A career in wind energy is a smart choice. Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sectors in the USA. We look at why GWO training and accreditations are a vital cornerstone of a successful career.
GWO training has become a required part of a career in wind energy for any inspiring wind turbine technicians portfolio. With the majority of providers in the sector members it is a requirement to have the GWO Basic accreditations to work on a site they operate.
Why does GWO matter?
The Global Wind Organisation was created by it’s members to create and consistently improve safety standards across the industry. Members represent the majority of installed wind energy capacity and include the likes of; E.on, GE, Goldwind, Innogy and Vestas. It’s very likely that if you been to a wind farm you’ve had contact with a turbine that was built, is owned or operated by a GWO member. This kind of makes GWO safety training essential for technicians.
The main GWO training accreditations
GWO Basic Safety Training
The original GWO training standard and a stalwart of our GWO training course portfolio. The Basic Safety Training standard was introduced in 2012. Consisting of five modules:
- First Aid
- Manual Handling
- Fire Awareness
- Working at Heights
- Sea Survival
the training standard is designed to equip the worker with a broad and sufficient safety knowledge base to operate safely when working with wind turbines and in the wind energy sector.
GWO Basic Technical Training
The GWO training basics the Basic Technical Training standard was introduced in 2017. It’s the second fundamental for a career in wind energy. The Basic Technical Training Standard consists of three modules and an additional installation module which can be taken after certification in the mechanical module. From 31st March 2018 all new technicians working for GWO member companies and their suppliers are expected to complete Basic Technical Training. Modules include:
The Basic Technical Training standard is designed to equip technicians with a strong practical knowledge of the key technical aspects of wind turbines.
Wind energy, a rewarding career
As we’ve discussed in detail on this blog, 2019 is set to be a bumper year for wind energy. The sector is one of the fastest growing jobs markets in the USA. In the last 10 years output has tripled and over 24,000 people are employed in wind energy in Texas alone. These figures all stack up to make a career in wind energy not only rewarding but lucrative as the sector goes from strength to strength. Are own training centers in Iowa and Texas are set amongst a backdrop of some of the worlds leading wind energy education facilities. With various undergraduate and professional qualifications on offer. Central to this though will always be GWO for those looking to become technicians and embark on a career working directly with wind turbines.
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