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Emerging Occupations

Wind Turbine Technician

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or emerged in response to consumer needs or technological advances.

In general, wind turbine technicians inspect, diagnose, adjust, repair and maintain wind turbine electrical, mechanical and hydraulic equipment. They may also help construct the wind turbines.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 1 year post-secondary
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 5,300
  • In Demand Medium
NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

This occupation has not yet received an official NOC code. However, it is considered similar to the following historical NOC codes. CAUTION—As this occupation is only similar to these NOC codes, related details and labour market information may not be accurate:

  • 2006 NOC: Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics (2243) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics (C143) 
  • 2011 NOC: Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243) 
Skills Shortage*

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

31%
31%
*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Wind Turbine Technician occupation
Average Wage*
Starting
Overall
Top
*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Wind Turbine Technician occupation
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Wind Turbine Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).

*The Wind Turbine Technician is similar to this NOC group
Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to repair and adjust system components such as sensors, transmitters and programmable logic controllers, remove and replace defective parts and to install control and measurement instruments on existing and new plant equipment and processes

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing to inspect and test instruments to diagnose faults using pneumatic, electrical and electronic testing devices and precision measuring instruments

METHODICAL

Interest in speaking to consult with and advise process operators; and in performing scheduled preventive maintenance

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Wind turbine technicians service and maintain wind turbines. Duties may vary from 1 employer to another, but in general, they:

  • read and interpret electrical and hydraulic drawings and schematics
  • monitor wind turbine performance and document problems
  • conduct diagnostics using electrical, mechanical and hydraulic metering equipment
  • perform maintenance using standard and specialized tools and equipment, which includes greasing, oil changing and cleaning wind turbine components
  • complete reports and other paperwork as required
  • use safety equipment and follow safety procedures at all times.
Working Conditions
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Wind turbine technicians may work regular weekday hours or work shifts. Working overtime may be required to meet business needs.

Wind turbine technicians climb ladders to heights of 60 to 100 metres several times a day and work in confined spaces and in a wide variety of environmental conditions. They also may climb stairs, lift, push, carry and pull items weighing more than 20 kilograms.

There is some risk of injury particularly when working at extreme heights. Safety precautions must be observed at all times, particularly when climbing ladders, working at heights and working on electrical systems.

Wind turbine technicians sometimes may be required to travel. When travel is required, they may be away from home for weeks at a time.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Wind turbine technicians need the following characteristics:

  • the ability to work in confined spaces and at heights over 100 metres
  • the ability to pay careful attention to details
  • good communication, computer and reading skills
  • good hearing, eyesight and manual dexterity
  • good electrical and mechanical abilities
  • the ability and desire to keep up to date with changes in technology.

They should be self-motivated and enjoy solving problems and working with little direction in small (usually 2-person) teams.

Educational Requirements
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Most emerging occupations develop from more than 1 occupation, so wind turbine technicians may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Prior to enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities.

Specific hiring requirements for wind turbine technicians vary from 1 employer to another, but certain basic requirements are common. In general, wind turbine technicians must:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent with Math 20 and English 30
  • be in good physical health (applicants may be required to pass medical and eyesight examinations and pre-employment drug screening)
  • have a minimum of 1 year of hydraulic, electrical or mechanical experience or a college certificate
  • have computer and software skills for data collecting and reporting
  • have a valid Canadian passport for training or worksites outside of Canada
  • have a valid class 5 driver's licence
  • pass a police security clearance
  • complete appropriate safety training (for example, high angle rescue, first aid).

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Lethbridge College

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Certified Technician

Under general supervision, certified technicians routinely apply industry-recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods to solve problems. Duties may include testing, troubleshooting, inspecting, calibrating, drafting, maintaining, modelling, compiling, surveying, ensuring quality control, supervising in the field and working in sales.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and ASET Regulation [pdf], you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Technician (C.Tech.). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Technician.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • Graduation from an applied science, information technology or engineering technology program
  • At least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • Submission of a competency report, demonstrating at least 3 C.Tech. competencies
  • Successful completion of ASET’s Professional Practice Exam
  • Proficiency in English

For detailed official information, contact ASET.

Working in Alberta

Technicians who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified technicians in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ASET website.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated technicians, see Mechanical Engineering Technician Certification Process [pdf] on the Opportunity Alberta website.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600, 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5C6
Canada

Call: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • an increased human need (for example, alternate sources of energy)
  • technological advances
  • greater specialization within an occupation.

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans are already working in this emerging occupation, but future demand for wind turbine technicians is unknown.

Wind turbine technicians may specialize in:

  • wind turbine maintenance
  • wind farm construction
  • wind turbine manufacturing
  • blade inspection and repair
  • wind turbine electrical, mechanical and hydraulics.

Wind turbine technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2243: Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics. In Alberta, 86% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.
Wage & Salary
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Incomes in this occupation vary considerably depending on the technician's geographic location within Alberta, experience, education and turbine specialization. Wind turbine technicians earn $16 to $38 an hour (2015 estimate).

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no current salary data is available for this occupation.


*The wind turbine technician is similar to this NOC group
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $19.80 $54.54 $32.49 $34.00
Overall $24.87 $55.62 $40.57 $38.67
Top $30.00 $57.69 $46.18 $46.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

43%
43%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

31%
31%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

6%
6%

Vacancy Rate

2%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Business, Administration, Finance and IT
    • Information Processing
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Electro-Technologies
    • Mechanics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Environment, Forestry and Related Studies
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jan 23, 2017

Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) website: www.canwea.ca

Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan) website: www.weican.ca

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Updated Mar 25, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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