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Wind Energy Operations Managers
SOC Code: 11-9199.09

Manage wind field operations, including personnel, maintenance activities, financial activities, and planning.

Sample of reported job titles: Facility Manager, Operations and Maintenance Manager, Operations Manager, Site Manager, Wind Farm Operations Manager, Wind Field Manager, Wind Operations Manager, Wind Operations Supervisor, Wind Plant Manager, Wind Site Manager

Tasks

  • Track and maintain records for wind operations, such as site performance, downtime events, parts usage, or substation events.
  • Oversee the maintenance of wind field equipment or structures, such as towers, transformers, electrical collector systems, roadways, or other site assets.
  • Supervise employees or subcontractors to ensure quality of work or adherence to safety regulations or policies.
  • Develop relationships and communicate with customers, site managers, developers, land owners, authorities, utility representatives, or residents.
  • Maintain operations records, such as work orders, site inspection forms, or other documentation.
  • Establish goals, objectives, or priorities for wind field operations.
  • Monitor and maintain records of daily facility operations.
  • Prepare wind field operational budgets.
  • Train or coordinate the training of employees in operations, safety, environmental issues, or technical issues.
  • Estimate costs associated with operations, including repairs or preventive maintenance.
  • Review, negotiate, or approve wind farm contracts.
  • Manage warranty repair or replacement services.
  • Recruit or select wind operations employees, contractors, or subcontractors.
  • Order parts, tools, or equipment needed to maintain, restore, or improve wind field operations.
  • Develop processes or procedures for wind operations, including transitioning from construction to commercial operations.
  • Provide technical support to wind field customers, employees, or subcontractors.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Computerized diagnostic software
  • Calendar and scheduling software - Employee scheduling software
  • Compliance software - Gensuite
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Data base user interface and query software - WebEx WebOffice
  • Electronic mail software - IBM Lotus Notes; Microsoft Outlook
  • Facilities management software - Computerized maintenance management system CMMS; Oracle Enterprise Asset Management eAM
  • Industrial control software - Programmable logic controller PLC software; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Inventory management software - Inventory control software
  • LAN software - Local area network LAN software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Time accounting software - Time and payroll management software
  • WAN switching software and firmware - Wide area network WAN software
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Ammeters - Amp clamp meters
  • Anemometers - Recording anemometers
  • Calipers - Digital calipers
  • Desktop computers
  • Ear muffs - Protective ear muffs
  • Fire escape equipment - Safety line evacuation kits
  • Forklifts - Field forklifts
  • Hard hats
  • Infrared imagers - Infrared thermography cameras
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Lubricating oil testing kit - Lubricant oil sampling kits
  • Megohmmeters
  • Microcontrollers - Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Micrometers - Digital micrometers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Oscilloscopes - Digital oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers - Photocopying equipment
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety harnesses or belts - Fall arrest systems
  • Screwdrivers - Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
  • Slings - Rigging equipment
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems
  • Torque tools - Hydraulic torque machines
  • Torque wrenches - Manual torque wrenches
  • Tower cranes
  • Two way radios - Mobile radios
  • Vibration testers - Vibration analyis equipment
  • Voltage or current meters - Voltage testers

Knowledge

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Interests

  • Interest code: ECR
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 94% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 94% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 87% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 94% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 78% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 80% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 77% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 69% responded “Very important results.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 69% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 55% responded “Very important.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 47% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 55% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 38% responded “Very important.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 44% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Letters and Memos - 34% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 40% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition - 50% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 31% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 36% responded “Important.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 26% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Public Speaking - 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
53%Bachelor's degree
18%Master's degree
10%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Recognition - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $50.77 hourly, $105,610 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 992,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 79,200

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