Full service training for wind: Launching at O&M 2024

O&M 2024 STL USA

O&M 2024

This year O&M 2024 sees the launch of STL USA’s integrated training and hiring solution, Full Service Training for WInd.

Combining the great training and reputation built by STL USA and the demands of the industry over the next 5-10 years.

Full-service training for Wind is a workforce solution that provides solutions for the biggest problems facing our sector in the coming years. Namely, our ability to hire, train and develop our technician workforce.

Industry certification

STL USA has a full suite of industry certification training, including GWO and Qualified Electrical Worker training to NFPA 70E (2024). These courses form the backbone of a technician’s training program. GWO certs are the default requirement for virtually every field-based worker in wind. Increasingly Qualified Electrical workers are also becoming a must-have cert in the technician’s locker. STL USA runs weekly courses across the full range of industry certifications with a significant capacity to train large numbers of technicians as required.

Popular courses include; GWO Basic Safety Training, GWO Basic Technical Training, and GWO Advanced Rescue Training as well as a host of other GWO courses and Qualified Electrical Worker courses.

View the range of GWO Courses.

Skills and competency

The demand for new hires into wind is increasing exponentially. With this comes the added pressure employers face to turn those new hires into wind technicians. STL USA’s skills and competency training is designed specifically to build and enhance a technicians technical and practical knowledge. 

Courses come in two styles, the Basic Intro packages are of-the-shelf courses that group common modules together for an easy plugin solution. Bespoke wind and foundational skills allow an employer to build out a training program that meets their exact needs by selecting from over 30 training modules to build out their program.

Learn more about Wind Technician Technical Training

WindStart funded training and hiring

The WindStart program is a funded training program designed to bring new people into wind and offer employers and easy route to hiring qualified technicians. The program accesses State and National level funding to keep course fees super low for students and provides employers a funnel of certified techs that would otherwise cost tens of thousands to train.

WindStart completes STL USA’s Full Service Training for Wind solution, aiming to solve probably the biggest challenge faced by the sector in the next 10 years.

WindStart programs run for 3 or 4 weeks, include all the must-have GWO certs, Electrical safety and, in the 4 week program, a week of technical introduction to wind energy.

Learn more about WindStart

 

Learn more, come speak with us at O&M 2024

At O&M 2024 we will be discussing Full Service Training for Wind and how each component of our offer can support your business in this period of growth.

You can find us at Booth 406, February 21-23, 2024 | Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

O&M 2024

 

Organise a time to speak? 

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Become a wind technician with WindStart

Become a wind technician

Start your wind technician career.

In our latest blog, we focus on how to become a wind technician with STL USA’s WindStart program. 

The WindStart program has been specifically designed to support people looking to get into the wind industry and the increasing demands of employers for new hires. The program includes a number of funding solutions that ensure the training course is low to no cost for many applicants. Employers join the program as hiring partners gaining access to a fully certified pool of new hires.

What is a Wind Technician?

Wind technicians install, inspect, maintain, operate, and repair wind turbines. Although technicians work across the full spectrum from installation to demolition and re-power the vast majority are involved in maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing turbines. Read more about the role on The Department Of Energy website,. here

What draws people to wind is the opportunity, salaries are high, and it truly is a career that can take you places. 

What is WindStart?

WindStart is a 3 or 4-week program designed to equip people new to wind with the industry certifications and basic knowledge to join new hire programs in wind. WindStart supercharges employability providing the candidate with key certification, including GWO and Electrical safety, plus a good basic grounding in skills and competency. This instantly places WindStart graduates at the top of the pile for hiring managers.

Am I guaranteed a job?

STL USA have a very large base of employers that are signed onto the program, many of these already use STL USA’s training services for their in house people and they are hiring large numbers of new people each year. On top of that the sector in the USA is growing fast, that’s not slowing down in the next 5-10 years. In fact hiring is probably one of the biggest challenges employers face, WindStart graduates are the most employable new hires in the country.

WindStart for employers

WindStart isn’t just about students. Becoming a wind technician is kind of difficult without employers to make it happen. The WindStart panel of employers have the pick of new hires that have passed through the program, come with GWO and Electrical safety qualifications and are commited to a career in wind energy. Employers have a bunch of options to make the program work for their new hire and training goals. They can simply pick up graduates as they come out of the program, they can shunt new hires they have sourced through the program or they can sponsor places in the program. The final option means STL USA will manage all the training and hiring needs for the employer.

Why is WindStart a better option for employers?

