What Kind of Job Awaits a GWO Certified Wind Turbine Technician
So, you’re one of the fortunate ones who underwent safety training and got your GWO (Global Wind Organisation) Working at Heights certification. You’re probably wondering what’s the next step and what kind of jobs will be waiting for you.
The renewable energy sector is a fast-growing and exciting industry with a growing list of opportunities and diverse career paths to choose from. If you’re one of the lucky ones who got certified in Working at Heights, your skills and knowledge will be valuable to furthering the growth of the wind industry and your career. Here are some of the opportunities available for you to explore.
GWO Certified Wind Turbine Technician
Wind turbine technicians are stationed at either onshore or offshore wind farms and are primarily in charge of turbine repairs and maintenance. Some of the things you will be involved in are testing and repairs of mechanical and electrical equipment. Monitoring the daily performance of all the equipment also falls within your scope. You’ll be mostly working at height and in confined spaces on a daily basis. You have a GWO certification for working at height, so you should be fine working in a place like this.
Blade Repair Technician
This is thought of as the riskiest job within the wind industry. You’ll be wearing a harness and access to the blade either from means of rope access, Suspended blade access platform, mobile elevated working platform (MEWP) or truck-mounted platform. Blade repair technicians are also responsible for repairing, maintaining, inspecting the blades regularly. Your working at height training will undoubtedly be put to the test here.
Onshore vs Offshore Wind Farms
Jobs in the renewable energy sector vary from offshore to onshore. Offshore farms are constructed in bodies of water where they generate large amounts of energy due to the high-speed winds. Onshore farms, on the other hand, are built on land close to the shore. Wherever the wind farm is based, there are differences in their operations and even the jobs they offer. The choice is ultimately yours on which farms you would rather work.
In order to ensure the continued safety of workers in the wind industry, everyone is required to undergo a re-certification process every few years. The following modules need to be renewed if you are to continue your employment in the industry:
- Enhanced First Aid
- Basic Safety Training
- Working at Height
- Fire Awareness
- Sea Survival
- Manual Handling
You need to complete your recertification before your current GWO certification expires. A refresher course is arranged to help you review some of the basic safety principles in working at height situations. However, suppose you fail to renew your certification before the expiry date of your original one. In that case, you will have to take all modules in full again in order for your certificate to become valid.
Possessing a GWO Working at Heights certification is a valuable credential to have, and it can open a lot of high-paying jobs in the wind industry. From working as a wind turbine technician to a blade repair technician, the career opportunities are endless.