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106 Conservation Careers
107 Solar Careers
108 Wind Turbine Careers
109 Entrepreneurs
110 Employee or Employer?
200 Demand Management
201 Summary
202 Residential Energy Profile
203 Ten Conservation Rules
204 HVAC System
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206 Water Heater
207 Lighting
208 Laundry Appliances
209 Calculating Savings
300 Renewable Technology
301 Solar Energy
302 Solar Collectors
303 Solar Water Heating
304 Stirling Engines
305 Basic AC-DC Electronics
306 Silicon Solar Panels
307 Thin Film Solar Panels
308 Wind Turbines
309 Inverters
310 Grid Tied and Off Grid
311 Solar Site Survey
312 Solar Site Diagram
313 Sun Path Chart
314 Site Survey Worksheet
315 Wind Turbine Site Survey
316 Wind Turbine Worksheet
400 Solar Thermal Design
401 Solar Heat Overview
402 System Configuration
403 Site Survey
404 SRCC Compliance
405 System Specification
406 Bill of Materials
407 System Installation
408 Solar Heat Incentives
409 Document Package
410 Future Products
500 Solar PV Design
501 Solar PV Overview
502 System Configuration
503 Site Survey
504 Grid Tied & Off Grid
505 System Specification
506 Bill of Materials
507 System Installation
508 Solar PV Incentives
509 Document Package
510 Future Products
600 Wind Turbine Design
601 Wind Turbine Overview
602 System Configuration
603 Site Survey
604 Grid Tied and Off Grid
605 System Specification
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Green Collar Wind Turbine Careers

Wind Turbines have been the primary system of choice among the utility industry due to the higher likelihood of 24 hour a day power available from them.  Wind Turbine systems also have been proven the most cost effective solution for large scale renewable power generation and as such the majority of Wind Turbine careers are in the industrial sector.  If you prefer corporate life over small business Wind Turbines may be your best career choice.

Wind Turbine career growth has been phenomenal over the last few years and has already created a very competitive talent raiding environment for some key skilled areas.  For example in 2008 a typical Gearbox Engineer was hiring in at $65-$75,000 a year, while in 2009 the same positions are paying $90-$120,000 a year.  Talent raiding trends are expected to continue for the next 4-5 years.  The following is only a partial list of careers.

Carbon Credit Supply Chain - Almost identical to that of the Solar industry, many of these jobs are more likely to be posted on internet job boards as the industry has reached a mature business model.  Excellent ground floor opportunity as no one has experience in this arena!

Wind Turbine Technicians/Installers - Wind Turbines require routine maintenance with mechanical systems (focused on gearbox, brakes and system hydraulics) electrical systems (AC/DC, cabling, and PLC systems), structural integrity and good physical condition.  These positions are generally at the Wind Turbine sites and are often outside of urban centers.  Salaries range from $35000 - $50000 depending on technical skills and experience.

Wind Turbine Operation Engineers - Wind Turbines have gearboxes rated for 2000 HP and more that require engineering attention to detail in order to maintain a long and reliable life.  Skills include large scale gears and bearings, experience with AGMA calculations, data acquisition and analysis, oil analysis, hydraulics, and electromechanical systems.  Demand for these skills are rapidly rising as the installed base of systems begins to age and require service.  Service centers will also require dynamometer knowledge.  Salaries range from $65000 - $120000 depending on technical skills and experience.

Wind Turbine Structural Engineers - Wind Turbine towers are highly stressed structures that require licensed Professional Engineers for the design, installation, commissioning, and inspection.  Most of these positions will work out of a central office with significant travel.  Salaries range from $80000 - $100000 depending on technical skills and experience.

Wind Turbine Electrical Engineers - Wind Turbine electricity is generally converted to DC then inverted to a 3 phase AC sine wave.  Most are low voltage however some larger systems are now in the medium voltage range.  Inverters, IGBTs, phase modules, controllers and ground faults and earth grounding strategies with some medium voltage experience.  Professional Engineering License is beneficial.  Salaries range from $85000 - $140000 depending on technical skills and experience.

Wind Turbine Site Planning Engineers - Wind Turbine site planners work with GPS and wind flow mapping software to identify optimal placement of towers.  Variations in wind velocity, direction, and terrain all vary by location so placement of towers is ultra critical.  Salaries range from $50000 - $80000 depending on technical skills and experience.

Wind Turbine Project Managers - Installation and commissioning of Wind Turbines requires a general high level technical knowledge of the systems and subsystems with heavy reliance on the subject matter experts.  Local codes, utility requirements, contractor management, risk analysis, site safety practices, and tower (tall crane) construction are additional special experiences to have.  Project Managers often have assistants who can evolve their roles into Project Managers.  Salaries range from $100000 - $180000 depending on technical skills and experience.