Wind turbine technicians are an essential element in supporting CanWEA’s vision of helping Canada to fully realize its abundant wind energy potential on behalf of its members – and for the benefit of all Canadians – to build a cleaner, stronger future. The construction, maintenance and decommissioning of wind energy facilities requires a highly trained and safety-focused workforce. These skills must be taught consistently and with excellence to ensure optimum human performance of operation of equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
Here are some of the diverse jobs needed for wind farms today:
- Wind Turbine Technician – Both electrical and mechanical skills
- Electrician – High and low voltage
- Supervision/Management – For one or multiple wind farms
- Admin/Logistics/Compliance – General administration, supply chain, stock room, regulation compliance, etc.
- Forecasting/Dispatch – Wind power forecasting and grid dispatch response
- Major Component Replacement – Manufacturer or independent service provider for large repairs such as gearbox replacement
- Blade/Composites Technician – Specialized fiberglass/carbon fiber repairs at heights
- Electrical/Project Engineering
- Land remediation – Repair damaged crops/vegetation, service road repairs, etc.
Training this work force for the growing numbers of excellent jobs, and standardizing entry-level training, is a responsibility of all wind energy stakeholders – turbine owners, manufacturers, colleges, service providers, etc.
To enhance training efforts, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has partnered with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) to lay out a core competency standard for wind turbine technicians in North America. This will be a critical piece of work to keep the expectations for technicians at the right level so that their work is compliant with relevant North American requirements. The wind industry needs to continue to be represented by the best.
By establishing core competencies, we can assist Colleges and employers in targeting the key areas of training that are required for a safe and efficient operation.
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