Wind Energy Engineer

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Chemical, Biomedical, and Related Engineering

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Wind Energy Engineer earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $88,750

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $90,981

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Engineers and designs wind energy equipment and components or designs wind energy sites. Develops site specifications and design and installation plans for wind farms.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina3+13%
Nationwide34+6.4%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Wind Energy Engineer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • English: English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Wind Power: Wind power is the use of air flow through wind turbines to mechanically power generators for electric power.
  • Wind Turbines: A wind turbine is a device that converts the wind's kinetic energy into electrical energy.
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Customer Contact: Experience working with business processes and technologies that are designed to engage customers and facilitate communication by a variety of channels.
  • Professional Engineer: A Professional Engineer (PE) is an engineer certified by a state board of registration to practice engineering.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Wind Energy Engineer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Medium Voltage: Working experience of Medium Voltage, which ranges from 2,000 to 35,000 Volts. Medium-voltage cables are commonly used in mobile substation equipment, for distribution of power in industrial settings and in mining to supply power to drills, shovels, haulers, etc.
  • Power Generation: Electricity generation is the process of generating electric power from sources of primary energy.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Energy Industry: The energy industry is the totality of all of the industries involved in the production and sale of energy, including fuel extraction, manufacturing, refining and distribution.
  • Medium Voltage: Working experience of Medium Voltage, which ranges from 2,000 to 35,000 Volts. Medium-voltage cables are commonly used in mobile substation equipment, for distribution of power in industrial settings and in mining to supply power to drills, shovels, haulers, etc.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years45%
3 to 5 years38%
6 to 8 years17%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Project Engineer P E Off- Wind Energy
  • Project Manager II - Wind Energy
  • Project Engineer P E - Off- Wind Energy
  • Wind Energy Project Manager
  • Project Engineer - Energy

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