We all know how hard hiring is in wind energy at the moment, STL USA take care of this, train the candidate and hand them over to the employer ready to go saving significant amounts of time and money. Without WindStart employers have to go through the full hiring process, pay to get the person certified and take a big chance on whether that person will even work out.

How do i find out more?

Simply click the link below and regsiter your interest in the WindStart program, a member of the team will reach out to you and talk you through how WindStart can benefit you.

 

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Join STL USA at ACP’s Operations and Maintenance show 2024

O&M 2024, join us at booth 406.

In the quest for a sustainable and greener future, the American Clean Power Association (ACPA) has been at the forefront of promoting clean energy solutions. The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Show 2024, hosted by ACPA in San Diego, emerges as a pivotal event, bringing together industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts to explore the latest advancements in clean power technologies. This article delves into the significance of the ACPA O&M Show 2024, shedding light on its objectives, participants, and the potential impact on the clean energy landscape.

The American Clean Power Association:

Founded with the mission of accelerating the transition to a renewable energy-powered future, the American Clean Power Association has played a vital role in advocating for policies that support clean energy development. Comprising wind, solar, storage, and transmission companies, the ACPA serves as a unified voice for the clean power industry, fostering collaboration, innovation, and sustainable growth.

The O&M Show 2024:

The Operations and Maintenance Show organized by the ACPA is a testament to the industry’s commitment to ensuring the reliability and efficiency of clean power infrastructure. Scheduled to take place in the vibrant city of San Diego, the 2024 edition promises to be a platform where stakeholders converge to discuss, showcase, and learn about the latest trends, challenges, and breakthroughs in operations and maintenance within the clean power sector.

Objectives of the O&M Show:

  1. Knowledge Exchange: One of the primary goals of the O&M Show is to facilitate knowledge exchange among professionals in the clean power industry. With sessions covering a wide array of topics, from predictive maintenance to data analytics and cybersecurity, participants can gain insights into the latest technologies and best practices that enhance the operational efficiency of clean energy systems.

  2. Networking Opportunities: The O&M Show serves as a hub for networking, bringing together key players in the clean power sector. Participants can engage in discussions, establish collaborations, and build relationships that are essential for the growth and success of the industry. From project developers to equipment suppliers and service providers, the event attracts a diverse range of stakeholders.

  3. Showcasing Innovations: The exhibition component of the O&M Show provides a platform for companies to showcase their latest innovations in operations and maintenance technologies. Attendees can explore cutting-edge solutions, ranging from advanced monitoring systems to robotics and artificial intelligence applications, that are shaping the future of clean energy maintenance.

Participants and Speakers:

The O&M Show 2024 is expected to draw a diverse and influential group of participants. Industry leaders, policymakers, researchers, and technology providers will converge to share their expertise and contribute to the collective knowledge pool. Keynote speakers, representing both established companies and emerging startups, will address critical issues and offer insights into the evolving landscape of clean power operations and maintenance.

  1. Industry Leaders: CEOs and executives from prominent clean power companies will share their perspectives on the industry’s current state and future trajectory. Discussions may revolve around market trends, policy implications, and strategies for overcoming challenges in operations and maintenance.

  2. Policymakers: Policymakers play a crucial role in shaping the regulatory environment for the clean power sector. Representatives from government agencies will provide insights into the latest policies affecting operations and maintenance practices, fostering a better understanding of the broader regulatory landscape.

  3. Researchers and Innovators: Scientists, researchers, and innovators will present the latest advancements in technology and methodologies for improving the reliability and performance of clean energy systems. Topics may include developments in predictive maintenance, advanced monitoring, and the integration of emerging technologies like blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT).

  4. Service Providers: Companies offering operations and maintenance services, ranging from equipment maintenance to data analytics and cybersecurity, will showcase their capabilities. This diverse group of service providers plays a crucial role in ensuring the longevity and optimal performance of clean power infrastructure.

The San Diego Venue:

San Diego, known for its picturesque landscapes and forward-thinking environmental policies, serves as an ideal backdrop for the O&M Show. The city’s commitment to sustainability aligns with the goals of the clean power industry, creating a synergistic environment for meaningful discussions and collaboration. Participants can also explore San Diego’s clean energy initiatives, from solar-powered infrastructure to innovative waste management practices.

Anticipated Themes and Sessions:

This years O&M Show 2024 is expected to cover a wide range of themes and topics relevant to the clean power industry’s operations and maintenance sector. Some anticipated themes include:

  1. Predictive Maintenance: Exploring the latest advancements in predictive maintenance technologies that leverage data analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to anticipate and address potential issues before they impact system performance.

