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Wind Turbine Jobs – Titles, Salaries, Training and Certification

Wind generation has become America’s number one source of renewable electricity generation, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The EIA says that wind generation totaled 300 million megawatt hours (MWh) last year, compared to 26 million MWh generated by hydroelectric power.

And that’s good news for people in the wind turbine industry – or people seeking wind turbine jobs – as well as people who make, sell and calibrate torque tools, which are invaluable for turbine construction.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the current wind turbine jobs forecast – what jobs are out there, what they entail – and discuss how torque tools can help people in this field.

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[CASE STUDY] E-RAD Torque Equipment and the Wind Turbine Industry

When building a wind turbine, one of the factors crews must contend with is...wind.

There’s a term for it in the industry: “getting winded out.” When it happens, crews need to work quickly to make up for lost time.Turbines are naturally built in places that get a lot of wind, but if conditions get too windy, it isn’t safe for workers to be up in a tower.

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Safety Tips for the Wind Turbine Industry

While wind power is one of the safest ways to generate energy, workers in the wind industry still face hazards on the job.

Hazardous weather, heights, and regular on-the-job injuries are all issues that affect wind turbine construction safety.

Here are some wind turbine safety practices as suggested by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Windpower Engineering and Development magazine.

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Wind Turbine Maintenance Requires Calibrated Tools

Like any piece of machinery, a wind turbine can only do its job with proper maintenance. Vibration and movement put stress on the turbine, which means the bolts holding them together must be recalibrated and retightened frequently.

It takes a lot of bolts to keep a wind turbine turning – roughly 1,500 per some estimates – which means wind turbine maintenance requires precise, durable tools.

“Because of the rigorous physical demands faced by technicians, not having the proper tool can slow down maintenance, or, more troubling, may increase the chances of a task being performed with a tool that is less than optimal,” writes Mark Del Franco in North American Wind Power.

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