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Wind Energy Engineers
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Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.

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Currently Employed: 3,590

Projected Annual Job Openings: 70

Typical Hourly Wage: $50.98 - $71.40

Typical Annual Salary: $106,000 - $148,500

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Create or maintain wind farm layouts, schematics, or other visual documentation for wind farms.
  • Provide engineering technical support to designers of prototype wind turbines.
  • Recommend process or infrastructure changes to improve wind turbine performance, reduce operational costs, or comply with regulations.
  • Investigate experimental wind turbines or wind turbine technologies for properties such as aerodynamics, production, noise, and load.
  • Create models to optimize the layout of wind farm access roads, crane pads, crane paths, collection systems, substations, switchyards, or transmission lines.
  • Develop active control algorithms, electronics, software, electromechanical, or electrohydraulic systems for wind turbines.
  • Develop specifications for wind technology components, such as gearboxes, blades, generators, frequency converters, and pad transformers.
  • Test wind turbine components, using mechanical or electronic testing equipment.
  • Test wind turbine equipment to determine effects of stress or fatigue.
  • Oversee the work activities of wind farm consultants or subcontractors.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Anemometers
  • Barometers
  • Soil core sampling apparatus
  • Temperature transmitters
  • Wind surface observing apparatus

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Map creation software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Project management software

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