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A Couple Facts About Wind Technicians
Do you have a curiosity for the world’s energy systems? More specifically – do you have a curiosity for the world’s wind energy systems? For those of you who may not know much about wind turbine technicians, or for those who are already training in the Energy and Industrial Technician program, here are a couple of things you should know about this exciting profession.
Wind Techs Go Extreme
Wind Power Technicians must inspect and service a turbine’s blades on a regular basis. This is done by entering the turbine through the base of the tower and climbing a ladder or riding an elevator up through the tower shaft. Depending on the task at hand, technicians may be suspended hundreds of feet in the air! When needed, it’s not uncommon for helicopters to raise technicians up to the desired working height. Talk about an interesting day at the office!
While this job may not be suitable for the faint of heart, precautions are taken to ensure workers are kept as safe as possible. Turbines are shut off before anyone enters them. Technicians generally work in teams of two and they wear gear such as safety harnesses, hardhats and safety goggles. While the work may be dangerous at times, technician safety remains a top priority.
You Can Make a Good Living
Based on statistics provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the May 2012 Occupational Employment Statistics, wind turbine technicians make an average salary ranging from $30,170 to $66,960. You may not make this much right out of school, but as you gather experience, your pay may rise accordingly. Geographical location will likely play a factor in determining your salary, as many energy companies will adjust wages according to the cost of living in the area. Some also decide to work as traveling wind technicians. Wind Power Technicians tend to earn a higher salary based on their mobility and willingness to go wherever the wind farms are. If you’re into the traveling lifestyle, this may be a great option for you!
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What is So Great About Wind Energy?
In this day and age, more and more of a focus is being placed on generating cost-efficient, environmentally friendly energy sources. And with these new industry emphases comes increased demand for qualified energy technicians. That’s why MIAT offers a Wind Power Technician program that provides students the skills they need to be successful in this innovative field. As one of the world’s growing power sources, read a few reasons why wind energy has become a prominent player in the industry.
Wind is cleaner than most other energy sources
Wind farms have very little impact on the environment compared to other types of power plants – the power generated by wind farms doesn’t contaminate the air we breathe. Wind turbines don’t emit pollutants the way other energy sources do, resulting in less smog and fewer greenhouse gas emissions, such as CO2. Wind energy is a clean way to combat the growing concern among many regarding the world’s climate change.
Wind is a renewable energy source
As far as we know, the earth isn’t going to run out of wind anytime soon. By taking advantage of this ever-lasting energy, wind technicians won’t reduce the world’s natural resources. Fossil fuels such as oil and coal exist in a fixed supply, and require a significant amount of time and money to extract from the earth. Wind, on the other hand, is completely free and will be blowing around even longer than we are.
Wind turbines are space-efficient
Compared to the average power station, wind turbines take up very little physical space. Turbine bases only take up a handful of square meters and are spread apart from one another because of the extensive blade lengths. This creates plenty of open land surrounding the bases that can be used for other purposes, such as traditional farming and other agriculture.
Moving forward, the wind energy business is only going to become smarter, so MIAT’s Wind Power Technician Program is training students in the latest trends and practices they’ll need to become successful.
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Since 1969 MIAT School of Technology has helped thousands of individuals get the industry-relevant skills, experience and connections it takes to pursue rewarding technical careers. After more than 45 years in technical career education, MIAT has built an excellent reputation and strong working relationships with top employers.
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