Potential Career/Occupation Information

Wind Energy Engineer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.
Duties: Create or maintain wind farm layouts, schematics, or other visual documentation for wind farms. Recommend process or infrastructure changes to improve wind turbine performance, reduce operational costs, or comply with regulations. Create models to optimize the layout of wind farm access roads, crane pads, crane paths, collection systems, substations, switchyards, or transmission lines. Provide engineering technical support to designers of prototype wind turbines. Investigate experimental wind turbines or wind turbine technologies for properties such as aerodynamics, production, noise, and load.
Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Expected to grow slower than average from 2014 to 2024 with approximately 33000 new job openings. Most positions can be found in Government, Manufacturing, and Scientific and Technical Services Industries.
Growth: Growth
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Most positions require a bachelor's degree in energy engineering, mechanical engineering, or another relevant field of engineering from an ABET-accredited program. However, many jobs require graduate degrees, and some require doctorates. Some academic programs offer concentrations in environmental engineering.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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