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Wind Turbine Technician
Wind Turbine Technician

Engineering, Industrial and Technological Sciences

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Wind Turbine Technician

Where there's wind, there's energy. And, in many parts of the world, where there's wind energy there are wind turbines capturing the wind and making it available to homeowners and businesses. While it's nature that provides the wind, it's humans that install and maintain the turbines.

The growing demand for wind energy has created the need for highly skilled workers who can build and service the giant machines. This technician uses computers and has an understanding of hydraulics, electricity, algebra and meteorology. Although he came to the job with a high school education and experience as a welder, many technicians complete two-year education programs in wind technology. Working about 250 feet above the ground requires this professional to set aside any fears of heights. And teamwork is key to success in his position where safety and a smooth-running work environment are critical. Travel is a big part of his job; it has taken him around the country and to international sites.

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