|Position Title||Research Engineer|
|Alternate Title(s)||Government Engineer, Research and Development Engineer, Basic Research Engineer, Component Researcher, Materials Engineer|
|Education & Training Level||Bachelor’s degree required, prefer graduate degree|
|Education & Training Level Description||Research engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers value practical experience, e.g., cooperative engineering programs, prior work experience, or internships.|
|Brief job description||Research engineers work with government, academic institutions, manufacturers and other sectors of the wind industry to plan, manage and conduct projects to develop and assess new wind turbine technologies and processes that produce the most electricity at the lowest cost. Researchers in component manufacturing study cutting edge technologies and invent new processes or components helpful in wind power technology.|
|Preferred Level of Education||Master’s degree|
|Preferred Level of Experience||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
|Estimated/Expected Salary||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
Research engineers work with government, academic institutions, manufacturers and others to plan, manage and conduct projects to develop and assess new wind turbine technologies and processes that produce the most electricity at the lowest cost while withstanding atmospheric loads.
Research engineers may also be responsible for:
Engineers use computers extensively to produce and analyze designs, generate specifications for parts, monitor product quality, and simulate and test how a turbine or component operates. Because of the complexity of wind turbines, research engineers may come from a wide variety of engineering disciplines such as aerospace, civil, computer science, electrical, environmental, health and safety, industrial, materials, or mechanical engineering.