Landing a job as a wind turbine technician
As the wind energy industry becomes more prominent in the charge toward a sustainable future, the need and demand for wind turbine technicians continue to grow. A career in the wind energy industry can be challenging and exciting, requiring individuals with specific knowledge and skill sets. To learn more about how to become a wind turbine technician, keep reading the post below:
Overview of Skills & Qualities
To be successful as a wind turbine technician, one must have a team-oriented attitude and a disciplined work ethic. Wind turbine blade repair and maintenance is a high-risk, demanding job, so communicating effectively with your fellow team members is crucial. In addition to high team spirit, it is also helpful for aspiring technicians to have some background and interest in technical skills, such as mechanics and construction.
Working as a wind energy technician often requires frequent travel and operating on a rotational basis, both for onshore and offshore projects. For some, travel may only occur within the United States, but many technicians are also asked to travel abroad. However, this can also be an excellent opportunity for those who want to travel and explore different parts of the world.
Trainings & Certifications
While some requirements may vary for offshore and onshore projects, several certification requirements must be met before beginning any work with wind turbines. Due to the remote location of wind turbines, all technicians must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving history to perform on a work site.
Two of the most basic yet essential certifications to complete are the GWO Basic Training courses. The first is the GWO Basic Safety Training Course. This comprehensive course comprises four modules: working at heights, first aid, manual handling, and fire awareness. All aspiring technicians should also complete the GWO Basic Technical Training, which focuses on the technical requirements of working with wind turbines. The three modules include training in mechanics, electrical, and hydraulics.
For more information about the requirements of these courses, visit the Tech Safety Lines GWO page on our website.
Other Experience and Career Development
Having an updated and robust resume is a key part of career success in the wind energy industry. A resume should include any relevant skills and experience, including previous training, certifications, and transferable skills from other sectors such as electricity, construction, etc. It can also be beneficial to list any relevant experience gained from diverse career paths, such as serving in the Armed Forces.
Completing apprenticeships and technical school courses can also be a great way to gain relevant industry experience and stand out when applying for various jobs. Realistic training environments can also be helpful in developing necessary skills. With three state-of-the-art training facilities and cutting-edge realistic training props, Tech Safety Lines is the perfect place to grow your skillset and train with some of the best educators in the industry.
Other actions can be taken to make yourself stand out and secure a position as a wind turbine technician. Staying in shape by diversifying your exercise routine can significantly improve your physical strength, a crucial part of working on wind turbines. It can also be helpful to stay updated on the latest industry developments by following industry-specific social media accounts, checking job forums for new postings, and connecting with other wind industry professionals on platforms like Linkedin.
Pursuing a wind turbine technician career in the rapidly growing wind energy industry requires a blend of teamwork, technical knowledge, and a robust work ethic. Essential certifications, continuous professional development, and a willingness to travel are critical components of this dynamic role. This career not only offers a path to personal growth, but also contributes significantly to the global pursuit of sustainable energy solutions.