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

A Day in the Life of a Wind Energy Engineer

  • Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems.
  • Test wind turbine components, using mechanical or electronic testing equipment.
  • Develop active control algorithms, electronics, software, electromechanical, or electrohydraulic systems for wind turbines.
  • Provide engineering technical support to designers of prototype wind turbines.
  • Oversee the work activities of wind farm consultants or subcontractors.
  • Analyze operation of wind farms or wind farm components to determine reliability, performance, and compliance with specifications.

Wind Energy Engineer Needed Skills

These are the skills Wind Energy Engineers say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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  • Engineer
  • Wind Power Specialist
  • Wind Science and Planning
  • Senior Wind Energy Consultant

Are There Job Opportunities for Wind Energy Engineers?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 132,500 jobs in the United States for Wind Energy Engineer. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8,500 new jobs for Wind Energy Engineer by 2026. The BLS estimates 9,500 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Wind Energy Engineer are Nevada, Utah, and North Dakota. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Minnesota, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Wind Energy Engineer Average Salary

The typical yearly salary for Wind Energy Engineers is somewhere between $50,750 and $155,650.

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Wind Energy Engineers who work in District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Wind Energy Engineers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $115,710
Alaska $114,040
Arizona $94,450
Arkansas $71,510
California $107,700
Colorado $111,610
Connecticut $100,230
District of Columbia $132,530
Florida $82,970
Georgia $93,580
Hawaii $96,940
Idaho $110,270
Illinois $87,220
Indiana $73,340
Iowa $78,230
Kansas $82,060
Kentucky $79,690
Louisiana $90,580
Maine $85,800
Maryland $118,420
Massachusetts $109,220
Michigan $90,420
Minnesota $101,620
Mississippi $79,630
Missouri $86,850
Montana $79,590
Nebraska $82,760
Nevada $94,950
New Hampshire $99,070
New Jersey $114,990
New Mexico $114,790
New York $95,270
North Carolina $83,900
North Dakota $83,270
Ohio $93,370
Oklahoma $83,080
Oregon $90,720
Pennsylvania $96,550
Rhode Island $95,790
South Carolina $100,750
South Dakota $84,320
Tennessee $82,030
Texas $113,370
Utah $89,810
Vermont $81,960
Virginia $118,390
Washington $104,890
West Virginia $91,420
Wisconsin $86,600
Wyoming $97,040

What Tools do Wind Energy Engineers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Wind Energy Engineers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Git
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Python
  • Microsoft Access
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • UNIX

How to Become a Wind Energy Engineer

Learn what Wind Energy Engineer education requirements there are.

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What work experience do I need to become a Wind Energy Engineer?

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Wind Energy Engineers Sector

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The table below shows the approximate number of Wind Energy Engineers employed by various industries.

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