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What Wind Turbine Technicians Do
How to Become a Wind Turbine Technician
How Do Wind Turbines Work?
UTILITY-SCALE WIND TURBINES
OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES
SINGLE SMALL TURBINES
Wind turbine service technicians, also known as windtechs, install, maintain, and repair wind turbines.
Wind turbine service technicians typically do the following:
Inspect the exterior and physical integrity of wind turbine towers
Climb wind turbine towers to inspect or repair wind turbine equipment
Perform routine maintenance on wind turbines
Test and troubleshoot electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic components and systems
Replace worn or malfunctioning components
Collect turbine data for testing or research and analysis
Service underground transmission systems, wind field substations, or fiber optic sensing and control systems
Wind turbines are large mechanical devices that convert wind energy into electricity. The turbine is made up of three major components: a tower, three blades, and a nacelle, which is composed of an outer case, generator, gearbox, and brakes. Wind turbine service technicians install and repair the components of these structures.
Although some windtechs are involved in building new wind turbines, most of their work is in maintaining them, particularly the nacelles, which contain the equipment that generates electricity.
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