The governments across the globe give utmost importance to the renewable energy industry. The goal is to set targets of sustainability in the long run. Among others, the offshore wind industry is taking the lead in providing sufficient energy sources while tackling and combating climate change.
Given the relevance of this industry, it is a good reason for you to pursue an offshore wind career. However, because this industry has a competitive market, it can be quite challenging to penetrate in and thrive in the long run. You need to assess what you really want by considering a few important factors.
That said, below are three vital factors to consider when planning to start an offshore wind career.
1. Company Type: turbine manufacturers or utility industry
The scopes of a job vary from one company to another. You have to assess what type of company and work you might want to have, whether you want to work for a manufacturer or a utility provider. Know that a manufacturer usually builds, installs, and services wind farms while a utility provider typically has its own wind farm to manage day-to-day operations.
Consider the employer’s minimum entry requirements, such as the knowledge, set of skills, and background needed for the job. Once you’ve identified a particular company, sign up for alerts on its page to see when a particular role becomes available.
2. Employment Status: contract or permanent role
Other than the company type, the next to consider is employment status. This is where you will need to decide whether you will opt for a contract or a permanent role. In most cases, companies have a combination of contractors and permanent staff working for them. Know that a permanent staff has a more stable income, given the more possibilities to earn promotions into senior management.
A contractor, on the other hand, has a greater earning capacity from the start. Yet, there can be gaps in pay, should campaigns get delayed, or are finished ahead of schedule. If you know what you want a have a long-term plan, then the permanent role is right for you. If you’re still in the testing phase, then you should opt for a contractual role instead.
3. Passion: from installation to decommissioning
It’s vital to assess what your passion is when it comes to specific offshore wind roles. Different skill sets are required, given that the lifecycle of the wind farm progresses from installation to decommissioning. Chances are, you can take active roles in the maintaining, servicing, troubleshooting, inspecting, repairing of blades, and more.
Know that different levels of technical training are provided, depending on the position you take on. The Global Wind Organisation sets the basic standards that must be complied with by all manufacturers and utility providers. Consider the stages — from basic training to more technical and role-specific training. In the end, it all boils down to what your passion is so that you can begin to target applications and find the right role for you.
Pursuing a career in an offshore wind industry can be quite fulfilling, given its environmental relevance and human needs for renewable energy. As the career competition is quite high, consider the company type, employment status, and your passion when starting a career in such an industry. All these steps will lead you to a fulfilling career path.
If you’re looking for GWO training courses to help you develop yourself in your wind career, get in touch with NRS Training Services to see how we can help.