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Wind turbine engineers research, design and oversee the build of onshore and offshore wind farms and power plants.
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There are multiple routes to becoming a wind turbine engineer. You could complete a university course or an apprenticeship.
You should explore these routes to becoming a wind turbine engineer to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To become a wind turbine engineer, you could complete an undergraduate or postgraduate university course in a relevant subject, such as:
You could train to become a wind turbine engineer by completing a degree apprenticeship in power or nuclear engineering.
You'll need 4 - 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a wind turbine engineer. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a wind turbine engineer include:
As a wind turbine engineer, you will plan, design and oversee the build of wind-generated power plants.
The job role of a wind turbine engineer involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a wind turbine engineer varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
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Check out the latest wind turbine engineer vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
As a wind turbine engineer, you could move into renewable energy planning or policy development.
You could also work as a self-employed consultant.