Wind Energy Project Managers

Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

Lead or manage the development and evaluation of potential wind energy business opportunities, including environmental studies, permitting, and proposals. May also manage construction of projects.

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

Coordinate or direct development, energy assessment, engineering, or construction activities to ensure that wind project needs and objectives are met.

Manage wind project costs to stay within budget limits.

Lead or support negotiations involving tax agreements or abatements, power purchase agreements, land use, or interconnection agreements.

Create wind energy project plans, including project scope, goals, tasks, resources, schedules, costs, contingencies, or other project information.

Supervise the work of subcontractors or consultants to ensure quality and conformance to specifications or budgets.

Develop scope of work for wind project functions, such as design, site assessment, environmental studies, surveying, or field support services.

Provide verbal or written project status reports to project teams, management, subcontractors, customers, or owners.

Update schedules, estimates, forecasts, or budgets for wind projects.

Prepare or assist in the preparation of applications for environmental, building, or other required permits.

Review or evaluate proposals or bids to make recommendations regarding awarding of contracts.

Manage site assessments or environmental studies for wind fields.

Prepare wind project documentation, including diagrams or layouts.

Review civil design, engineering, or construction technical documentation to ensure compliance with applicable government or industrial codes, standards, requirements, or regulations.

Prepare requests for proposals (RFPs) for wind project construction or equipment acquisition.

Provide technical support for the design, construction, or commissioning of wind farm projects.

Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD
Map creation software
ESRI ArcGIS software
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft Project
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
SAP
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Video conferencing software
Web conferencing software
Tool
Example
Hot Technology
Barometers
Barometric pressure sensors
Anemometers
Cup anemometers
Portable data input terminals
Dataloggers
Desktop computers
Desktop computers
Digital cameras
Digital still cameras
Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital video cameras
Temperature transmitters
Electronic temperature sensors
Global positioning system GPS receiver
Handheld global positioning system GPS units
Notebook computers
Laptop computers
Personal computers
Personal computers
Weather stations
Portable meteorological stations
Solar radiation surface observing apparatus
Pyranometers
Soil core sampling apparatus
Soil samplers
Wind surface observing apparatus
Wind vanes
Administration and Management
77%
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.

English Language
71%
Importance

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

Building and Construction
69%
Importance

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Engineering and Technology
67%
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.

Economics and Accounting
60%
Importance

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

Customer and Personal Service
59%
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.

Design
58%
Importance

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Mathematics
58%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Computers and Electronics
51%
Importance

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

Mechanical
50%
Importance

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

Critical Thinking
75%
Importance

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

Reading Comprehension
72%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing
72%
Importance

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

Speaking
72%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening
69%
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.

Coordination
66%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Judgment and Decision Making
66%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Monitoring
63%
Importance

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

Social Perceptiveness
63%
Importance

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

Active Learning
60%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Oral Comprehension
75%
Importance

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

Written Comprehension
75%
Importance

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

Deductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

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

Inductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

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

Oral Expression
72%
Importance

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

Written Expression
72%
Importance

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

Problem Sensitivity
72%
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.

Speech Recognition
72%
Importance

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

Speech Clarity
72%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Near Vision
69%
Importance

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

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
92%
Importance

Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
89%
Importance

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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
84%
Importance

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

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
81%
Importance

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

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
81%
Importance

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

Getting Information
81%
Importance

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

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
79%
Importance

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

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
79%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
76%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
74%
Importance

Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Supervise workers performing environmentally sustainable activities.

Prepare forms or applications.

Manage environmental sustainability projects.

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

Estimate green project costs.

Evaluate environmental or sustainability projects.

Communicate green energy production information.

Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.

Advise others on green energy or related technologies.

Document organizational or operational procedures.

Manage organizational or project budgets.

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

Manage construction activities.

Telephone

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Electronic Mail

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Structured versus Unstructured Work

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Freedom to Make Decisions

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Work With Work Group or Team

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Spend Time Sitting

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Contact With Others

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Coordinate or Lead Others

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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: 100 / 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: 67 / 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.

Investigative

Score: 62 / 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.

Realistic

Score: 33 / 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.

Artistic

Score: 33 / 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: 29 / 100

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

Persistence
82%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Attention to Detail
81%
Importance

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

Integrity
79%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Initiative
78%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Leadership
77%
Importance

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

Stress Tolerance
77%
Importance

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

Adaptability/Flexibility
77%
Importance

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

Cooperation
77%
Importance

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

Dependability
77%
Importance

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

Achievement/Effort
74%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

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.

Independence
86%
Importance

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

Recognition
81%
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.

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.

Relationships
62%
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.