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Wind Energy Engineers

Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.   (O'Net 17-2199.10)

 
Reported job titles:   Aerodynamic Consultant, Aerodynamics Engineer, Application Engineer, Engineer, Field Test Engineer, Principal Engineer, Project Designer, Transmission and Distribution Engineering, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Engineer/Practice Leader-Land Development and Engineering, Senior Project Engineer, Senior Wind Energy Consultant, Structural Engineer, Turbine Measurements Engineer, Utility Engineer, Wind Energy Engineer, Wind Farm Designer, Wind Farm Electrical Systems Designer, Wind Farm Engineer, Wind Farm Siting and Development Consultant, Wind Science and Planning, Wind Turbine Controls Engineer, Wind Turbine Design Engineer, Wind Turbine Electrical Engineer, Wind Turbine Engineer, Wind Turbine Mechanical Engineer, Wind Turbine Performance Engineer
 
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    Wages
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                          - Biochemical Engineers
                          - Validation Engineers
                          - Energy Engineers
                          - Manufacturing Engineers
                          - Mechatronics Engineers
                          - Microsystems Engineers
                          - Photonics Engineers
                          - Robotics Engineers
                          - Nanosystems Engineers
                          - Wind Energy Engineers
                          - Solar Energy Systems Engineers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 26.90   $ 34.13   $ 40.97   $ 46.71   $ 50.54   $ 40.21  
    Yearly $55,950   $70,990   $85,210   $97,150   $105,130   $83,630  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 24.98   $ 32.60   $ 41.09   $ 47.24   $ 54.16   $ 40.55  
    Yearly $51,950   $67,810   $85,470   $98,250   $112,650   $84,350  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 31.24   $ 34.67   $ 39.83   $ 44.48   $ 47.37   $ 38.45  
    Yearly $64,970   $72,110   $82,850   $92,510   $98,530   $79,970  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                                  - Biochemical Engineers
                                  - Validation Engineers
                                  - Energy Engineers
                                  - Manufacturing Engineers
                                  - Mechatronics Engineers
                                  - Microsystems Engineers
                                  - Photonics Engineers
                                  - Robotics Engineers
                                  - Nanosystems Engineers
                                  - Wind Energy Engineers
                                  - Solar Energy Systems Engineers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 64 63 -0.2% 1
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                                - Biochemical Engineers
                                - Validation Engineers
                                - Energy Engineers
                                - Manufacturing Engineers
                                - Mechatronics Engineers
                                - Microsystems Engineers
                                - Photonics Engineers
                                - Robotics Engineers
                                - Nanosystems Engineers
                                - Wind Energy Engineers
                                - Solar Energy Systems Engineers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 21.1%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 11.5%
    Scientific research and development services 6.5%
    Administrative and support services 6.4%
    Transportation equipment manufacturing 6.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Wind Energy Engineers
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  • Create or maintain wind farm layouts, schematics, or other visual documentation for wind farms.
     
  • Recommend process or infrastructure changes to improve wind turbine performance, reduce operational costs, or comply with regulations.
     
  • Create models to optimize the layout of wind farm access roads, crane pads, crane paths, collection systems, substations, switchyards, or transmission lines.
     
  • Provide engineering technical support to designers of prototype wind turbines.
     
  • Investigate experimental wind turbines or wind turbine technologies for properties such as aerodynamics, production, noise, and load.
     
  • Develop active control algorithms, electronics, software, electromechanical, or electrohydraulic systems for wind turbines.
     
  • Develop specifications for wind technology components, such as gearboxes, blades, generators, frequency converters, and pad transformers.
     
  • Test wind turbine components, using mechanical or electronic testing equipment.
     
  • Oversee the work activities of wind farm consultants or subcontractors.
     
  • Test wind turbine equipment to determine effects of stress or fatigue.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Wind Energy Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
    for Wind Energy Engineers
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Wind Energy Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Skills
    for Wind Energy Engineers
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Wind Energy Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Abilities
    for Wind Energy Engineers
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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Wind Energy Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Work Activities
    for Wind Energy Engineers
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  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Wind Energy Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    Interests
    for Wind Energy Engineers
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Wind Energy Engineers  updated July 2013
     


    Work Styles
    for Wind Energy Engineers
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  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Wind Energy Engineers  updated July 2012
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Wind Energy Engineers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Engineer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Professional Engineering
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Wind Energy Engineers
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Wind Energy Engineers  updated July 2012
     


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    offering instructional programs related to Wind Energy Engineers
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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