Andrea Crawford

Andrea Crawford

Wind Turbine Technician


DTE Energy

Breckenridge, MI USA


Any bad day I’ve had at work—if I’m getting frustrated or upset, I’ve had a long week and I just need a breather—I’ll go on top [of the turbine] and that’s an instant emotional change.

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Andrea Crawford

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I learned about wind energy in my senior year shop class in high school and was immediately drawn to it because I hadn’t heard anyone talking about the wind industry before.
I reached out to someone who had graduated a few years before me and was working in the industry—he explained the steps he took to get to where he is and I followed.
I went to trade school at MIAT College of Technology, where I spent seven months learning to become a wind turbine technician.
Straight after completing school, I started my career in wind energy.
I thought I was only going to work in wind energy for a short period of time while I figured out what I ultimately wanted to do for a career but I ended up falling in love with it!
I’ve been in the field for a few years now and currently work as a wind turbine technician for DTE Energy.
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Education

High School
Certification/License
Wind Power Technician
MIAT College of Technology

Career

Wind Turbine Technician

I maintain wind turbines that provide energy to the greater population.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Technology
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I'm stationary right now, so I go into the same office every day. Unless one of the towers is down or needs attention, I stay in the office getting caught up on work orders and maintaining the shop. Other wind turbine technicians can be travelers. They'll start their day in the office to pick up any supplies before heading out to the wind tower. They'll primarily work inside the tower but may also have to go up to the top of the tower to work.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I highly recommend going to a trade school. My trade school program was only seven months long and significantly less expensive than a four-year college. My teachers were also very supportive, which made a world of difference in my learning. On top of that, the school helped us build resumes and prepare for job interviews, so I was able to find a job immediately after completing the program.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"No one is going to want to talk to me or work with me because I'm a woman."