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Wind Energy Engineer Job Description

Wind Energy Engineer Job Description

Wind energy engineers are engineering specialists who work in a subfield of energy engineering and use science and math to develop technology that creates electricity from wind. Wind engineers are responsible for researching, designing, developing and maintaining wind farm collection systems, and for ensuring that they comply with environmental regulations as well and quality and safety standards.

Many people are becoming interested in alternative energy sources, and wind energy is one such source, which is why wind engineering is a growing field. Wind engineering jobs are expected to increase by more than 10 percent through the year 2018.

Skills and qualifications

Wind energy engineers must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering. The best way to become a wind engineer is to study energy engineering. Wind engineers must be certified to work for the government. Engineers with significant experience in the energy field who do not have degrees relevant to the field can take the necessary classes and exams required to become wind engineers. For entry-level jobs, most employers will favour candidates with a few years of experience in the power generation industry.

Wind engineers must have excellent analytical skills and be very detail-oriented. Since a lot of their duties include supervision and management, good interpersonal and communication skills are a must.

Work

Wind energy engineers typically work with civil, industrial, and mechanical engineers to create wind energy structures. The wind engineer will design, develop and create wind farm collector systems, the machines used to harness the wind. Wind engineers will conduct research to pinpoint the locations that provide optimal conditions for wind farming and then proceed to the planning stage.

When they are not designing new wind farms, wind energy engineers will be involved in optimizing existing ones, inspecting components to ensure that they are reliable, compliant and perform well. They can also work on improving access roads and crane paths to wind farms. Another one of their tasks is to develop electronic systems, software control algorithms, and electro hydraulic systems for wind turbines. Wind engineers typically also supervise the installation of generators and are involved until the testing and commissioning stage. They produce technical documentation for all the work done and provide support to designers who create prototypes of wind turbines.

Wind energy engineers are also responsible for making sure that the equipment is properly maintained and functional at all times, and that it complies with all the relevant safety regulations. When designing the equipment, it is the wind engineer's responsibility to ensure that it meets the quality standards and that there are no issues regarding future maintenance. In addition to keeping up with the latest technology and creating and installing equipment, wind engineers also negotiate new contracts, as well as inspect the area where wind energy will be used. Wind engineers must be aware of the cost and revenues of a project, as they are the ones held accountable for any budgeting problems. They will also typically act as liaisons between fuel providers, geologists and other specialists involved in the project.