The US offshore wind industry requires more than 44,000 workers in order to meet the White House’s 30GW target – here’s how the sector can source them.

The US offshore wind industry needs YOU.

A target has been set by the US government of “employing tens of thousands of workers” to deploy 30GW of offshore wind by 2030.

The White House has said that meeting the target will trigger more than $12 billion in capital investment projects on both US coasts. As a result, tens of thousands of “good-paying” jobs will be created, employing more than 44,000 workers in offshore wind by 2030. Nearly 33,000 additional jobs will be created in communities supported by offshore wind activity. 

If all goes to plan, enough power will be generated to meet the requirements of 10 million American homes for a year. At the same time, this will avoid 78 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.

 

Boost for Offshore Supply Chain

Lining up the thousands of workers needed to achieve the 30GW target will result in numerous additional benefits for the supply chain.

These include:

  • Port upgrade investments totaling more than $500 million
  • “One to two new US factories for each major wind farm component” including wind turbine nacelles, blades, towers, foundations, and subsea cables
  • Additional cumulative demand of more than seven million tons of steel — equivalent to four years of output for a “typical US steel mill”
  • The construction of four to six specialized turbine installation vessels in US shipyards, each representing an investment between $250 million and $500 million

According to the US government, meeting the 2030 goal will lead to an even greater surge in offshore wind development by 2050.

Specifically, the White House says that reaching the 2030 target will “unlock a pathway” to 110GW by 2050. This will generate 77,000 offshore wind jobs and more than 57,000 additional jobs in communities supported by offshore wind activity.

77K

Offshore Wind Jobs by 2050

57K

Additional Jobs by 2050
Pressure Mounts on Contractors

It’s an ambitious plan. But how realistic is it?

The key to achieving these objectives will be sourcing the tens of thousands of workers that the offshore wind industry needs.

But that may be easier said than done. This is because there are shortfalls in the number of qualified technicians that can safely install and maintain wind turbines. 

And it’s highly likely that the shortage of qualified technicians is only going to get worse. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the creation of 4,300 wind turbine technician jobs by 2030. This is a 61% increase over the 2019 figure. However,  total US wind capacity could almost triple to 300GW over the same period. 

This is a scenario that could potentially pose a series of problems including: 

  • Contractors resorting to low-skilled technicians, meaning wind turbines end up not working optimally 
  • High churn of skilled technicians as they move to rival companies because demand is outstripping supply
  • Malfunctioning turbines only being fixed when skilled technicians are available causing lost revenue due to extended periods of downtime
  • With contractors stretched, too little time will be invested in training. This means a major opportunity to enhance the skill set of those working in the industry will be missed.
Offshore wind farm, Thames estuary.

How Can you Upscale Your Offshore Workforce?

There will be immense pressure on the offshore wind industry to quickly upscale its workforce of skilled technicians.

How can this be done? It’s vital that the industry focuses on hiring technicians that have the core skills needed to carry out their work safely and profitably.

Important considerations include, whether your technicians have had certified training, whether their certifications are out of date, and whether they need re-training.

The offshore wind industry is expected to grow substantially in the coming decade, applying significant pressure on companies in the sector. They will be tasked with evaluating their project needs, particularly in relation to labor requirements. 

This is a significant undertaking, but Workrise can help.

 

How to Deliver a Project On-Time and On-Budget

We work with you to evaluate your project’s unique needs and provide transparent, end-to-end project management. You’ll also receive site support via updates and analysis at every stage of the project. 

We’ll ensure your jobs are completed correctly, on time, and on budget.

How do we do this? We define the key project objectives, identify major deliverables and key milestones, and agree on desired project outcomes.

We also provide a detailed assessment of the work, budget, and timeline, to achieve the best possible output for your project. 

You don’t just have to take our word for it – the results speak for themselves. In 2020, we had a 97.8% customer satisfaction score and a 99.92% quality success rate.

This is your opportunity to support your technicians in developing the skills that will help them to progress in their careers. 

Specialized training will help build necessary skills and boost retention.

Talk to us! Workrise can help with staffing, technology, training, and professional services – so you can get back to focusing on what you do best. Visit our website at www.workrise.com.