If you are determined to be a wind turbine technician, you need to know what options you have and which will give you the highest chance of succeeding. It is also important to note that some individuals can complete shorter ‘conversion’ courses depending on their prior experience and study.
University degrees are one of the most common ways into the world of blade careers. Typically, most people pursue engineering degrees if they are interested in a wind turbine blade career.
Some of the best university degrees for this career path include:
- Electrical power engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Renewable energy engineering
Some of these degrees will also offer internships or other industry connections within the wind sector, which can give students a significant advantage in entering the field.
You will need 2 to 3 A levels (or equivalent) to start a degree. Entry requirements for foundation degrees are slightly lower, with applicants needing 1 to 2 A levels to qualify.
Alternatively, you can pursue a college diploma. For instance:
- T Level technical qualification in maintenance, installation, and repair for engineering and manufacturing
- Level 3 diploma in maintenance engineering technology
- Level 3 certificate in electrical or mechanical engineering
Most diplomas require applicants to have 4 or 5 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or A* to C.
Advanced apprenticeships as an engineering technician or maintenance and operations engineering technician can provide a direct route to wind turbine blade careers.
An apprenticeship typically has entry requirements of between 4 and 5 A levels, grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).
Some individuals can apply directly for a wind turbine job. To apply directly for blade careers, you will require previous experience or qualifications in a related field, like mechanical or electrical engineering or the UK armed forces.
Some companies within the wind sector offer blade repair training to those entering the industry.
For instance, industry specialists Altitec offer hands-on training with the possibility of a job after successfully completing the course.