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Working As A Wind Turbine Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Wind Turbine Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Wind Turbine Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

95.0%

Female

5.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.7%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

4.3%

Unknown

3.8%
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Languages Spoken

Czech

25.0%

Arabic

25.0%

French

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%
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Wind Turbine Engineer Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

8.7%

Dakota State University

8.7%

University of Central Florida

8.7%

William Rainey Harper College

4.3%

Brigham Young University - Idaho

4.3%

Indian Hills Community College

4.3%

North Dakota State University -

4.3%

South University

4.3%

Ohio University -

4.3%

Polytechnic Institute

4.3%

Iowa Lakes Community College

4.3%

Cisco Junior College

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.3%

Iowa Central Community College

4.3%

Texas State Technical College - West Texas

4.3%

Enterprise State Community College

4.3%

Technology Center

4.3%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

4.3%

University of Cincinnati

4.3%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

25.8%

Business

12.9%

Information Systems

6.5%

Electrical Engineering

6.5%

Aerospace Engineering

6.5%

Education

3.2%

Psychology

3.2%

Fire Science And Protection

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.2%

Supply Chain Management

3.2%

Civil Engineering

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.2%

Plant Sciences

3.2%

Aviation

3.2%

Chemistry

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.2%
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Degrees

Masters

32.3%

Other

22.6%

Bachelors

22.6%

Associate

16.1%

Diploma

3.2%

Doctorate

3.2%
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Real Wind Turbine Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Turbine Engineer Garrad Hassan America, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 17, 2013 $117,916
Turbine Engineer Garrad Hassan America, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 16, 2010 $114,034
Senior Wind Turbine Engineer Rope Partner, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Sep 26, 2015 $100,176
Wind Turbine Electrical Engineer Iberdrola Renewables, LLC Portland, OR Nov 10, 2014 $98,000
Turbine Engineer Elliott Company Jeannette, PA Nov 19, 2014 $88,715
Turbine Engineer Elliott Company Jeannette, PA Nov 22, 2013 $88,715
Wind Turbine Engineer Romax Technology, Inc. Boulder, CO Nov 30, 2014 $85,600
Turbine Engineer Elliott Company Jeannette, PA Nov 19, 2011 $84,296
Wind Turbine Engineer Romax Technology, Inc. Boulder, CO Jun 03, 2011 $84,000
Wind Turbine Engineer Romax Technology, Inc. Boulder, CO Aug 02, 2010 $84,000
Senior Wind Turbine Performance Engineer EDP Renewables North America LLC Houston, TX Feb 01, 2015 $82,600 -
$102,000
Wind Turbine Engineer DET Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. Seattle, WA May 16, 2016 $77,917 -
$94,411
Wind Turbine Engineer DNV Renewables (USA) Inc. Seattle, WA Dec 01, 2011 $77,000 -
$87,000
Wind Turbine Engineer DNV Renewalbes (USA), Inc. Seattle, WA Dec 01, 2011 $77,000 -
$87,000
Wind Turbine Engineer Romax Technology, Inc. Boulder, CO Oct 01, 2012 $75,000
Wind Turbine Engineer Romax Technology, Inc. Boulder, CO Dec 01, 2011 $75,000
Wind Turbine Engineer DNV KEMA Renewables, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 01, 2015 $73,889 -
$83,547
Wind Turbine Applications Engineer General Electric Company-Infrastructure Schenectady, NY Jun 27, 2010 $72,000
Wind Turbine Engineer Rope Partner, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Sep 26, 2015 $70,958
Wind Turbine Engineer Rope Partner, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Sep 26, 2015 $70,000
Wind Turbine Performance Engineer EDP Renewables North America LLC Houston, TX Mar 26, 2015 $70,000 -
$80,000
Wind Turbine Performance Engineer EDP Renewables North America, LLC Houston, TX Sep 16, 2013 $70,000 -
$80,000

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Top Skills for A Wind Turbine Engineer

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  1. 5000Kw Turbo Generator
  2. Plant Safety
  3. Blade Drive
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  • Assisted the B/T Shift Engineer in coordinating inter-department activities to ensure employee and plant safety.
  • Caliper measurements at three locations of the blade drive modeling dimensions.
  • Researched, tested, procured, and implemented a coating system for Wind Turbine Blades for Newton facility.
  • Supported GE, Siemens, Gamesa, Encore, GES with Turbine Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Repair of equipment.

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