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Wind Energy Project Managers

Overview | Related Occupations | Outlook | Helpful High School Courses | Preparation | Related Educational Programs | Additional Sources of Information

Overview

Wind energy project managers oversee all phases of design and construction of wind energy farms.

Wind energy project managers work with engineers who plan, build, and bring online new wind energy farms. They focus on the scope of the wind farm, assigning tasks, determining schedules and costs, and setting goals and deadlines.

Wind energy project managers review potential new sites for wind energy farms. They read environmental studies and consult civil engineering surveys. They make sure proper permits are obtained.

Project managers review bids from different contractors to see what companies offer the best services for the best price. They review contracts and budgets to contain costs.

They coordinate all construction activities. They oversee contractors who transport and build the turbines and substations. They review documents and make regular inspections to ensure the work complies with laws and regulations.

Project managers also negotiate tax agreements and contracts. Project managers may have to work with private owners as well as local and state governments to negotiate the use of land and air.

Managers write detailed status reports during the building process. If needed, they make changes to forecasts, budgets and schedules.

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Related Occupations

Occupational Clusters:

  • Architecture and Construction

Related Occupations:

Hawaii Career Pathways:

  • Industrial & Engineering Technology

Related O*NET Specialties:

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Wages

Wind energy project managers with the appropriate experience and training can expect to earn between $50,000 and $70,000 annually.

Managers, all other

Location
Pay
Period
25%
Median
75%
Hawaii Hourly
$29.66
$40.81
$53.81
Yearly
$61,700
$84,890
$111,930

Honolulu

Hourly
$30.22
$42.77
$55.19
Yearly
$62.860
$88,960
$114,800
United States Hourly
$34.92
$48.51
$62.38
Yearly
$72,620
$100,890
$129,760

Outlook

Analysts expect that the wind-power industry will continue to grow rapidly. This is due to government incentives and increased consumer interest.

Managers, all other

   
Employment
Employment Change
 
2010
2020
Number
Percent
National
828,100
893,500
65,400
7.9
State
4,990
5,370
380
7.6

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Helpful High School Courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum may be different from our state's graduation requirements. Click here for public school graduation requirements for the Class of 2014 and 2015. Click here for the graduation requirements for the Class of 2016 and beyond. Click here for public school graduation requirements for students graduating in 2013 or later. If you attend a private school, check with your school counselor for graduation requirements.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer-Assisted Design (CAD)
  • Drafting
  • Electronics
  • Keyboarding
  • Business

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Click here for examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

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Preparation

To work as a wind energy project manager, you must:
  • have a high school diploma or GED;
  • have a bachelor's degree in engineering, business, or an earth science;
  • be curious and detail-oriented;
  • have strong analytical skills; and
  • be creative.

Education after high school

Most students prepare for this field by earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, business, or earth sciences. Because this job combines both technical and planning skills, taking courses outside your major to round out your training is important. This means that if you major in engineering, you should also consider minoring in business.

Consider participating in an internship with a wind power engineering firm while you are in college. An internship offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.

On-the-job training

In general, new project managers receive on-the-job training. New graduates work under the guidance of experienced engineers and managers. In large companies, you may also receive formal classroom training. As you gain knowledge and experience you have greater independence and work on more difficult tasks.

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Related Educational Programs

  • Business Management and Administration
  • Engineering

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Additional Sources of Information

Library References

  • "Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future" ($19.95 paper cover, p. 368)
    By Jim Cassio and Alice Rush, MA, RPCC, MCC
    Publication date: 2009
    New Society Publishers
    http://www.newsociety.com/bookid/4042

Career Information Available on the Internet

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