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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Wind Turbine Performance Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Mechanical Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Electrical Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Design Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Controls Engineer
  • Wind Science and Planning
  • Wind Farm Siting and Development Consultant
  • Wind Farm Engineer
  • Wind Farm Electrical Systems Designer
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What They Do

  • Write reports to document wind farm collector system test results.
  • Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems.
  • Perform root cause analysis on wind turbine tower component failures.
  • Analyze operation of wind farms or wind farm components to determine reliability, performance, and compliance with specifications.
  • Direct balance of plant (BOP) construction, generator installation, testing, commissioning, or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) to ensure compliance with specifications.
  • Monitor wind farm construction to ensure compliance with regulatory standards or environmental requirements.
  • Test wind turbine equipment to determine effects of stress or fatigue.
  • Oversee the work activities of wind farm consultants or subcontractors.
  • Test wind turbine components, using mechanical or electronic testing equipment.
  • Develop specifications for wind technology components, such as gearboxes, blades, generators, frequency converters, or pad transformers.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ICA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Conventional and Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $94,710 with most people making between $50,660 and $147,040

Outlook

0.36%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,790 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,890 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 10 openings due to growth and about 60 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.



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