It’s an exciting time to enter the wind industry. Plans to build 1,000 to 2,000 new wind farms to produce enough electricity to power every home in the UK by 2030 mean positions will be opening up across the country and throughout Europe.
There are several different routes into blade careers, whether you have zero experience and no training or have worked in a similar engineering role for years. Whatever your background, options help you land the job of your dreams.
So, what do you need to land your first blade career job?
1. Expand your mind.
There’s no getting away from the fact that you will have to learn and train if you want to work on wind turbines. However, there are plenty of opportunities for interested individuals from college to university, apprenticeships, or on-the-job learning.
2. Certificate qualifications.
As we’ve said, there are many routes for those getting into blade careers. You can opt for a more classroom or hands-on-based approach. However, whichever way you take, you will need to get certified before you can work on any wind turbine.
For example, Altitec’s rotor blade repair training courses are GWO accredited, guaranteeing students the hands-on learning and certificates they need to get started.
3. Reach new heights
Working on wind turbines means working at heights. It also involves being relatively physically fit. We suggest climbing and trying out other activities (like cleaning windows or gutters) that allow you to experience being high up before you start training.
4. Brush up on wind turbines
If you want to get that first job, make sure you know your wind turbine terminology and facts. Knowledgeable people already trying to learn more about the industry are sure to impress.
5. Update your CV
Ensure you’ve included all related experience, training, and skills. Include both hard and soft skills to impress. For example, the wind industry always looks for mechanical engineers, hydraulic specialists, and problem solvers.
One more thing – get a driving license if you don’t have one. Wind turbines are often in remote locations, and in order to repair and maintain the turbines, technicians need to drive.
Learn more about wind turbine blade careers and training with Altitec. Altitec offers certified blade repair training courses and job opportunities within the company for some successful students.