufacturing engineering: wind generation.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- renewable energy engineering
- electrical or mechanical engineering
- electrical power engineering
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You can apply directly for jobs if you've got qualifications and experience in electrical or mechanical engineering from another industry, or from the armed forces.
Demand for wind turbine technicians is predicted to grow over the next 10 years, with older wind farms being replaced or refurbished, as they come to the end of their working lives.
You'll need to:
- pass background checks
- have a full driving licence
- Have safety training to work on wind turbines. This could include sea survival if you're working offshore. Employers will advise you on what's required.
You can discover more about a career as a wind turbine technician from RenewableUK.
Career Path and Progression
You could become an authorised technician, with responsibility for supervising a technical team, and dealing with health and safety.
With further training, you could work as an operations and maintenance manager, control systems engineer or energy engineer.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Engineering maintenance technician
- Mechanical engineering technician
- Electrical engineering technician
- Energy engineer
- Comfortable with heights
- good at problem solving
- good communication skills
- work well in a team
- follow directions easily
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
£23,000 to £42,000