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Updated / Emerging Occupations

Wind Turbine Technician

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

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

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 1 year post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed 3,200
  • 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) 
  • 2016 NOC: Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243) 
Skills Shortage*

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

26%
26%
*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 Not 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 Mar 31, 2020

Wind turbine technicians service and maintain wind turbines. Duties vary from one employer to another. 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 (greasing, oil changing, and cleaning wind turbine components) using standard and specialized tools and equipment
  • Complete reports and other paperwork as required
  • Use safety equipment and follow safety procedures at all times
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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

Wind turbine technicians climb ladders to heights of 60 to 100 metres several times a day. They work in small spaces and a variety of weather conditions. They may have to climb stairs and lift, push, carry, or pull heavy items.

There is risk of injury. Technicians must observe safety precautions at all times. This is especially true when climbing ladders, working at heights, and working on electrical systems.

Some wind turbine technicians may need to travel. They may be away from home for weeks at a time.

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Wind turbine technicians need:

  • Good hearing and eyesight
  • Manual dexterity
  • Electrical and mechanical aptitudes
  • Communication, computer, and reading skills
  • The ability to work in confined spaces and at heights over 100 metres
  • The ability to pay careful attention to detail
  • The ability and desire to keep up with changes in technology

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

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation and therefore come from various education and training backgrounds. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field. This will help them research education and employment options.

Specific hiring requirements for wind turbine technicians vary from one employer to another. However, 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 need to pass medical and vision exams and pre-employment drug screening)
  • Have at least a 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

Complete appropriate safety training, such as high angle rescue and 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 Mar 31, 2020

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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 systems

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 [pdf] in this occupation is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Trends and events affecting overall employment, especially in industries listed above
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the C143: Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.1% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 58 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2020

Incomes in this occupation vary widely. Factors include the technician’s location in Alberta, experience, education, and turbine specialization. Wind turbine technicians earn $22 to $26 an hour for entry-level positions and $32 to $38 per hour for those with a related journeyperson ticket (2019 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
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  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $46.25 $25.39 $21.45
Overall $24.33 $50.62 $34.41 $36.20
Top $28.30 $52.88 $42.17 $43.14

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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

26%
26%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

21%
21%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

0%
0%

Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
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  • Environment, Forestry and Related Studies
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2020

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

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

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Updated Mar 31, 2020. 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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