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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 N/A
  • Employed 5,300
  • In Demand Lower
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

74%
74%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Wind Turbine Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
NOC code: 2243
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 undertake the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods of problem solving. Duties may typically include testing, troubleshooting, inspecting, calibrating, drafting, maintaining, modelling, compiling, estimating, 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
  • demonstration of proficiency in English.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

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? and the Alberta regulatory organization below.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated technicians, see Mechanical Engineering Technician Certification Process (PDF) on AlbertaCanada.com.

Contact Details

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

Salary data is available for the larger National Occupational Classification 2243: Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics as part of the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey.

Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
NOC code: 2243

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
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  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.46 $47.34 $36.53 $38.00
Overall $26.85 $51.29 $40.70 $41.00
Top $30.00 $64.07 $45.66 $44.00

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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.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Construction
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
Manufacturing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

74%
74%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

32%
32%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

2%
2%

2015 Vacancy Rate

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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

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

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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