Wind Turbine Technician Job Trends

June 27th, 2012 by admin

Some people just weren’t built for a desk job and want to be outside, tackling adventure, taking in views and possibly even seeing the world. Getting a job as a wind turbine technician would fit the bill with that desire as this career provides ample opportunity for travel, extreme heights and the job definitely is not inside an office.

Just getting an interest in a career isn’t enough though, you want to make sure you’re getting into a solid future, right? Wind turbine technicians service industrial sized wind turbines and their jobs are based on the build out of wind farms and the jobs that creates. So just how many jobs are there for wind turbine tech’s that are certified or have degrees? Is there enough work to get paid well and earn a good living repairing wind mills? Well it’s a good question to ask, that’s for sure.

What we wanted to do for you is to dive into the job trends of a wind turbine technician so that you can rest assured, this career is still taking off. We’ve sourced two of the most used job sites in the United States because they aggregate jobs from all kinds of sources. The two we’ll be referencing today is SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com.

The first job trend graph is for jobs using the keyword, “wind turbine technician” in the job posting and listed on the website SimplyHired.com. The trend of the graph starts in October 2010 and displays the ongoing trend of job listings in the wind tech niche. One great thing to note is that since October of 2010 to current set of data which is about April 2012 wind turbine tech jobs have increased by 166%.

Wind Turbine Technician Job Trends on SimplyHired

The next job trend graph for windmill repair technicians is from the website Indeed.com. This graph doesn’t seem to have as new of data as it looks to only show data up to January 2012, however, the trend is still showing that job postings climb in an almost cyclical fashion every year for turbine technicians that are ready to get involved in repairing wind turbines on wind farms.

Wind Turbine Technician Job Trends On Indeed

Now that you know a career traveling around wind farms or staying local on a wind farm and repairing those wind turbines looks like a pretty stable one, you need to investigate the next important thing. How much will you get paid, right? Besides getting great views you can get great pay being in the wind energy business. Deciding on where to work in the wind business can be tricky though when you look into salaries of wind turbine technicians because each state can pay different amounts.

The site we sourced above does a great job of describing how much you’ll make in each state in the United States if you get a job as a wind tech. Once you’re set on where you’re going to be working you do need to get either a wind turbine technician certification or a degree. Depending on the type of training and classes you take, it could take you 6 months to 2 years to get your full training. For a list of wind turbine technician schools you can visit that site we referenced, so far it seems to cover almost every available training program, certification or degree program in the US.

Getting a career in the wind energy business can be a job full of pride because it is also supporting America’s future of energy independence. There is a website & organization built that discusses the plan, layout and political support to help America replace 20% of electricity on the grid with wind power. The website 20 Percent Wind provides reports and scorecards on how the country is doing and supporting Obama’s clean energy initiatives. You can be apart of this transformation of America’s energy into renewable energy when you start working as a wind turbine technician, now it’s up to you!

Article By Guest Author: Joel Mackey who also runs @ThinkGreenPower on Twitter.

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4 Fun Family Alternatives To TV & Your New iPad

January 26th, 2012 by Clifford

shutterstock_88351867Today’s high-tech society has many of us staring at digital screens most of the day, instead of talking to each other. We are so consumed with texting, FaceBooking, and Tweeting, that speaking out loud is almost unnecessary. Most of us carry full loads at an online college or work and home, making alone time the equivalent of finding gold. Still, most of us choose sitting in front of the TV, or playing online, over spending time with family when we finally get a chance.

This New Year’s Eve, make it the year you vow to spend less time staring at screens, and more time playing with the kids. Turn off the TV, cell phone, and laptop. Turn up family, fun, and laughter! If you’re short on ideas, try one of the following:

1. Games
Have board games gone the way of the dinosaur? Dust off your copy of Monopoly or CandyLand and gather around the family table. Pull out your old Twister mat and get ready for some laughs- and exercise! Family game nights should be a weekly event, bringing everyone together to reconnect and have fun.

2. Exercise
Rather than retiring to the couch after dinner, leash the dog and head out the door for a family walk. Burn off those dinner calories and get some exercise, and fresh air, all at the same time. Use this opportunity to teach your kids the importance of keeping fit. Too many children today spend more time in front of video games than they do on bikes. This has led to an alarming number of child obesity cases. Stop the cycle before it starts by demonstrating healthy habits.

