I am currently getting a Master's of Applied Science in Aerospace engineering, but am interested in wind energy and therefore would maybe rather have any job in wind energy than something higher paying but in a less interesting field.
I'm looking at say becoming a technician for a few years, just to get outside for a few years as well as to get my foot in the door, as well as to gain some practical experience on the turbines so that if I do make my way (by promotion) into the office I'm not way out of touch. But will this damage my chances of getting the most out of my degree? Any general advice on how likely one is to get promoted from "blue-collar" job to office job within a company or across companies, if they have the relevant training?
Thanks all for the answers and comments, lots of good points on both sides. I did speak with someone last night from a turbine OEM and he said better to get into the company ASAP. I guess this question might be really industry-dependent. Likely being a mechanic at a Toyota dealership is not going to be as useful to becoming a Toyota engineer as being a technician for Siemens Gamesa to becoming a Siemens Gamesa engineer.
It will also depend on personal history. I do have a fair amount of practical experience in both small shop work as well as construction, and little office engineering experience, so I'm confident I could do both jobs but it's a question of getting a foot in the door.
My takeaway so far is: talk to people directly in the company and see what they recommend.