Wind turbine technicians—also known as “wind techs”—install, commission, inspect, maintain, operate, repair, and troubleshoot wind turbines. Wind turbines work on a simple principle: the wind turns the propeller-like blades of a turbine around a rotor, which spins a generator and creates electricity.
Due to the nature of the work, wind technicians are exposed to many safety hazards and risks every time they climb atop a wind turbine. A typical turbine model consists of roughly 116 ft blades atop a 262 ft base, and the length of the blades is proportionate to the height of the tower. The blade tip speed during rotation can be as fast as 200 miles per hour.
Wind techs also confront risks such as heights, high voltage, overhead, hydraulic, rotating equipment, and exposure to inclement weather. This is why it’s critical for Wind energy employers to be engaged in workplace health and safety in order to prevent accidents and injuries.
Before a Wind technician can get to work, they must complete and obtain the required standardized wind turbine safety training certifications for the industry. The amount of these required safety training courses is increasing year-over-year across North America. Hence, companies are gaining productivity and a more flexible workforce, while workers are more easily hired and valuable to their employers.
According to Windpower Engineering & Development, the number of Global Wind Organisation (GWO) training modules completed grew by 30% in 2020 compared to the previous year and exceeded 10,000 courses in North America.
Why You Need a GWO Certificate
Individuals who install, maintain, and repair wind turbines must be specifically trained in the intricate technology that keeps turbines moving smoothly. These technicians typically need to work with a mentor as well as complete rigorous wind turbine safety training courses.
This is where the Global Wind Organisation—a non-profit body founded by wind turbine manufacturers and owners—comes into play. GWO certification is preferred for anyone working in the Wind and renewables sector, both onshore and offshore. To obtain a wind turbine safety certificate, workers need to complete GWO Basic Safety Training (BST), which consists of five modules: First Aid, Fire Awareness, Manual Handling, Working at Heights, and Sea Survival. Note: Sea Survival is not a required module for those working only onshore.
For more information on how to get a GWO certificate and what the training entails, refer to GWO Training and GWO Certification: The Ultimate Guide 2021.
Introducing the Workrise Wind Training Center
At Workrise, we invest in the worker first and understand the value and importance of safety training. Our focus is on job placement as well as training and upskilling our workforce for their entire future and career path. That’s why we built a state-of-the-art, 56,000 square foot wind training center in Broomfield, Colorado, just outside Denver.
The Wind industry is growing rapidly and is in need of quality workers, so we offer free training and career development. Our two main career paths are designed for “Traveling Wind Techs” and “Traveling Blade Techs.”
Our instructors have 15 years of industry experience and are ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and Global Wind Organisation certified to train the following:
- First Aid
- Fire Awareness
- Manual Handling
- Working at Heights
- Bolt Fastening
- Blade Composite Repair
- Gearbox Borescoping
Upon successful completion of training and orientation, we dispatch our technicians to various projects across the country to begin their careers. To date, 100% of our technicians have been placed in jobs.
To learn more about our Wind Training Center, visit workrise.com/denver-training-center.
Our mission is to put 1M people to work by 2030, and in order to adapt to the ebbs and flows of U.S. infrastructure needs, we need to have ways to provide versatile skills to our workers.Xuan Yong — CEO and Co-Founder, Workrise
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At Workrise, quality and safety are our top priorities. We offer more than 200 flexible safety, compliance, and HSE training courses online and in person. Together, we will find the right courses to ensure the workers on your job site meet your requirements.
Let us help you with training, staffing, technology, and professional services so you can get back to focusing on what you do best. Visit our website at workrise.com.