Openings at National Grid Renewables

Wind Technician - Green River

Job Title
Wind Technician - Green River
Job ID
Deer Grove,  IL 61243
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National Grid Renewables, which includes the renewables development company formerly known as Geronimo Energy, is a leading North American renewable energy company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with satellite offices located in the regions where it develops, constructs, and operates renewable energy projects. As a farmer-friendly and community focused company, National Grid Renewables develops projects for corporations and utilities that seek to repower America’s electricity grid by reigniting local economies and reinvesting in a sustainable future. National Grid Renewables is part of the competitive, unregulated Ventures division of National Grid and has a portfolio of solar, wind, and energy storage projects located throughout the United States in various stages of development, construction and operation.

National Grid Renewables develops high value, competitive renewable energy projects. Our focus on communities and farmers means it’s not just about projects, but about the people we work with, both outside and inside our organization. National Grid Renewables Team Members embody our foundational culture of being entrepreneurial, creative, and nimble and take pride in supporting National Grid’s vision to be at the heart of a clean, fair and affordable energy future for all.

The Wind Plant Technician, based at the Green River Wind Farm near Deer Grove, IL, provides the onsite operations, maintenance, repairs and replacement of equipment on a wind powered generation plant, and leads in all areas of plant operations as directed by the Wind Plant Manager. 

Responsibilities include:   
  • Operate and maintain balance of plant equipment, including substation, and collector systems.
  • Provide quality assessments and quality control of the work performed by all third-party contractors including the turbine O&M service provider.
  • Read schematics to troubleshoot complicated mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic problems with variable pitch, variable speed control systems and components.
  • Perform mechanical and electrical component repair or replacement of parts to correct malfunctions following all manufacturers' requirements.
  • Comply with all project’s environmental health and safety programs.
  • Perform preventive maintenance in accordance with equipment maintenance manuals.
  • Adhere to effective internal controls.
  • Ability to operate heavy equipment for road maintenance.
  • Work closely with local landowners and homeowners to resolve complaints.

  • Two year college or technical school certificate; or 18 months of related experience or wind industry training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Valid driver's license and acceptable driving record
  • Ability to climb 100 meter steel towers on a daily basis to perform QA/QC in the nacelle and hub
  • Ability to frequently lift items weighing 1 to 60 pounds and occasionally lift items from 61 to 100 pounds
  • Advanced computer skills utilizing word processing, spreadsheets, email, facility control, management and reporting systems, including the use of computerized diagnostic and troubleshooting tools
  • Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Possession of comprehensive writing skills to meet contractual reporting obligations.
  • Willing to work overtime on holidays, weekends, and on short notice. Participates in an on-call schedule.
  • Ability to work in extremely adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to work around low and medium and high voltage.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with other internal departments.
  • Weight must not exceed 300 lbs excluding equipment/gear worn when performing job related tasks.
  • Knowledge of heavy equipment required for facility maintenance with a working knowledge of crane and rigging requirements.
  • Familiarity with maintenance and electronic testing equipment (i.e. voltage testers, amp clamps, oscilloscopes, megohmmeters, infrared testers, hydraulic torque equipment, alignment and various hand and power tools.)
  • Willingness and desire to increase professional knowledge of turbine equipment, including safety regulations. May require travel to other wind sites within US.
  • If selected for an interview, candidates will be asked to review the Functional Job Analysis requirements for this job.
  • Able to successfully pass a background check that includes MVR report.
  • Able to successfully pass a fit for duty examination with drug screen.

Preference may be given to candidates with the following:
  • Experience in power plant operations and maintenance
  • Experience in wind plant operations and turbine experience; including specific experience in wind turbine power converters.
  • Experience in high voltage equipment maintenance and switching.
  • Qualified candidates living in or near the greater local area.

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