Wind Energy

Learn about and work with technology related to electricity generation, delivery, and use. Wind Energy Engineers design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.

Wind Energy Engineer Skills:

  • Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems.
  • Analyze operation of wind farms or wind farm components to determine reliability, performance, and compliance with specifications.
  • Create models to optimize the layout of wind farm access roads, crane pads, crane paths, collection systems, substations, switchyards, or transmission lines.
  • Create or maintain wind farm layouts, schematics, or other visual documentation for wind farms.
  • Develop active control algorithms, electronics, software, or electromechanical or electrohydraulic systems for wind turbines.
  • Develop specifications for wind technology components, such as gearboxes, blades, generators, frequency converters, and pad transformers.
  • Direct balance of plant (BOP) construction, generator installation, testing, commissioning, or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) to ensure compliance with specifications.
  • Monitor wind farm construction to ensure compliance with regulatory standards or environmental requirements.
  • Perform root cause analysis on wind turbine tower component failures.
  • Provide engineering technical support to designers of prototype wind turbines.

Education/Experience Needed

An entry-level engineer needs a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or the equivalent. To view a list of available degree programs in your area, use the NEEN Program Locator.


Median Annual Wind Energy Engineer Salary: $97,250
From O*NET 8/2018