  2. Cybersecurity in Clean Energy: Addressing the growing concerns around cybersecurity in the clean power sector and discussing strategies to protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

  3. Asset Management and Optimization: Examining best practices for asset management, performance optimization, and extending the lifespan of clean energy assets.

  4. Innovations in Monitoring Technologies: Showcasing the latest innovations in monitoring technologies, including remote sensing, drones, and satellite imagery, for enhanced visibility and control over clean energy systems.

  5. Grid Integration and Transmission: Discussing the challenges and opportunities associated with grid integration, transmission, and the role of clean power in building a resilient and sustainable energy infrastructure.

  6. Workforce Development: Addressing the need for skilled professionals in the clean power industry and exploring initiatives for workforce development and training programs.

Conclusion:

The American Clean Power Association Operations and Maintenance Show 2024 in San Diego stands as a pivotal event that brings together the brightest minds and key players in the clean power industry. By fostering knowledge exchange, networking opportunities, and the showcasing of cutting-edge innovations, the event is poised to contribute significantly to the advancement of operations and maintenance practices within the clean energy sector. As the world continues its transition towards a sustainable future, the insights and collaborations forged at the O&M Show are expected to play a crucial role in shaping the trajectory of the clean power industry for years to come.

 

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Technical training and electrical safety in STL USA’s brand new facility

Technical training courses for wind technicians

Dedicated facilities for technical and electrical.

STL USA is constantly innovating the facilities we use for training courses to offer the best learning experience we can for our attendees. As it becomes increasingly relevant for training providers like STL USA to be in a position to support the massive sector growth we are experiencing this puts a clear emphasis on the facilities we have and the broad range of training we offer. Launching this year STL USA’s wind tech training facilities at North 1st Abilene are dedicated to skills, competency, and electrical safety. This now allows us to run all our safety courses from our HQ, right over the street, and all our technical courses from our new site.

From a facilities perspective, we can shape the environment more to the needs of the student in that particular setting as opposed to trying to do everything in one place.

The new wind tech training facilities cover 3 dedicated classrooms and an 8,000 sq ft shop area with bolting, torquing, electrical stations, a full gearbox, and various other major components allowing students to get hands-on with their training.

Electrical safety training to standard NFPA 70E

One of the primary courses running from the new STL USA facilities is our Qualified Electrical worker course covering low and high voltage training to standard NFPA 70E. This is a 2-day face to face course which has been vetted and approved by major wind OEMs. This course is now becoming a must have for wind technicians. To accomodate demand STL USA are running courses every week.

If you need to book a course click here.

Skills and competency

Whilst we are not denying the importance of industry certification, particularly GWO, it’s becoming increasingly clear that employers in wind need the support of third party training organisations to deliver skills and competency training for their new hires and existing people. STL USA is rapidly increasing it’s portfolio of courses in this area.

Empoyers can choose from 3 options:

  • Basic Intro
  • Basic Intro +
  • Bespoke training
The basic intro packages are designed to offer a simple plug and play solution for those who require a good technical grounding for new hire technicians, covering:
  • AC/DC basics
  • Motor controls
  • Schematics
  • Digital multi-meter
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • MCE – Up tower troubleshooting/training (gearbox & generator) + Only
  • Platform specific converter  + Only
  • Boroscope + Only
Bespoke solutions allow employers to choose from a range of over 30 skills based modules, aligned to the ACP micro-credentials and GWO frameworks for new technicians. These courses can be taken in conjunction with GWO and Electrical safety certification to quickly get technicians up to speed.
 
 For the full range of modules click, here.

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Winds of Change: A Look at the Wind Energy Industry in the USA in 2024

A Look at the Wind Energy Industry in the USA in 2024

A look ahead to 2024.

In 2024, the wind energy industry in the United States is poised for significant growth and transformation, driven by a combination of technological advancements, policy support, and increasing environmental consciousness. As the nation continues its pursuit of sustainable and cleaner energy sources, wind power has emerged as a key player in the transition to a greener future. However, like any burgeoning industry, the wind energy sector faces its fair share of challenges.

Challenges Facing the Wind Energy Industry:

Intermittency and Reliability:

One of the primary challenges facing the wind energy industry is the intermittent nature of wind. Unlike traditional energy sources, wind power generation is contingent upon favorable weather conditions. Calm periods can lead to a drop in energy production, which necessitates a robust energy storage and transmission infrastructure to mitigate fluctuations and ensure a consistent power supply.

