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Published on January 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

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Life as a Wind Turbine Technician [VIDEOS]

January 19th, 2011 by  

Following up on the base jumping from wind turbines video I shared yesterday, here’s a video on working as a wind turbine technician for wind energy giant Vestas (or working as a wind turbine technician, in general). Maybe a little PR behind it, but looks like a nice job (definitely better than working as a coal miner or at a coal power plant).

With a fast-growing wind industry, there is a bit of a shortage of wind turbine technicians, but community colleges are beginning to pick up the slack.

Fore some more detail, here’s another video of some wind turbine technicians’ first climb at a community college in Iowa.

And from this last video (below), A Day-in-the-Life of Wind Turbine Service Technician, a comment on the great service being a wind turbine technician entails;

“Besides being able to take care of my family, I’m also being able to take care of the community and the nation at large just by doing my daily work activities.”

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  • L.Leaf

    Hello, i was wondering if there was any way to get into contact with Jeremiah Dye, for example email? id like to ask him advice about schools for becoming a Wind Turbine Technician? Thanks

  • Anonymous

    I remember a comment a few months back in which a college administrator was complaining that many of their students were not finishing their training courses.

    Seems like the wind farms were so hungry for workers that they were hiring people after they had completed the first months of training and putting them to work.

    Hard on the college’s statistics, but encouraging for those who are looking for a new career.

    We I looking for a school, I’d be Googling junior colleges in the windy parts of the nation.

    • Anonymous

      Not the biggest problem in the world, eh? 😀

      • Anonymous

        If students are still getting hired out of the classroom it might be time for certification programs to redesign their curriculum.

        Create a short minimum program which could be completed in a few months, send students into the field to learn on the job, and offer the remainder of the program on line.

      • Anonymous

        If students are still getting hired out of the classroom it might be time for certification programs to redesign their curriculum.

        Create a short minimum program which could be completed in a few months, send students into the field to learn on the job, and offer the remainder of the program on line.

  • Robert

    Check out Air-Streams. I start training there next week.

    • Shaynejames86

      yeah man, technicians are now booming and im in the process of going to college to be one.

      • Anonymous

        Nice 😀

  • Veg2

    hi , where s the best school or course to do a wind turbine technician? thanks

  • Rzimon2

    Hey enjoyed the videos. I am in process of getting ready to attend training at Air-Streams to become a technician. Can you email me some more on what its like daily doing this job? That would be helpful.

    rzimon2@hotmail.com

    Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve got no info on it, but maybe someone will chime in.

      If you’re interested, happy to have you write about your experiences doing so. Would be a great series!

      If interested, shoot me an email at zach@importantmedia.org

      • Robert

        Aren’t you a technician?

        • Caroline

          im looking for a wt tec course in thew UK but canbt find anything….anyone have any ideas? thanks!! caroline@windaid.org

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