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Wind Energy Project Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Leads or manages the development and evaluation of potential wind energy business opportunities, including environmental studies, permitting, and proposals. May also manage construction of projects.

This career is part of the Management and Administration cluster Corporate/General Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Coordinates or directs development, energy assessment, engineering, or construction activities to ensure that wind project needs and objectives are met.
  • Manages wind project costs to stay within budget limits.
  • Leads or supports negotiations involving tax agreements or abatements, power purchase agreements, land use, or interconnection agreements.
  • Creates wind energy project plans, including project scope, goals, tasks, resources, schedules, costs, contingencies, or other project information.
  • Supervises the work of subcontractors or consultants to ensure quality and conformance to specifications or budgets.
  • Develops scope of work for wind project functions, such as design, site assessment, environmental studies, surveying, or field support services.
  • Provides verbal or written project status reports to project teams, management, subcontractors, customers, or owners.
  • Updates schedules, estimates, forecasts, or budgets for wind projects.
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of applications for environmental, building, or other required permits.
  • Reviews or evaluates proposals or bids to make recommendations regarding awarding of contracts.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

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