 
Grid Integration:

Integrating wind power into the existing electrical grid poses another hurdle. The variable nature of wind energy requires sophisticated grid management systems to balance supply and demand effectively. Upgrading and expanding the grid infrastructure to accommodate the increasing share of renewable energy is an ongoing challenge that demands substantial investments and coordination between various stakeholders.

Land Use and Environmental Concerns:

The expansion of wind farms requires vast tracts of land, potentially encroaching on natural habitats and raising concerns about environmental impact. Striking a balance between renewable energy development and environmental conservation is crucial to ensure the long-term sustainability of the industry. Innovative approaches, such as offshore wind farms, can help address land use challenges while tapping into untapped wind resources.

Regulatory and Policy Uncertainties:

The wind energy sector is highly influenced by government policies and regulations. Uncertainties surrounding tax credits, incentives, and other regulatory measures can hinder investment and project development. A stable and supportive policy environment is essential to attract investments and foster the growth of the wind energy industry.

 

Anticipated Growth and Developments:

Technological Advancements:

The wind energy industry is experiencing rapid technological advancements that promise to address some of its inherent challenges. Improved turbine designs, enhanced energy storage solutions, and sophisticated forecasting technologies are contributing to increased efficiency and reliability. As research and development efforts continue, we can expect more innovative solutions that will make wind power a more dependable and cost-effective energy source.

Offshore Wind Expansion:

The expansion of offshore wind projects is a notable trend in the USA’s wind energy landscape. Offshore wind farms have the advantage of tapping into stronger and more consistent wind resources while minimizing land use conflicts. With several projects in the pipeline and supportive policies at the state and federal levels, offshore wind is poised to become a major contributor to the nation’s renewable energy portfolio.

Economic Opportunities and Job Creation:

The growth of the wind energy industry brings along economic opportunities and job creation. From manufacturing and installation to maintenance and support services, the sector has the potential to create a substantial number of jobs, supporting local economies. This positive economic impact enhances the industry’s appeal to policymakers and communities alike.

STL USA’s WindStart program is perfectly positioned to make it cheap and easy for anyone to get into the wind energy industry. Click for more information, here.

 

Investment and Financing:

Despite regulatory uncertainties, the wind energy sector is attracting significant investments. The decreasing cost of wind energy, coupled with a growing awareness of the environmental and economic benefits, is making wind projects increasingly attractive to investors. As financial mechanisms and investment frameworks mature, the industry is likely to experience sustained growth.

Conclusion:

The wind energy industry in the United States is at a critical juncture in 2024, navigating both challenges and opportunities. While the intermittent nature of wind and grid integration remain hurdles, technological advancements, policy support, and a growing commitment to sustainability are propelling the industry forward. As the USA continues its transition towards cleaner and more sustainable energy sources, the wind energy sector is set to play a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s energy landscape in the years to come. With concerted efforts from policymakers, industry players, and the public, the winds of change blowing through the United States promise a brighter, greener future.

 

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Solving the Wind Energy Sector Recruitment Challenge in the US

Wind Energy Sector Recruitment

Navigating the Winds of Change.

As the United States continues to invest in clean and sustainable energy sources, the wind energy sector is poised for unprecedented growth in the next decade. However, with this promising future comes a significant challenge – the recruitment and training of skilled professionals to meet the industry’s escalating demands. To ensure a seamless transition to a greener tomorrow, addressing the wind energy sector’s recruitment challenge is imperative. This blog post explores key aspects such as funding, training initiatives, and strategic hiring approaches that can help overcome this challenge.

Funding initiatives

One of the primary hurdles in expanding the wind energy workforce is securing adequate funding for training programs and educational initiatives. To address this, collaboration between government bodies, private sector stakeholders, and educational institutions is crucial. Government incentives and grants should be made available to support the development of training programs specifically tailored to the wind energy sector. Programs such as the Inflation Reduction Act are a great step in the right direction.

Moreover, wind energy companies can establish partnerships with universities and vocational institutions to create scholarship programs and research grants. These initiatives not only attract potential talent but also contribute to the advancement of wind energy technology. By fostering a collaborative ecosystem, the industry can ensure a sustainable pipeline of skilled professionals.

 
Training the next generation

To meet the growing demand for skilled workers, it is essential to design comprehensive wind technician training programs that equip individuals with the necessary knowledge and practical skills. Wind energy companies should collaborate with educational institutions to develop specialized curricula that cover areas such as wind turbine technology, maintenance, and safety protocols.

