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Career Definition of a Wind Farm Site Manager
Wind farm site managers, who are also known as wind energy operations managers, oversee the daily operations of wind farms. They are responsible for ensuring staff are maintaining and operating the equipment and that the wind farm is producing energy as expected. They monitor the production levels and interact with customers as part of their regular duties. Wind farm site managers are also responsible for ensuring that safety protocols are followed and that business records are properly maintained. They may also be involved with training or hiring staff for specific roles and responsibilities.
|Educational Requirements||Postsecondary certificate, bachelor's degree or master's degree|
|Job Skills||Administrative skills, leadership skills, mechanical knowledge of wind turbines and equipment used to produce wind energy, knowledge of safety procedures, decision-making skills, communication skills|
|Median Salary (2016)*||$104,970 (managers, all other)|
|Job Outlook (2014-2024)*||4% (managers, all other)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Wind farm site managers need to have practical knowledge of how wind turbines and the systems involved in producing wind energy work. They may acquire the necessary mechanical skills by completing a postsecondary certificate, though most wind farm site managers are required to have a bachelor's degree. Some have a master's degree. Generally, several years of practical experience through education and/or on-the-job training are needed to become qualified for this role.
Wind farm site managers need to have good administrative skills so they can maintain the proper paperwork required for a site's operations. They also need to be strong leaders and able to communicate effectively with both staff and customers. Mechanical knowledge is essential, and wind farm site managers must be familiar with the equipment used in wind production and the tools needed to maintain, install or repair this equipment. Wind farm site managers need to be safety-conscious and ensure that safety regulations are followed, that the appropriate safety gear is available and that staff use it properly. They need to be able to assess situations and make effective decisions about how to utilize employees to meet the daily operational needs of the wind farm they manage.
Career and Salary Outlook
Wind farm site managers are classified with ''managers, all other'' on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website. This employee grouping is expected to see a 4% job growth from 2014 to 2024, which is lower than the national average of 7%. The 2016 median annual income for this group, however, was considerably higher than the median salary for all occupations. A median annual salary of $104,970 was reported for ''managers, all other'' in 2016, while the reported median annual salary for all occupations in the same year was $37,040.
Wind farm site managers balance mechanical skills and knowledge with leadership skills to perform their duties. Other careers that combine these types of skills include construction cost estimators, construction managers and commercial drywall project managers. The following links provide more detail about these careers, including the job duties, salary expectations, outlook and education requirements.