Energy Jobs: Wind Jobs Blowing in Opportunities for Techs
From the Scottish coastline to the plains of China, wind-generated power is the world’s fastest-growing source of electricity production. However, this global phenomenon is also being embraced closer to home, where states like Iowa and South Dakota, for example, generate more than 25% of their electricity through wind. For a technology that’s been around for 2,000 years, wind is blowing in new possibilities for clean energy. With it come wind jobs for those who can maintain the large turbines among the wind farms that dot landscapes across the country.
The US has experienced a 25% increase in wind turbine use in the last 10 years. This is because wind energy does not lead to air pollution, and wind turbines do not produce emissions that cause greenhouse gases or acid rain in the atmosphere. Especially, wind is clearly a domestic source of energy, with the nation’s supply of it remaining abundant. On a large scale, a single turbine can generate enough power for 600 homes. Wind farms, a collection of these turbines, are often found off the coast or on large plains, and need technicians to ensure they’re generating sufficient power at all times and can withstand variable wind speeds.
Advanced turbines have up to 8,000 components, so technicians are highly qualified and knowledgeable. Most have a degree in mechanical or electrical engineering. Strong mechanical skills are also a must, similar to those of an auto repair technician, according to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Where to find Wind Jobs
According to government statistics, 12 states generate 80 percent of America’s wind power. Texas is the top generator. The others in order: California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, North Dakota and Wyoming.