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Wind Turbine Technician

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Wind turbine technicians are responsible for keeping wind turbine equipment running smoothly. Their work involves maintaining, testing and repairing mechanical and electrical equipment and monitoring daily performance. They work at onshore or offshore wind farms.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Salaries may vary, depending on:

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £3.90 an hour (1 April 2019). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

In Scotland salaries for qualified wind turbine technicians start around £25,000 a year. This rises to between £30,000 and £40,000 a year with further experience. Some employers may offer additional benefits such as travel allowance, and a bonus and company pension scheme.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Typical employers are wind turbine manufacturers and companies specialising in developing, constructing and operating onshore and offshore wind farms. There are also opportunities with renewable energy operation, maintenance or utility companies.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
827
1.8 %
RISE
2024
842
  United Kingdom
2019
4686
2.4 %
RISE
2024
4798

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

According to a report from Cambridge Econometrics, it is predicted that direct employment in the UK offshore wind sector could reach 21,000 jobs by 2032.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

EngineeringUK
Website: http://www.engineeringuk.com
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Tel: 020 7222 7899
E-mail: enquiries@imeche.org
Website: http://www.imeche.org
Twitter: @IMechE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/imeche

RenewableUK
Tel: 020 7901 3000
E-mail: info@renewableuk.com
Website: http://www.renewableuk.com
Twitter: @RenewableUK

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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