Wind Energy Engineers

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Wind energy engineers design wind farm systems and develop the specifications for sites for wind farms and equipment. They research and assess current wind farm systems and make recommendations for improvements in wind turbine performance. They also design and improve on designs of wind farm collection systems that reduce the costs of operations and comply with regulations. They work closely with wind turbine prototype designers. Approximately 105,500 people are employed in the wind energy industry, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Design and improve upon the designs of wind turbines and wind farms
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, with most jobs concentrated in the Midwest, Southwest, and Northeast regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Three to five years experience; internship or cooperative work experience while in school
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Technical
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Wind Energy Engineer or Department Head
  • Wind Energy Engineer
  • Wind Energy Engineer-in-Training
  • Intern, Wind Energy Engineer