3. Local Attractions
Sure you’ve been to the local museum, and you’ve hit up the amusement park down the street, but have you really experienced the city you live in? Spend a day in your city’s Old Town district, hike the mountain behind your house, or buy tickets for the local Elk’s Lodge play. Take the roads less travelled around town and I’m willing to bet you will find something unique and interesting, opening up the opportunity to teach kids about history and tradition.

4. Class Time
Sign up for a dance class, cooking class, or cake decorating class together as a family. Interested in Martial Arts? Many schools offer family classes that are suitable for all ages and athletic abilities. Can’t get everyone to agree on which class to take? Have everyone pick something they like, and then rotate monthly, to make it fair.

Spending time as a family is one of life’s precious gifts that is not guaranteed to last forever. Take advantage of free time by spending it together, making memories that last a lifetime.

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Ten Ways to Make More Time for Your Kids

January 19th, 2012 by Clifford

shutterstock_45942820One of the most difficult challenges of juggling school and family life is making sure everyone who loves you still gets quality time — especially your kids. Try these tips to find extra time to spend with your kids.

1. Turn off the TV.

For many families, TV is a major time suck. People get home from their activities, the TV goes on and nothing is said for the rest of the evening. Shut off the TV, and you might be surprised how much you suddenly have to say to each other.

2. Cook meals together.

Dinner has to be made, and kids love to help. Invite the kids into your kitchen, and give them small tasks they can accomplish. Enjoy this time, talk about the food you are making and find out about your child’s day.

3. Eat meals together.

This is a biggie. A lot of research has been done that shows that kids in families that eat meals together are less likely to get in trouble and have healthier habits. Pick a meal when everyone can be together, breakfast or dinner, and sit down at the table to enjoy each other’s company.

4. Get enough sleep.

It’s hard to enjoy your kids when you are stressed and exhausted. Although it might not seem like there are enough hours in the day, plan to get your full eight hours of sleep, and you will make the remaining 16 hours far more productive.

5. Don’t overschedule your kids.

Soccer, ballet, art, play dates — you’ll run yourself ragged trying to keep up. If your kids want to do activities, that’s great. Just pick one, and stick to it.

6. Don’t overschedule yourself.

The same goes for you. Choose your “extracurricular activity,” and don’t try to pile on a bunch of others. Choose a class at the gym or a book club, but not both.

7. Relish Sunday mornings.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch on a quiet Sunday morning with your family. If your family goes to church, plan for a fun outing or quiet time afterwards.

8. Enjoy special story time.

Before bed is a great time to really connect with your kids. Read stories to them — or have them read stories to you. Either way, it’s great quality time.

9. Plan for family fun night.

Save Friday night as family fun night. Play board games, go out to dinner or have a monster tickle fight — whatever your family likes to do.

10. Start new traditions.

Plan special fun outings on the weekends. Maybe you can start a Saturday afternoon picnic or a walk around the lake. Check out local farms to pick fresh produce. Explore your hometown. Find something that appeals to everyone in your family.

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4 Ways Being Organized Equals More Family Time

January 12th, 2012 by AmyH

ts-75461543Do you find yourself running from home to work to your college class to home again, never catching a breath in between? Sometimes it might feel like your family is a legend: something you’ve only heard of but have never actually seen. It doesn’t have to be that way. Just because you have a busy schedule doesn’t mean you never have to see your family again. I’ve found that careful organization can help me have much more time to spend with my husband and kids. Try out these tricks to find more minutes and hours in your day.

1. Your phone could be your best friend.

Do you use a smartphone? Take advantage of its countless features to help organize your time. Use the calendar, so you never have to miss an important appointment or project due date, and keep your contacts up-to-date, so you don’t have to waste time trying to track down loose pieces of paper. You can also download several apps to help you organize your thoughts, and keep them all in one place. Check out the marketplace for your style of phone, and look for organization and planning apps.

2. Plan out your day.

Each night before you go to bed, take a moment to look at what you need to do the next day. You might be surprised by how much open space there actually is. Have you ever heard the saying “Projects expand to fit the time allotted”? If you schedule a solid chunk of time to get work done, you can schedule playtime to follow. Take advantage of this time; it’s precious and just as important to your well-being as any other activity you might schedule.

