What does a Wind Energy Engineer do?
Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems and prepare and develop site specifications.
- Write reports to document wind farm collector system test results.
- Oversee the work activities of wind farm consultants or subcontractors.
- Recommend process or infrastructure changes to improve wind turbine performance, reduce operational costs, or comply with regulations.
- Investigate experimental wind turbines or wind turbine technologies for properties such as aerodynamics, production, noise, and load.
- Test wind turbine equipment to determine effects of stress or fatigue.
- Test wind turbine components, using mechanical or electronic testing equipment.
- Provide engineering technical support to designers of prototype wind turbines.
- Perform root cause analysis on wind turbine tower component failures.
- Monitor wind farm construction to ensure compliance with regulatory standards or environmental requirements.
- Direct balance of plant (BOP) construction, generator installation, testing, commissioning, or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) to ensure compliance with specifications.
- Develop specifications for wind technology components, such as gearboxes, blades, generators, frequency converters, and pad transformers.
- Develop active control algorithms, electronics, software, electromechanical, or electrohydraulic systems for wind turbines.
- Create or maintain wind farm layouts, schematics, or other visual documentation for wind farms.
- Create models to optimize the layout of wind farm access roads, crane pads, crane paths, collection systems, substations, switchyards, or transmission lines.
- Design underground or overhead wind farm collector systems.
- Analyze operation of wind farms or wind farm components to determine reliability, performance, and compliance with specifications.