Physical Requirements

Physical Requirements

A medical clearance form is required prior to entrance into the Wind Power Technology program.

The U.S. Department of Labor indicates that the duties of a wind power technician require “Heavy Work.” This is defined as exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Medium Work.

In addition, these technicians must be able to work at heights.  Below are guidelines to help identify suitable candidates for work-at-height.

MENTAL APTITUDE

  • Healthy respect for heights
  • Consistent safety attitude
  • Willingness to learn and improve
  • Team orientation
  • Ability to work productively in adverse conditions

PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Capable of functioning in climatic extremes
  • Ability to work while suspended in harness for extended periods of time
  • Good strength-to-weight ratio
  • Body weight of 300 lbs recommended maximum for people up to 6 ft tall
  • 1 chin-up; hold for 10 sec.
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects
  • 50 to 75 Sit-up crunches
  • Carry 25 kg for 50 meters (55 lbs for 165 ft)
  • Average to good cardio fitness
  • Climb 50 stairs without physical distress or prolonged elevated heart rate
  • Healthy joints and full-function of extremities (especially hands)

POSSIBLE LIMITATIONS/CONCERNS

  • Heart disease or hypertension
  • Epilepsy, seizures, or blackouts
  • Dizziness or impaired balance
  • Severe allergic reaction to insect bites (anaphylactic shock)
  • Brittle or uncontrolled diabetes
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (poor blood circulation to extremities)
  • Severe hearing loss
  • Psychiatric illness
  • Extreme Sun Sensitivity
  • Severe tendonitis or arthritis
  • Obesity