3. Enlist your family’s help.

When the house is picked up and dishes are done, you have more time to play and just be with each other. Find a moment to talk to your family about the problem, and ask them to brainstorm ways they can help get the work done so you don’t get stuck with it. Who wants to come home from a grueling exam to a sink full of dirty dishes? When everyone in your family is working together to keep the house in good shape, it gives you more time to spend together.

4. Cook ahead of time.

Schedule an hour or two on the weekend and cook up a few meals that can stay in the freezer until dinnertime later in the week. Having an extra casserole or meatloaf on hand will free up some time on an otherwise busy night and will also prevent you from spending precious minutes in the drive-thru! Your family’s health and your budget will thank you.

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Two Tips To Make More Family Time

January 5th, 2012 by Clifford

more-family-time - ts-86487690Written by featured guest author .

Time seems to be the one thing we all wish we had more of. Busy work and school schedules encompass most of our lives, leaving little time to enjoy anything else. This often means that family time is placed on the back burner. Since you probably schedule every other minute of your day onto your day-planner, why not schedule in “time with the family” as well? I know from experience how hard it is to manage a family’s day-to-day schedule. This is why I highly recommend everyone purchase a calendar for the sole use of family activity scheduling. At the same time, use it to schedule in Family Dates. In addition, I’ve found it helpful to make a rule in my home that breakfast, and at least 2 dinners per week, are eaten together.

1. Family Meals
Let’s start with the easiest way to spend time together. By making sure that a certain number of meals are always eaten together at the dinner table, you will give yourself, and your family, a chance to reconnect. Family meals offer the opportunity to talk about one’s day, problems or accomplishments, and what is new in everyone’s life. This is especially important for families with children in school. As a parent, you might just find out things you didn’t know were going on that you should’ve known about. If you, or your partner, is a die-hard workaholic, commit to a minimum of one or two dinners during the work week- and don’t cancel at the last minute!

2. Family Dates
Since you probably schedule extra-curricular activities, school meetings, and miscellaneous appointments, take the time to schedule Family Dates at the same time. Instead of sitting by yourself at the beginning of every month, bring the calendar to the dinner table the next time everyone is scheduled to eat together and complete the task then. Discuss how many days are available for Family Dates that month and then decide what everyone wants to do and when. Some ideas for Family Dates include a family game night, pizza and a movie at home, or a family outing to the zoo.

Kids grow up and move away, leaving only memories. Don’t let those be filled with busy schedules and driving back and forth, day after day. Instead, make sure you can look back and remember quality time spent doing things you loved together as a family.

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Communicate with Other Online Students to Build a Sense of Community

November 30th, 2011 by Lisa

Written by contributing author .

When I went back to school this year at the age of 43, I had not set foot in a classroom in nearly 25 years. Thanks to online learning, I can leave the classroom learning to my daughters in high school and middle school. Online learning has given me the opportunity to finish the degree I started so long ago at my own convenience, but I did find myself longing for a connection with other students. Thankfully, the lessons assigned by my online instructors require me to interact with fellow students. Even though technology has changed since the last time I was in school, having the opportunity to meet other adult learners online has helped me to feel more a part of the total college experience.

Learning How to Speak via Internet
When first introduced to online discussion groups, forums and video conferencing, I was a bit intimidated. After I got comfortable learning to communicate by using technology, I realized it wasn’t much different from the typical college classroom. There was still the person who tended to monopolize the instructor’s time, a person who had to argue with nearly every point of view presented and other stereotypical college students. It took me a while to find my place, but once I did, I was completely comfortable with both asking and answering questions.

Finding Friends Online
In the chat rooms, I was able to learn a bit more about other students pursuing the same college degree that I am. I found that I had a lot in common with a few of them and felt comfortable allowing them to contact me via Facebook or email. I am happy to say that I have not only made new friends, but have found excellent sources of encouragement and accountability for my studies. Two of them live in a nearby state, so we are planning a get-together to celebrate when we all graduate. As a college student who is also a mother and works part-time, I appreciate any opportunity to meet new people, whether through traditional or electronic means.

