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Wind Energy Engineers

Also called: Project Designer, Transmission and Distribution Engineering; Project Engineer; Senior Engineer/Practice Leader-Land Development and Engineering; Senior Wind Energy Consultant

What they do:
Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.
On the job, you would:
  • Create or maintain wind farm layouts, schematics, or other visual documentation for wind farms.
  • Recommend process or infrastructure changes to improve wind turbine performance, reduce operational costs, or comply with regulations.
  • Create models to optimize the layout of wind farm access roads, crane pads, crane paths, collection systems, substations, switchyards, or transmission lines.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • WindSim
Map creation software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Global Mapper Software Global Mapper
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • SolidWorks CAD software

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$92,030
per year, on average
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