Wind Turbine Technicians


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Wind Turbine Technicians

Wind Turbine Technicians - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, wind turbine technicians:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction. They talk with supervisors and other technicians throughout the day.
  • Are greatly responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other technicians.
  • Write e-mails on a daily basis. They also write letters and memos, but less frequently.
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  • Work as part of a team of technicians and engineers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always wear protective safety gear while working. This may include hard hats and safety harnesses, among other items.
  • Climb to high places on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed to hazardous conditions, equipment, and situations on a daily basis.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors, but spend more time outdoors repairing turbines.
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  • Often must get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces.
  • Are often exposed to hot or cold temperatures, depending on the weather.
  • Sometimes work amid noisy or distracting sounds.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
  • May work in extremely bright or dim lighting, depending on weather and the time of day.
  • Work very near others, within a few feet.
  • Travel to turbines and work sites by car, truck, or van.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact when fixing turbines. Errors can harm other technicians and reduce the effectiveness of turbines.
  • Repeat the same physical activities most days.
  • Must meet weekly deadlines to repair or maintain turbines.
  • Make most decisions without talking to a supervisor first. When they are physically on a turbine, they may have to act quickly.
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  • Regularly make decisions that affect their company's reputation.
  • Set their daily tasks and goals by maintenance schedules and needed repairs.

Hours/Travel

  • Usually work a 40-hour week.
  • May be on call to handle emergencies during evenings and weekends.
  • Often must travel to rural areas.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.