Wind Substation Technician
Wind substation technicians perform installation, maintenance and testing of wind energy collection sites (substations) where the power from wind turbines is gathered. They perform inspections of wind turbines and equipment associated with wind energy and document work performed. Additionally, they act promptly in reporting to the site manager any facility or equipment deficiencies in case of damages or emergency situations.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Perform inspections of wind turbines and equipment
- Document all maintenance and repairs performed
- Conduct all work in line with corporate safety policies and programs
- Interpret blueprints to repair mechanical, electrical and/or hydraulic problems
- Conduct voltage testing of electrical power equipment
- Monitor project schedule from the construction of new turbines to routine maintenance
- Be responsible for substation maintenance and upkeep
- Perform a wide range of engineering technology tasks using computer-assisted software and equipment
- Inspect completed substation installations and ensure proper functioning
- Understand medium- and high-voltage electrical systems
- Help troubleshoot any problems that may arise
- Assemble, install and adjust switching gears for the transmission and distribution of high voltage
- Have a working knowledge of fire protection systems and provide or schedule service as needed
- Understand and utilize detailed technical information to solve complex problems
- Act promptly in reporting to the site manager any facility or equipment deficiencies
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education, especially agricultural mechanics
- computer skills
An associate or bachelor’s degree in wind or electrical technology is preferred as well as experience in voltage testing of electrical power equipment. If you are in an area with a large wind turbine presence, you may be able to receive training specific to wind energy systems, which is another option to becoming a wind substation technician.