Wind Energy Operations Managers

Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

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

Salary at 10th Percentile: $51,770
Median Salary: $105,610
Salary at 90th Percentile: $176,800

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
Example
Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD
Analytical or scientific software
Computerized diagnostic software
Facilities management software
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
Calendar and scheduling software
Employee scheduling software
Compliance software
Gensuite
Electronic mail software
IBM Lotus Notes
Inventory management software
Inventory control software
LAN software
Local area network LAN software
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft Project
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Industrial control software
Programmable logic controller PLC software
Time accounting software
Time and payroll management software
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Data base user interface and query software
WebEx WebOffice
WAN switching software and firmware
Wide area network WAN software
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable wrenches
Adjustable wrenches
Ammeters
Amp clamp meters
Desktop computers
Desktop computers
Calipers
Digital calipers
Micrometers
Digital micrometers
Oscilloscopes
Digital oscilloscopes
Safety harnesses or belts
Fall arrest systems
Forklifts
Field forklifts
Hard hats
Hard hats
Torque tools
Hydraulic torque machines
Infrared imagers
Infrared thermography cameras
Notebook computers
Laptop computers
Laser fax machine
Laser facsimile machines
Lubricating oil testing kit
Lubricant oil sampling kits
Torque wrenches
Manual torque wrenches
Megohmmeters
Megohmmeters
Two way radios
Mobile radios
Special purpose telephones
Multi-line telephone systems
Personal computers
Personal computers
Screwdrivers
Phillips head screwdrivers
Photocopiers
Photocopying equipment
Microcontrollers
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Ear muffs
Protective ear muffs
Anemometers
Recording anemometers
Slings
Rigging equipment
Safety glasses
Safety glasses
Fire escape equipment
Safety line evacuation kits
Tower cranes
Tower cranes
Vibration testers
Vibration analyis equipment
Voltage or current meters
Voltage testers
Administration and Management
73%
Importance

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
73%
Importance

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Public Safety and Security
68%
Importance

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
67%
Importance

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
66%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Clerical
64%
Importance

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
63%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Engineering and Technology
63%
Importance

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
61%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Production and Processing
59%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Speaking
75%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking
75%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring
75%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Listening
72%
Importance

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
69%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness
69%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Persuasion
66%
Importance

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Management of Personnel Resources
66%
Importance

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Writing
63%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Coordination
63%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Oral Comprehension
78%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
75%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Problem Sensitivity
75%
Importance

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
72%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Deductive Reasoning
69%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
69%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Near Vision
69%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Recognition
69%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Speech Clarity
69%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Written Expression
66%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Getting Information
82%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
81%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
81%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
80%
Importance

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
78%
Importance

Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
78%
Importance

Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Interacting With Computers
76%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
75%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
74%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
72%
Importance

Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Train employees on environmental awareness, conservation, or safety topics.

Conduct employee training programs.

Maintain operational records for green energy processes or other environmentally-sustainable activities.

Advise others on green energy or related technologies.

Direct facility maintenance or repair activities.

Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.

Approve expenditures.

Negotiate contracts for environmental remediation, green energy, or renewable resources.

Recruit personnel.

Estimate green project costs.

Develop organizational goals or objectives.

Establish interpersonal business relationships to facilitate work activities.

Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures for green or sustainable operations.

Prepare operational budgets for green energy or other green operations.

Supervise workers performing environmentally sustainable activities.

Direct maintenance and repair activities in green energy production facilities.

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Electronic Mail

How often do you use electronic mail in this job?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Major
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Psychology, General
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
Behavioral Neuroscience
Social Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
School Psychology
Educational Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Psychology, Other
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Public Administration
Social Sciences, General
Anthropology, General
Anthropology, Other
Archeology
Criminology
Economics, General
Applied Economics
Development Economics and International Development
International Economics
Economics, Other
Geography
Geography, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Sociology, General
Urban Studies/Affairs
Social Sciences, Other
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Tourism and Travel Services Management
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other
History, General
American History (United States)
European History
Public/Applied History
History, Other
Enterprising

Score: 95 / 100

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

Score: 81 / 100

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

Score: 57 / 100

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.

Investigative

Score: 43 / 100

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Artistic

Score: 24 / 100

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Social

Score: 19 / 100

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Dependability
92%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Attention to Detail
89%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Leadership
86%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Adaptability/Flexibility
84%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Integrity
83%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Stress Tolerance
83%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Persistence
81%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Analytical Thinking
79%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Initiative
79%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Cooperation
78%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Achievement
86%
Importance

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
79%
Importance

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
76%
Importance

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.

Independence
76%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Relationships
71%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support
57%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.