Plan, set up, and monitor offshore wind farms.
What does an Offshore Wind Operations Manager do?
A windy day is good for more than flying a kite, having an excuse to avoid hanging holiday lights, or stripping the trees of all their leaves. Wind is a powerful tool in the effort to provide clean electricity to businesses, homes, and public places. In the ocean, where spaces are vast and wide open, winds are often many times stronger than they are on land. That’s why Offshore Wind Operations Managers target those areas for wind power.
As an Offshore Wind Operations Manager, you’re most likely a Mechanical Engineer or an Electrical Engineer. Because you’ve paid your dues in math and science classes, you understand how wind energy works. Companies rely on you to use that knowledge to maximize production.
That’s no easy task, and it puts your skills as an Offshore Wind Operations Manager to the test. The process often starts with planning, where you’re expected to calculate how many turbines will be needed and where they must be located for optimal wind exposure. To do that, you study data, visit possible sites, write up reports, and present your findings.
You might also work as Construction Supervisor during the construction phase. After all, someone has to make sure that the turbines are properly installed. Once you do, you make adjustments, monitor maintenance, and evaluate performance of both the wind farm and your employees. In your spare time, you order parts, monitor the budget, and work to produce a consistent supply of power.