Coast Offshore

An Introduction to the wind industry

An Introduction to the wind industry

What certificates do I require?

Before you step foot on a wind farm you are required to complete around 50 hours of training, to stay consistent standards have been set globally by the Global Wind Organisation. With Safety as a fundamental priority we look to create a zero-harm environment for our team.

To meet the minimum requirements you must hold the following certificates:

  • GWO Manual Handling
  • GWO Working at Heights
  • GWO First Aid
  • GWO Fire Awareness
  • GWO Sea Survival (If going Offshore)
  • GWO Hub or Advanced Rescue
  • BTT ( If you don’t come from a mechanical or electrical)

You will also be required to sit a medical every 2 years, this can be a OGUK Medical with the Chester Step add on or you can complete the RUK Medical which covers both.

Where do I get my GWO certificates?

There are many training providers who provide GWO courses, you can research training centres online. We are opening a Training Academy in Dundee in Summer 2023 which will offer the full GWO courses in Dundee, Scotland.

Do I require any additional training?

Wind Turbines come in different makes, models and sizes. Each make may require separate training which is tailored to specifics.

The industry has lots of careers available for people who have the right work ethic and skill set.

Candidates with mechanical or electrical experience are preferred.  Coming from this type of background means you can understand the operational processes behind how a turbine actually works, these are transferrable skills that you will use.

A full drivers licence is also essential as you will be required to travel.

What environment will I be working in?

Technicians generally work outdoors, in confined spaces and at great heights. Some wind farms are in remote locations which may require you to work away from home for weeks at a time.

How do I find a job?

There are lots of roles out there in the industry, whether onshore or offshore, the hardest part is getting the experience under your belt. Making sure your CV is up to date is absolutely key, list the models you have worked on and the specific roles that you carried out.

What does a wind technician do?

Working as a technician, you must not mind being at great height, enjoy working outdoors and enjoy physical/mental challenges. Technicians make sure components are operating efficiently and at their best. If there is a fault then technicians have the job of fixing the component up in the air. Other duties may include diagnostic checks and replacements. They will work with the Tower, Nacelle  and the blades. Technicians may also be responsible for producing reports.

The Market

The market is on the rise with no signs of slowing down, in order to reach the governments target 0f net zero by 2030 wind technicians are in high demand across the globe.

Seasonal Work

Renewables is very seasonal and is often quiet between the months of November until March time, this is due to the weather. Work may often not be available during these months of the year, this is something you must consider.