WBUR: Wind Turbine Technician Blows Away Competition as Country's Fastest-Growing Job

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wind turbine technician is the fastest-growing job in the United States, and its popularity is only expected to rise.

In fact, the options for new technicians are so numerous that "the dilemma that graduates have from these programs is that they've got to choose which company to take a job with," says Daniel Lutat of Iowa Lakes Community College, which has one of the country's largest training programs for wind turbine technicians.

With the number of available positions expected to double over the next decade, it may lead one to ask: What exactly does a wind turbine technician do? 

A wind turbine technician maintains everything from power generation systems to mechanical, instrumentation, and communication systems. They work from the construction phase through operations and maintenance to the post-warranty phase. They are essentially "bumper-to-bumper maintenance guys," says Lutat.

That leads us to the next question: How does someone become a wind turbine technician? At Iowa Lakes Community College, the degree program length is two years. All you need is a high school diploma and a good understanding of algebra and basic physics for problem solving on the job. 

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