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Wind turbine technician Green Job

Wind turbine technicians maintain and repair wind farm turbines on land and at sea.

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £47,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40 a week

You could work: on call; occasionally

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Future employment

There will be 0.5% more Wind turbine technician jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a wind turbine technician, you could:

  • install wind turbine towers on land or at sea
  • fit electrical, mechanical and hydraulic equipment
  • test turbine blades and control systems
  • carry out maintenance, find faults and fix them
  • run safety checks on electrical substations and cables
  • complete safety reports and record job details

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in remote rural areas or at sea.

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • renewable energy engineering
  • electrical or mechanical engineering
  • electrical power engineering

It might give you an advantage if your course includes the opportunity to get work experience through summer internships or a year in industry.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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College

You could do a college course, which could help you to get a trainee job with a wind turbine engineering company.

Courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
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Apprenticeship

You could do an Engineering Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or a Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

These can take between 3 and 4 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs if you've got qualifications and experience in electrical or mechanical engineering from another industry, or from the armed forces.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • You'll also need safety training to work on wind turbines. This could include sea survival if you're working offshore. Your employer will let you know what's required.
  • pass background checks
  • have a full driving licence

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Career tips

Companies are predicted to need more wind turbine technicians in the future as they move to renewable energy sources.

Further information

You can find out more about a career as a wind turbine technician from RenewableUK.

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You could become an authorised technician, with responsibility for supervising a technical team, and dealing with health and safety.

With further training, you could also work as:an operations and maintenance manager; a control systems engineer; an energy engineer

How does this job help to address the impacts of climate change and protect wildlife and nature in the West of England?

Wind Turbine Technicians are needed to install and service turbine towers on land or at sea as part of the West of England's focus on low carbon and renewable energy in the region.

Examples of post-16 courses you could study at local schools or colleges

  • Maths, Sciences A-levels
  • Level 2/3 Engineering 
  • Engineering and Manufacturing T-Level (available from 2024)

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Apprenticeships you may be able to take with local employers

  • Level 2-3 Engineering Apprenticeship
  • Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician

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Examples of post-18 courses you could study at local higher education providers

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For more information on the different routes you can take to get into working as an wind turbine engineer, take a look at the 'Routes into this job' section above. 

Click here for an explanation of the different course and apprenticeship levels.

Local employers 

  • Babcock
  • EDF

For more local employment opportunities see the 'Live job vacancies by region' section above.

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What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain tools and equipment
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • problem-solving skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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