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Electrical engineers play an important role in the development and operation of wind energy systems. They ensure the reliable and efficient operation of wind energy systems, from the design and development stage to ongoing maintenance and improvement.

Different jobs for Electrical Engineers

From design to maintenance

Some of the key tasks an electrical engineer is responsible for in the wind energy industry include:

  • Designing electrical systems: Design and develop the electrical systems that are used in wind turbines. This includes the design of the generator, power converter, and control systems that are used to convert the mechanical energy of the wind into electrical power. 

Wind Farm Project Maintenance
  • Testing and commissioning: Electrical engineers are responsible for testing and commissioning wind turbines and their associated electrical systems. 

  • Maintenance and repair: Everything from conducting routine maintenance tasks to specialized problem solving. Troubleshooting and diagnosing problems, and making repairs as needed.

  • Upgrades and modifications: Improve the performance and/or efficiency of existing wind turbines or electrical systems.

  • Research and development: Electrical engineers may also be involved in research and development of new wind energy technologies and systems, such as more efficient generators, power converters, and control systems.

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What skills do you need?

We will help you

Skilleon will help you to turn your ambition in to practice, by matching your current skills and your ambition to exciting new projects via your Skilleon Profile. Here are some examples of skills that are most common in the Wind Energy Industry:

  • Knowledge of Wind Energy electrical engineering principles: You must have a strong understanding of electrical engineering principles, including circuit theory, electromagnetics, power electronics, and control systems.

Wind Farm Project Matching Skills
  • Familiarity with wind turbine technology: Knowledge of used components such as generators, power converters, and control systems, as well as the mechanical and aerodynamic components of wind turbines.

  • Problem-solving skills: Solve problems quickly and effectively, using a combination of analytical, creative, and critical thinking skills.

  • Communication skills: Effective communication skills are crucial for electrical engineers, as they must be able to communicate technical information to a variety of stakeholders, including other engineers, project managers, and clients.

  • Attention to detail: Small mistakes in the design or maintenance of electrical systems can have serious consequences.

  • Knowledge of safety standards and regulations.
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Switch from industry

Be part of the Energy Transition

Electrical engineering is a versatile discipline with many applications across various industries, and many of the skills and knowledge required for electrical engineering in, for example, the oil and gas industry, can be transferred to the wind energy sector.

That being said, there may be some differences in the specific knowledge and skills required for each industry, and it may be necessary for an electrical engineer to undertake additional training or education to gain the necessary knowledge and skills for the wind energy sector.

Wind Farm Project Energy Transition

Some possible areas where an electrical engineer from another sector may need additional training or education to work in the wind energy sector include:

  • Knowledge of wind energy technology and components, such as wind turbines, generators, and power converters.

  • Familiarity with wind energy standards and regulations.

  • Understanding of the unique challenges and considerations of designing and maintaining electrical systems for wind turbines, such as dealing with fluctuating wind speeds and the effects of turbulence on turbine performance.

  • Familiarity with software tools and simulation packages used in the wind energy sector.

By creating your Skilleon Profile, you will be able to oversee any possible lacking skills and you will be surprised how many skills you have that fit perfectly within the wind energy sector.

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Specialized Software Skills

What software are you familiar with?

You don't have to be experienced in all software, but here we show you some examples of the packages that are used by several companies in the wind energy sector. They are used to design, analyze, and optimize electrical systems for wind turbines. Maybe you already use some of these tools:

  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software: SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and CATIA.

Wind Farm Project Software
  • Electrical design software: Used to design and analyze electrical systems for wind turbines, like ETAP, PSCAD, and DIgSILENT.

  • Control system design software: Used to design and simulate control systems for wind turbines. MATLAB/Simulink, LabVIEW, and Dymola.

  • Wind farm modeling software: Used to simulate the behavior of wind turbines in a wind farm, and to optimize the layout and operation of the wind farm. Examples: WAsP, WindFarmer, and OpenWind.

  • Data analysis and visualization software: Used to analyze and visualize data from wind turbines and wind farms: MATLAB, R, and Tableau.

Keep in mind that the specific software tools used by an electrical engineer in the wind energy sector depend on the particular role and responsibilities of the engineer, as well as the specific needs of the wind energy company or project they are working on.
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Available roles through Skilleon

Your ambition counts

You can be a specialized electrical engineer, which will be needed on every project, always. But you can also decide to look for more managerial roles. Here are some managerial roles for Electrical Engineers:

  • Engineering Manager: Responsible for managing the engineering team in a wind farm, which may include electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and other engineering professionals. The Engineering Manager typically oversees the design, construction, and maintenance of wind turbines and other equipment.

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  • Operations Manager: Responsible for the day-to-day operations of a wind farm, including the operation of wind turbines, maintenance and repair of equipment, and coordination with the electrical grid. The Operations Manager works closely with electrical engineers to ensure optimal performance and reliability of the electrical systems in the wind farm.

  • Project Manager: Responsible for managing specific engineering projects, from initial planning and design to construction and commissioning. The Project Manager works closely with electrical engineers to ensure that the electrical systems in the wind farm are designed and installed according to specifications.

  • Performance Manager: Responsible for monitoring and analyzing the performance of wind turbines and the wind farm as a whole, and for identifying opportunities for optimization and improvement. 

  • Maintenance Manager: Responsible for managing the maintenance and repair of wind turbines and other equipment. The Maintenance Manager works closely with electrical engineers to coordinate maintenance activities and ensure that the electrical systems in the wind farm are maintained and repaired as needed.

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What wages can I expect?

Average income

Salaries for electrical engineers in the wind energy sector in the Netherlands and in Europe can vary depending on factors such as experience, location, and job responsibilities. Here are some rough estimates of average salaries in the Netherlands and in Europe (note: for freelancers the income will be considerably higher due to different employment conditions).

  • Electrical engineer in the Netherlands:

    • Entry-level electrical engineer: €35,000 to €50,000 per year
    • Mid-level electrical engineer: €50,000 to €80,000 per year
    • Senior-level electrical engineer: €80,000 to €120,000 or more per year
Wind Farm Project Income
  • Electrical engineer in Europe:

    • Entry-level electrical engineer: €30,000 to €50,000 per year
    • Mid-level electrical engineer: €50,000 to €90,000 per year
    • Senior-level electrical engineer: €90,000 to €130,000 or more per year
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Your Skilleon Profile, the entry to the Wind Energy Sector!

Skilleon makes your ambitions come true

You want to grow your career, move up in life, and find the path that leads you forward. You want to control it, like the professional you are.

What if the wind industry leading companies can give you this opportunity? All you have to do is show potential employers your skills, experience, and ambition, to fulfill your career ambitions!

Grow Your Career In Electric Mobility

Which companies are involved?

Dream projects by various Wind Energy companies

Do you want to work for the Wind Energy Client? The Contractor? The Architect? In what kind of team? Nearby your home address, or rather within reach of the sunny beaches around the world? Do you want to deepen your existing skills or partly reskill or upskill your profile? 

The Wind Energy clients we work for offer you the best projects with lot's of possibilities. We will connect you to them, on basis of your Skilleon Profile and ambitions.

Skilleon Professionals executed projects for companies listed above.