Country/Region:  US
City:  Ellsworth, IL
Company:  EDP Renewables North America LLC

EDP Renewables is a global leader in the renewable energy sector nad the world's third-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets, and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 17 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK, US and Vietnam). 

EDPR is committed to furthering social advances in terms of sustainability and integration. This is reflected by the inclusion of the company in the Bloomberg Gender Equality index and the fact that it has been certified as a Top Employer 2021 in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Portugal and Romania), both of which recognise its employee-driven policies.

What you will do

Role Overview:

Exciting entry-level position, the Wind Technician I is an essential member of the Wind Farm that is responsible for the on-site operations, maintenance, repairs, and replacement of equipment at one of EDPR NA’s wind-energy generation sites. Tasks include but are not limited to completing Lock-Out-Tag-Out (LOTO), Tail Board, and documentation that is necessary to support wind turbine maintenance safely.  This team member will also conduct inspections of equipment, tools, and facilities for compliance with EDPR policies, governmental safety guidelines, and environmental regulations. The ideal candidate is seeking an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in a dynamic team setting with a passion for renewable energy as EDPR is changing tomorrow now!

Main responsibilities:

  • Ensure proper operation and maintenance of wind turbines and associated wind plant equipment including substation and tower switchgear 
  • Proactively look for improvement opportunities to job-appropriate processes and procedures and communicate through appropriate channels or implement improvements using the appropriate control management protocol 
  • Identify gaps in safety standards and safety risks in the environment, implement effective risk mitigation and provide recommendations to higher-level technical staff and management 
  • Demonstrate and promote integrity, strong initiative, and teamwork 
  • Comply with all pertinent environmental health and safety programs and act as a safety role model 
  • Work with and respond to EDPRs Remote Operations Control Center when necessary to coordinate remote operations 
  • Complete all required training in a satisfactory manner and timeframe 
  • Participate in on-the-job training with on-site personnel 
  • Document all work performed using computer-based service reporting procedures 
  • Adhere to internal controls in effect 
  • Additional duties as required 

Employment type


Work site

Onsite, Twin Groves- Ellsworth, IL

What are we looking for

Minimum Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent; technical school education preferred 
  • The ideal candidate should have a strong mechanical background, specifically gearing-related. 
  • 1 – 2 years relevant experience in wind energy or a related industry (preferred) 
  • Understanding of Microsoft products and complementing products 
  • Experience with power plant operations and maintenance, wind plant operations and turbines (including turbine power converters specifically), high voltage switching, and post-operational repair and maintenance of turbines (preferred) 
  • Familiarity with maintenance and electronic testing equipment (e.g., voltage testers, amp clamps, hydraulic torque equipment, alignment tools, various hand, and power tools) and with heavy equipment required for facility maintenance including working knowledge of crane and rigging requirements (preferred) 
  • Proficient knowledge of SQL Server software, facility management, reporting systems, and computerized diagnostic and troubleshooting tools (preferred) 
  • Willingness and ability to pass a background investigation and drug test 
  • Valid driver’s license with a safe driving record 


Up to 10%

Behavioral Requirements:

  • Able to effectively collaborate with employees at all professional levels and ability to respectfully follow supervision and support initiatives. 
  • Basic computer operation skills, familiarity with internet-based program navigation, and ability to generate and interpret computer data. 
  • Ability to read, interpret and understand drawings and schematics to validate work activity and ensure that risks are identified and mitigated.

Physical demands & working conditions:

  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to frequently perform physical tasks including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting, squatting, and reaching approximately 75% of the time while on wind farm sites; ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment 
  • Walking:  Ability to walk .25 to .5 miles per day, including across unpaved and rough surfaces when on wind farm sites 
  • Speech/Reading:  Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or scheduled form 
  • Lifting: Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 50 pounds 
  • Climbing:   
  • Ability to climb turbine towers in excess of 100 meters in height to access the work area 
  • Weight must be between 125 lbs. and 275 lbs., excluding equipment/gear worn when performing job-related tasks, to be in accordance with the ANSI Fall Protection Standards. 
  • Vision/Hearing: Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form 
  • Tolerance to Extreme Weather Conditions: Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 25% of the time while on wind farm sites 
  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary 

Among EDPR's principles we would like to highlight diversity and inclusion as a strength in our values and practices. Reinforcing these principles has a real impact on the satisfaction of commitment, increases talent and the quality of leadership of our professionals. To achieve all our objectives, it intends to attract, develop and retain different profiles, assuming diversity as a key factor and differentiator of fundamental innovation in our organisation. We welcome and value all people, and we are committed to the inclusion and sense of belonging of each person who is part of EDPR.


What makes us proud as an employer:

TOP Employer Europe 2021 certification.
Bloomberg Gender Equality Index 2021.
Top Workplaces US 2021.
Certification in Conciliation (Excellence) by the Más Familia Foundation;

Nearest Major Market: Bloomington IL
Nearest Secondary Market: Normal

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