Wind Energy Lead Technician-South Fork (Hardwick, MN)

General Electric

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As the Wind Energy Lead Technician at South Fork Wind Farm, you will:

Oversee contractual obligations and activities, working closely with project owners and various customers on a daily basis, including any portion of the electrical and mechanical equipment used in wind turbinesBe responsible for subordinate employee classifications which include maintenance mechanics, technicians, and operators
Troubleshoot complicated mechanical and electrical problems including: variable pitch systems, variable speed control systems, and components
Perform all mechanical and electrical component maintenance, repair, and replacement of parts to correct malfunctions
Perform a variety of administrative duties as well as be responsible for EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) and other relevant compliance
Assist with staffing requirements, counseling, coaching, training, and corrective action concerning employees and contractors
Assist with performance evaluations for subordinate employee per management instructions
Help in all areas of facility operations as directed by manager
Assist with Profit & Loss (P&L) reporting responsibilities and responsible for spare parts inventory


Ability and willingness to possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
Ability and willingness to handle repetitive weight – 50 lbs
Ability and willingness to climb towers up to 300 feet
Ability and willingness to work in all weather conditions
Ability to meet specific OSHA weight limits of 250 to 300lbs max
Ability to read and understand electrical schematic drawings
Ability and willingness to read, interpret technical manuals, procedures, and regulations
Ability to write reports, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure
Ability and willingness to work in range of environments to include but not limited to industrial facilities, manufacturing facilities, and power industry facilities
Ability and willingness to be available for rotation shift schedules 24 hours, seven days a week

Desired Characteristics:
Bachelor’s Degree in a Technical, Electrical, or Electronics field from an accredited college or university
Technical Certification in Wind Energy or Electrical / Electronic field
Advanced computer skills utilizing word processing, spreadsheet processing, e-mail programs, facility control and management systems, and computer diagnostic and troubleshooting tools
Wind turbine experience
Wind facility operations experience and wind turbine experience
My learning High Voltage Tests such as: GEE-PROD-W025-WIND – 2.20 Substations and Transformers / GEE-PROD-W026-WIND – 2.21 Padmount Transformer Switching / GEE-PROD-W027-WIND – 2.23 Substation & Interconnect Switching (GE Employees Only)
Advanced electrical, mechanical, and/or hydraulic experience
Experience using hydraulic power tools
Ability and willingness to take initiative and work without direct supervision
Experience with heavy equipment required for facility maintenance with a working knowledge of crane and rigging requirements
Comprehensive writing skills to meet contractual reporting obligations, as required
Ability to work with a wide variety of personnel at all levels inside and outside of the Wind Farm
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

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