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Description: what do they do?
Manage wind field operations, including personnel, maintenance activities, financial activities, and planning.
Also known as:
Facility Manager, Operations and Maintenance Manager, Wind Field Manager, Wind Site Manager, Wind Farm Operations Manager, Wind Plant Manager, Site Manager, Wind Operations Supervisor, Operations Manager, Wind Operations Manager

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    This description is a quick overview of what workers in this career might do.

    "Also known as" shows other common names for this career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from an O*NET database. Learn more on the Help page.

Career video
    Transcript: Wind farms provide clean, renewable energy across the country. Developing and running them relies on the skills of wind energy project managers and operations managers. Wind energy project managers lead efforts to develop potential wind energy businesses, from conducting environmental studies, and writing business proposals, to applying for permits. Their plans factor in detailed schedules and anticipated costs. Once they have a green light to build, they may also manage project construction. Project managers may also negotiate a variety of agreements, such as tax savings, contracts to buy the wind power generated, or land use. They must know civil design, engineering and construction codes to ensure they meet government standards. Wind energy operations managers oversee existing wind field operations. They may also need to negotiate wind farm contracts to ensure they continue to have buyers for the power they generate. They oversee equipment maintenance, hire and supervise employees, and ensure that safety policies are observed. Wind energy operations managers interact with a variety of stakeholders, from land owners and developers to utility reps and customers. Wind energy project and operations managers share similar education requirements: most jobs require a bachelor’s degree, although some require technical expertise and a certificate along with work experience, rather than a degree.
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Outlook: will there be jobs?
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New job opportunities are likely in the future.


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    • A Bright outlook means new job opportunities are very likely in the future
    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below Average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

    You can also view local job listings in this field by clicking "Find job openings" above. This can help you see if local businesses are hiring—another way of looking at demand.

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    This information comes from O*NET Bright Outlook occupations, 2019. Note this information is only available at a national level, so even if you selected a state, you’ll only see this information for the whole country.

Projected employment
Wyoming
1,960
2016 Employment
2,090
2026 Employment
7%
Percent change
150
Annual projected job openings
United States
1,079,600
2018 Employment
1,148,100
2028 Employment
6%
Percent change
91,300
Annual projected job openings
You’re seeing projected employment information for Managers, all other because we don’t have information for Wind Energy Operations Managers.

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    What is the source of this information?

    State-level data come from Projections Central and each state's Labor Market Information office, 2016-26.

    National-level data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, 2018-28.

Typical wages

Annual wages for Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other* in Wyoming
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* You’re seeing wages for Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other because we don’t have information for Wind Energy Operations Managers.
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LocationWyomingUnited States
10%$58,030$53,380
25%$74,230$77,100
Median$97,440$110,630
75%$121,750$147,660
90%$145,330$191,340


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    What is the source of this information?

    The wage information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, May 2019 survey. For more detailed state wage data, please find the link to your state's wage data program in the Other Resources box.

Education and experience: to get started
People starting in this career usually have:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Less than 5 years work experience
  • No on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you:
You’re seeing education information for Managers, all other because we don’t have information for Wind Energy Operations Managers. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

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    Interested in starting in this career? You can search for education programs in your local area by clicking “Find local training” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, Education and training assignments by detailed occupation, 2018.

Typical education
How much education do most people in this career have?
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You’re seeing education information for Managers, all other because we don’t have information for Wind Energy Operations Managers. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

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    Interested in getting qualified for this career? You can search for programs that lead to the education needed, in your local area, by clicking “Find local training” above.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, Educational attainment for workers 25 years and older by detailed occupation, 2016–17.

Certifications: show your skills
Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:
  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

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    When you click "Find certifications" you'll see a list of national certifications that are related to this career. From there, you can learn how to achieve one of these certifications to help you enter or get ahead in this field.

    What is the source of this information?

    This collection of occupational certifications is collected and regularly updated by CareerOneStop. Learn more at Certification Finder Help.

Licenses: do you need one?
Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.

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    What is the source of this information?

    Information on licensed occupations is gathered in each state by Labor Market Information units under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more at License Finder Help.

Apprenticeships: learn on the job
Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.

Activities: what you might do in a day
  • Maintain operational records for green energy processes or other environmentally-sustainable activities.
  • Direct maintenance and repair activities in green energy production facilities.
  • Supervise workers performing environmentally sustainable activities.
  • Establish interpersonal business relationships to facilitate work activities.
  • Develop organizational goals or objectives.
  • Prepare operational budgets for green energy or other green operations.
  • Train employees on environmental awareness, conservation, or safety topics.
  • Conduct employee training programs.
  • Estimate green project costs.
  • Negotiate contracts for environmental remediation, green energy, or renewable resources.
  • Approve expenditures.
  • Direct facility maintenance or repair activities.
  • Recruit personnel.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures for green or sustainable operations.
  • Advise others on green energy or related technologies.

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    You can also use this list to help you prepare for a job interview. Or, if you’ve already held a job like this, you can copy these activities to use on your resume.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET’s Detailed Work Activities.

Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of general knowledge areas that are most commonly required for jobs in the career. Knowledge is typically gained through education and related experience.

    This list can help you learn if you are prepared for a job in this career. It can also help you decide on education or training programs that could help you prepare for the career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Knowledge descriptors.

Skills
People in this career often have these skills:
  • Critical Thinking - Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Speaking - Talking to others.
  • Monitoring - Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Active Listening - Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Understanding people's reactions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Reading work-related information.
  • Persuasion - Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.
  • Writing - Writing things for co-workers or customers.
  • Coordination - Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
  • Negotiation - Bringing people together to solve differences.
  • Active Learning - Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

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    This is a list of a list the work-related skills most commonly required for jobs in the career.

    This list can help you understand how well your current skills fit this career. It can also help you plan your education or professional development.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Skills descriptors.

Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening and understanding what people say.
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Oral Expression - Communicating by speaking.
  • Written Comprehension - Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Speech Clarity - Speaking clearly.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Speech Recognition - Recognizing spoken words.
  • Inductive Reasoning - Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Using rules to solve problems.
  • Information Ordering - Ordering or arranging things.
  • Written Expression - Communicating by writing.

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of a list of personal qualities that might influence work and are most commonly required for success in this career.

    This list can help you understand if your natural strengths and abilities are a good fit for this career.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Abilities descriptors.

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

    What does this information tell me?

    This is a list of work environment-preferences that are most commonly associated with the career. It can help you understand if your natural interests are a good fit for this career.

    Click "Take an interest assessment" for a quick 30-question assessment that can help you understand your interests and see careers that might be good matches for them.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from the O*NET Resource Center. Learn more about O*NET's Interest descriptors.

Typical 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.

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    Click on “More tasks” to see more detailed examples for this career.

    You can also use this list to help you prepare for a job interview. Or, if you’ve already held a job like this, you can copy these tasks to use on your resume.

    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET‘s Tasks.

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    This information is collected and maintained by CareerOneStop.