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Wind and Oil: Different Energy Sources, Same Jobs

Posted: July 14, 2017
Category: Economy , Family , Joy , Local

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Everybody needs them. They are, after all, what puts food on the table at the end of the day. If you are looking for employment in the oil industry, think again. It’s time to think green and to think clean. Here are 10 jobs in the oil industry that also apply to the wind energy industry.



In a nutshell, engineers in these industries have the crucial responsibility of product design and supervision of projects. Engineers make sure a project is executed safely and efficiently, with some specific tasks varying with each type of engineer. Although oil and wind industries may both necessitate a civil engineer’s expertise, the tasks can differ greatly in each field. Here’s a quick list of certain engineering disciplines needed for both wind and oil industries:



  • Civil engineers

  • Electrical engineers

  • Environmental engineers

  • Industrial engineers

  • And mechanical engineers




A geoscientist uses gathered geological information to produce maps, charts, and scientific reports to determine results for certain projects. Generally, they specialize in engineering, exploration, and environmental protection geology. For example, a geologist working in the wind industry would determine the most suitable area to place a wind farm after taking into account rock or soil formations.


Construction worker(s):

The production of a windfarm or an oil well would not be possible without construction workers. Here are some specific types of construction workers that are needed for both wind and oil construction:



  • Construction laborers

  • Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators;

  • Electricians

  • Truck drivers


Well, there you have it! As mentioned, these roles are as diverse as the projects they are a part of. Regardless, it takes a team to build both an oil well and a windfarm.