Wind Turbine Technician - Rufus, OR

Portland General Electric Company
Baltimore, MD
United States
Job Description

At PGE, our work involves dreaming about, planning for, and realizing a smarter, cleaner, more enduring Oregon neighborhood. Its core to our DNA and we haven’t stopped since we started in 1888. We energize lives, strengthen communities and drive advancements in energy that promote social, economic and environmental progress. We’re always on the lookout for people passionate about leading and being a part of teams that are advancing innovative clean energy solutions that are also affordable and accessible to all.

Wind Turbine Technician

Rufus, OR

As a wind technician at PGE, you’ll be contributing to the development and expansion of clean and sustainable energy sources. It's a rewarding opportunity to be part of the movement towards a greener future and help combat climate change. If you enjoy working with your hands and being in an active, dynamic environment, being a PGE wind technician offers just that.

You'll have the opportunity to work outdoors and engage in physical tasks such as climbing wind turbines, conducting inspections, and performing maintenance and repairs.

You'll have the chance to work with cutting-edge equipment and gain expertise in troubleshooting, diagnosing, and resolving technical issues. This exposure to advanced technology can enhance your skill set and provide valuable experience for future career growth.

You’ll work as part of a team, collaborating and communicating effectively to ensure the efficient operation and maintenance of wind turbines. You'll have the chance to work alongside other skilled professionals, fostering a sense of camaraderie and teamwork.

Job Function -- Operations and Maintenance: Operates, maintains and oversees replacement, installation and removal of wind power generation facilities equipment and structures; identifies, analyzes and implements predictive maintenance; maintains plant computer and control systems; collects and analyzes operating data.

Key Job Information Wind Turbine Technician 6622 Grade 4

Career Level: T2 Intermediate Technical Support Individuals at this level expand analytical or technical skills in own work area. They maintain appropriate licenses, training and/or certifications, as needed. They apply their experience and skills to complete assigned work within our area of expertise. They work within standard operating procedures and/or analytical methods, working with a moderate degree of supervision.

Key Responsibilities:

Wind Turbine Operation and Maintenance:

Performs routine preventive maintenance in accordance with OEM maintenance manuals and technical bulletins with periodic review by senior technicians. Performs routine corrective maintenance of mechanical, electrical and electronic component repair or replacement of parts while following OEM requirements with periodic review by senior technicians. Prepares procedural documentation associated with turbine operations and maintenance for review by senior technicians. Participates in QA/QC inspections while turbines are under Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) warranty and maintenance contract.

Balance of Plant Operations and Maintenance:

Operates and performs preventative maintenance on low-, medium- and high- voltage equipment with periodic review by senior technicians. Follows approved switching order, performs high voltage switching and installs safety grounds. Maintains function and operation of support facilities including office spaces, warehouses, control and communication areas, heating and cooling systems, electrical power, plumbing, etc. with periodic review by senior technicians.


Follows PGE and Plant safety and environmental policies, instructions and guidelines.


Functions within a team to safely, cost effectively and quickly resolve issues. May assist less experienced colleagues by answering procedural questions and resolving routine problems and issues.


Education: Requires a high school diploma or equivalent; training from an accredited school, other than correspondence or on-line, in a technical hard science (engineering, physics, power or closely related) preferred.

Experience: Typically, two or more years in operations and/or maintenance of electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, or pneumatic systems. A current journeyman or master electrician license may substitute for two years of experience. A wind technician certificate program can substitute for one year of experience. Electrical training with journeyman or apprentice level skills or equivalent experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Functional Competencies:

  • Intermediate ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Basic knowledge of industry compliance and standards such as OSHA, NERC, FERC, NEC, NESC, NFPA 70, etc.
  • Basic technical writing skills utilized for developing procedures and training documentation.
  • Intermediate knowledge and skill with electronic testing equipment. (i.e., voltage tester, amp clamp, oscilloscope, infrared camera, hydraulic torque and tension, alignment and other various hand and power tools).
  • Working knowledge of turbine equipment, including safety regulations.
  • Working ability to troubleshoot, diagnose and correct failed or faulty equipment. Working ability to interpret schematics and drawings for electrical and hydraulic systems.
  • Working ability to troubleshoot and repair automated control systems, instrumentation and SCADA systems.
  • Working ability to think clearly and maintain composure during stressful or dangerous situations.
  • Working ability to interpret and follow directions, procedures and instructions
  • Working skills in data entry and use of MS Office applications to communicate and perform tasks.

General Competencies

  • Working analytical thinking skills
  • Working decision-making skills
  • Working interpersonal skills
  • Working knowledge of utility industry

Physical and Cognitive Demands:

Cognitive Level Basic: Competencies needed in order to use common sense to carry out simple or uninvolved instructions and pass initial screening.

  • Cognitive Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks
  • Ability to follow accuracy standards
  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks
  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress
  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change
  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback
  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement
  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks
  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization
  • Demonstrates sound memory
  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks


  • Ability to adhere to pre-established schedule, including start/stop time and break/lunch schedule
  • Ability to work long hours
  • Ability to work a variable schedule
  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather
  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance.
  • Ability to work shift schedule
  • Ability to work on-call schedule

Physical Capabilities:

  • This position requires a valid driver’s license and a history of safe driving practices.
  • Able to pass wind physical evaluation and to climb 80 meters (300 ft) steel towers daily basis to perform maintenance in the nacelle and hub.
  • Weight must not exceed 265lbs (excluding equipment/gear) when performing job related tasks, dictated by ladder and fall protection equipment ratings. Determined by equipment and PPE weight limitations. 
  • Daily driving/travel/commute within service territory - Frequently
  • Occasional overnight driving/travel/commuting inside/outside the service territory
  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)
  • Lifting/pushing/pulling/carrying: More than 50 lbs.
  • Moving on unstable surfaces requiring balance, including:
    • Elevated areas (i.e., catwalks, roofs and high buildings)
    • Confined spaces
    • Walking distances and surfaces (long distances and over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces)
    • Stairs (over 10 steps)
    • Ladders (over 10 rungs)
    • Must be able to climb wind turbines which can be 250 feet or more.  

Environment - Indoor/Outdoor: Office, Plant, Field

Compensation Range:

$25.96 - $38.94

In addition, this position is eligible for a performance-based incentive bonus. Actual total compensation is commensurate with experience, skills, and education

PGE believes in rewarding dedicated performance. We provide a total rewards package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future. To find out more, click here.

Join us today and power your potential!

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