Wind Energy Engineers
SOC: 17-2199.10


Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
136,900 employed

Projected (2024):
142,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Aerodynamic Consultant
  • Aerodynamics Engineer
  • Application Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Field Test Engineer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Project Designer, Transmission and Distribution Engineering
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Engineer/Practice Leader-Land Development and Engineering
  • Senior Project Engineer
  • Senior Wind Energy Consultant
  • Structural Engineer
  • Turbine Engineer
  • Turbine Measurements Engineer
  • Utility Engineer
  • Wind Energy Engineer
  • Wind Farm Designer
  • Wind Farm Electrical Systems Designer
  • Wind Farm Engineer
  • Wind Farm Siting and Development Consultant
  • Wind Science and Planning
  • Wind Turbine Controls Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Design Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Electrical Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Mechanical Engineer
  • Wind Turbine Performance Engineer

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Write reports to document wind farm collector system test results.
  • Oversee the work activities of wind farm consultants or subcontractors.
  • Recommend process or infrastructure changes to improve wind turbine performance, reduce operational costs, or comply with regulations.
  • Investigate experimental wind turbines or wind turbine technologies for properties such as aerodynamics, production, noise, and load.
  • Test wind turbine equipment to determine effects of stress or fatigue.
  • Test wind turbine components, using mechanical or electronic testing equipment.
  • Provide engineering technical support to designers of prototype wind turbines.
  • Perform root cause analysis on wind turbine tower component failures.
  • 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.
  • Develop specifications for wind technology components, such as gearboxes, blades, generators, frequency converters, and pad transformers.
  • Develop active control algorithms, electronics, software, electromechanical, or electrohydraulic systems for wind turbines.
  • Create or maintain wind farm layouts, schematics, or other visual documentation for wind farms.
  • Create models to optimize the layout of wind farm access roads, crane pads, crane paths, collection systems, substations, switchyards, or transmission lines.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Barometric pressure sensors
  • Cup anemometers
  • Dataloggers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Electronic temperature sensors
  • Handheld global positioning system GPS units
  • Laptop computers
  • Light detection and ranging LIDAR systems
  • Mainframe computers
  • Portable meteorological stations
  • Propeller anemometers
  • Pyranometers
  • Recording anemometers
  • Soil samplers
  • Sonic detection and ranging SODAR equipment
  • Wind vanes
  • ANSYS software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Bentley Microstation
  • C++
  • Computational fluid dynamics CFD software
  • DIgSILENT PowerFactory
  • EMD International WindPRO
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcGIS Spatial Analyst
  • ESRI ArcInfo
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • GE Energy Positive Sequence Load Flow Software PSLF
  • Geographic information system GIS software
  • Global Mapper Software Global Mapper
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Manitoba HVDC Research Centre PSCAD
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Visual Basic.NET
  • Microsoft Visual C# .NET
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle Primavera Systems software
  • Power system modeling software
  • PowerWorld Corporation PowerWorld Simulator
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • ReSoft WindFarm
  • Risoe National Laboratory Wind Atlas Analysis and Application Program WAsP
  • Schneider Electric Direct Coordination
  • Siemens PSS Product Suite
  • SKM Systems Analysis Power Tools
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Web browser software
  • Web conferencing software
  • WindSim

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980