Increased Communication Skills
As someone who has struggled with shyness all my life, having to articulate my thoughts in writing to classmates and instructors has increased my ability to communicate in other areas of my life. If you are considering online learning, be sure to take part in everything it has to offer, including friendship.

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The Importance of School Resources for Student-Parents

November 16th, 2011 by admin

These days, universities provide a broad range of resources to enable students from all backgrounds to get a college education. In my opinion, the most important resource schools offer is aid to students who are also parents. Without the various programs that universities provide, many parents would be unable to obtain a postsecondary education.

My university ensures that parents can attend college and even become better, more informed parents. They offer childcare, family counseling, parent training, nutritional support and distance education. Without the discounted childcare for my two little boys, I never would be able to attend college full-time. For under $100 a week, both of my boys are in the childcare center for four hours a few days a week. This is far less expensive than other similar centers in my area. Since the program is university-sponsored, I know it is a safe environment, and I do not feel like I need to do a ton of reference checks like I do with babysitters.

What makes the daycare even better is that it is directly located on the university campus. It is extremely convenient just to drop the boys off before heading to class, and I can rest easy knowing they are in an educational setting. The daycare has separate classrooms for different age groups, meaning each of my boys, who are two years apart in age, are receiving education that is completely tailored to their needs. They treat the daycare like a preschool for the older kids. My four-year-old son comes home every time full of stories about how much fun he had learning that day.

Another program I am grateful for is distance education. Until I reached upper-division courses, I was able to complete most of my education online. This was so important when I first had my children. I was able to knock out two years of study via the comfort of my own home while changing diapers and making bottles. This opportunity is just priceless for student-parents of young children.

When my mother died last year, our family was full of grief. It was during final exams, and I ended up taking two incompletes for the semester. This was the first time we utilized the university’s free family counseling program. Through weekly sessions, we were able to deal with our grief and get our lives back on track. If I had been left to cope with my sadness alone, I am fairly certain I would have put off going back to school for months.

Without all these resources, I know I would not be one semester away from graduation. I am so thankful for everything my university has done to make sure I can get that education. Just because students chose to become parents first does not mean they should be excluded from everything universities offer. Resources for student-parents are necessary so our families can lead better lives and not become another poverty statistic.

Marie Brandon is a current senior at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, studying English. In her spare time, she loves to read, watch movies and spend time with her family.

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Freshman Zombies from University X

November 30th, 2007 by Key Magazine

Going off to college was an intimidating experience. For the first time, I was living away from home. I was in a dorm suite with seven guys I didn’t know. My best friend pledged at one of the fraternities, so we didn’t see much of each other during that first week. It could have been one of the worst experiences of my life.

I arrived on campus my freshman year and settled in to my dorm less than a week before the start of classes. Those days were torture. Surrounded by people I didn’t know, in a strange environment, I wanted nothing more than to go home. Then something strange happened. Just when I felt nothing could go right, some of the older guys in the dorm started throwing a Frisbee.

Soon, most of the guys and girls in the dorm gathered outside for the impromptu game. We talked. We learned about one another. Before long, someone suggested we all go to the movies. Minutes later, 17 of us were piling into cars to drive across town to the movie theatre.

Along the way, I discovered that two of the guys in the car shared my interest in comic books. They even offered to take me along to their favorite comic shop every week. I began to feel less alone. I started to feel like one of the gang.

We saw the latest horror flick. Everyone loved it. Afterward, we drove downtown to an old restaurant and overran an entire section. Our tables were crowded together, everyone talking and laughing. We ate chili nachos and swapped stories. By the end of the night, we were no longer a bunch of strangers prone to awkward silences. We were a crowd. We were “those guys.” We were now friends.

We had so much fun, we forgot that we were supposed to be missing our homes and families. The disaster that could have been my first college experience had been averted.

The following year, I felt that it was my responsibility to make sure that the freshmen students in our dorm had a similar experience. We included everyone, billing the event as the Second Annual Kuehne Hall Horror Movie Kick-Off Party. A group even larger than the previous year made the journey to the movies and the after-party at the restaurant.

It didn’t take a university-sponsored event or the work of the Student Life office to make a bunch of freshmen feel at home. All it took was a few upperclassmen who remembered what it was like to be the new kid on campus.

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