Wind Energy Engineer

Also called: Project Designer, Transmission and Distribution Engineering, Project Engineer, Senior Engineer/Practice Leader-Land Development and Engineering, Senior Project Engineer, Senior Wind Energy Consultant

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Wind energy engineers design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.

  • 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, or 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.
  • Monitor wind farm construction to ensure compliance with regulatory standards or environmental requirements.
  • Direct balance of plant (BOP) construction, generator installation, testing, commissioning, or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) to ensure compliance with specifications.
  • Analyze operation of wind farms or wind farm components to determine reliability, performance, and compliance with specifications.
  • Perform root cause analysis on wind turbine tower component failures.
  • Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems.
  • Write reports to document wind farm collector system test results.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 92% responded "Every day".
  • Spend Time Sitting — 61% responded "Continually or almost continually".
  • Telephone — 49% responded "Every day".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 44% responded "Every day".
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 43% responded "Some freedom".
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 45% responded "Extremely important".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 68% responded "Every day".
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Work Activities
  • 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.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • 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.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Document design or operational test results.
  • Direct energy production or management activities.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
  • Research design or application of green technologies.
  • Test green technologies or processes.
  • Test green technologies or processes.
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Knowledge

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.
Mathematics
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Design
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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Skills

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.
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Abilities

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).
Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Mathematical Reasoning
  • The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

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Operating system software
  • UNIX Hot Technology
  • Linux Hot Technology
Data base management system software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Hot Technology
Project management software
  • Microsoft Project Hot Technology
  • Oracle Primavera Systems
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