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3 Tips for Planning an Effective Maintenance Strategy for Wind Techs

3 Tips for Planning an Effective-Maintenance Strategy for Wind Techs

3 Tips for Planning an Effective Maintenance Strategy for Wind Techs

While it may be true that a job working as a wind turbine technician with a GWO certification isn’t for the faint-hearted, those workers still face challenges at work like any other regular job.

A wind turbine technician requires a combination of stamina and advanced technical skills. Despite the amount of training they’ve received, if faced with a challenging situation, there is still the potential to be overwhelmed by their work . The following are three strategies that managers can implement to ensure they have a more productive and stress-free day at work.

 

1. A good maintenance strategy goes a long way

At the start of the day, every wind farm operator has one primary objective: to maximise the useful life of their assets . By constantly monitoring the turbines and performing preventive and predictive maintenance at a scheduled time, operators are able to minimise any unplanned downtime and optimise their operation and maintenance costs.

Developing a comprehensive maintenance plan is the key to efficient and stress-free operation. The plan needs to include information about the asset’s maintenance history and schedule, combined with targeted data about what maintenance vents are covered by the following:

  • Life-cycle
  • Service Contracts
  • Preventive Maintenance Plans

You should also remember to include all the information the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) team needs to proactively define what maintenance is required. The interval between each maintenance cycle is also important.

2. Careful planning of outages is essential for Wind Techs
Shore based wind turbine technicians generally start out their day at an O&M building located on the wind farm. This is where the technicians receive their daily work assignments and pick up their equipment, parts, and their transport before transiting to the job site. This is where proper planning plays an important role.

Making accurate inventory stocking decisions and avoiding last-minute emergency part shipments can significantly impact an operator’s bottom line. When the technicians arrive onsite with all the equipment needed, they can begin their work on time. Sticking to the schedule avoids unplanned down time, which helps reduce cost overruns from schedule delays and repeat visits.

 

3. Making sure wind turbine technicians are always well-equipped
A field technician will always tell you that the best part of their job is getting a job done well. There are only three things that stand between them and meeting the customers’ expectations:

  • Access to Information
  • Access to Training
  • Access to Resources

As long as all technicians are afforded these basic requirements to operate effectively in their jobs, they’ll have no problem always getting the job done right.

 

Conclusion
Wind turbine technicians spend most of their days working at height on a turbine, performing preventive maintenance work and troubleshooting. In order to perform their tasks well, every piece of equipment and preparation needs to be correct, to allow maximum optimisation of their workflows.

NRS Training Services is a leading GWO training provider across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Scotland, and the UK. Get your GWO Certification and begin your journey to become a fully certified wind turbine technician. Contact us to get started!

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