Internship programs and apprenticeships can provide hands-on experience, allowing trainees to work alongside seasoned professionals. This real-world exposure not only enhances their skills but also provides a pathway for recruitment. Companies should actively engage with local communities to identify and nurture talent, promoting inclusivity and diversity within the industry.

Strategic Hiring Approaches

As the wind energy sector expands, companies need to adopt strategic hiring approaches to attract and retain top talent. Here are some key considerations:

a. Diversity and Inclusion: Actively promoting diversity and inclusion is essential for fostering innovation and ensuring a well-rounded workforce. Companies should implement policies that encourage the recruitment of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including women and underrepresented minorities.

b. Collaboration with Educational Institutions: Establishing strong ties with universities, community colleges, and vocational schools is crucial for identifying potential candidates early in their educational journey. Wind energy companies can contribute to curriculum development, provide guest lectures, and offer internships to create a direct talent pipeline.

c. Competitive Compensation Packages: To attract the best talent, wind energy companies must offer competitive compensation packages. Beyond salary, benefits such as professional development opportunities, health and wellness programs, and flexible work arrangements can enhance the overall appeal of the organization.

d. Embracing Technology: The wind energy sector is evolving rapidly, with technological advancements shaping the landscape. Companies should actively seek individuals with a passion for innovation and a willingness to adapt to emerging technologies. Investing in continuous training for existing employees also ensures that the workforce remains up-to-date with the latest developments.

Looking for roles in wind energy or a great hiring solution? Check on windtech.careers our partner recruitment site.

In conclusion, as the wind energy sector in the United States scales over the next decade, solving the recruitment challenge is paramount for sustained growth and success. By focusing on funding initiatives, developing robust training programs, and adopting strategic hiring approaches, the industry can build a skilled workforce capable of driving innovation and meeting the demands of a cleaner and more sustainable future. Through collaboration between government entities, educational institutions, and private sector stakeholders, the wind energy sector can overcome recruitment challenges and harness the full potential of wind power for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants.

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Bespoke training for wind technicians

Bespoke training for wind technicians

Building flexible training.

STL USA are delighted to introduce Bespoke Wind Technician Technical training. This program sits alongside our two standard technical options, Basic Intro and Basic Intro +. The difference is that bespoke training gives you the flexibility to build a prgram that meets the specific needs of your workforce. Program options include both industry certification, such as GWO and NFPA 70E alongside a huge choice of technical competencies that align to ACP, ANSI and GWO frameworks for wind technicians. That’s super important as the industry evolves becasue these frameworks allow skills to be standardised, which ultimately means cost savings for employers not having to train more than one version of the same skill to meet a customer requirement.

What are the courses?

This is really down to you!

The bespoke nature of these training solutions allow you to build your own program from a huge list of module options that should cover your needs. If they don’t STL USA can tap into its partner network and build out teaching knowledge to deliver something truly unique for you.

Bespoke training module options
Wind skills
 
Introduction to Turbine Generators
Oscilloscopes
Failure Analysis
Maintaining Bearings
Precision Measuring Instruments
Hydraulic System Operation
Hydraulic Pumps, Pumping Principles and Accumulators
Pressure Controls
Directional and Flow Controls
Hydraulic Actuators
Fundamentals of Lubrication
Lubrication Maintenance
Introduction to Mechanical Print Reading
Lines Used in Mechanical Print Reading
Dimensions in Mechanical Print Reading
Mechanical Seals
Hand Operated Equipment
Forklifts and Cranes
Principles and Practices of Predictive Maintenance
Vibration Analysis
Lubricant and Trend Analysis
Techniques for Extending Bearing Life
Principles of Reverse Double Dial Alignment
Reverse Double Dial Alignment Procedure
Pressure Measurement
Flow Measurement
Temperature Measurement
Level Measurement
Calibration Principles
Calibrating Pressure and Differential Pressure Instruments
Calibrating Flow Instruments
Calibrating Level Instruments
Pneumatic and Hydraulic Test Devices
Electronic Test Devices
Calibrating Meteorological Instrumentation
 Boroscope

Foundational skills

AC Motor Theory
AC Motor Maintenance
DC Motor Theory
DC Motor Maintenance
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
Limit Switches
Switches, Coils, and Overloads
Troubleshooting Electrical Control Circuits
Inverters: Operation and Maintenance

Multimeters
Ammeters, Meggers and Wheatstone Bridge
Electrical Schematics
Electrical Diagrams
Principles of Operation
Interpreting Ladder Logic
Programmable Controllers for Analog Control
Introduction to Transformers
Transformer operations and maintenance

Hand Tools
Torque and Tensioning
Ladders and Scaffolding

Distributed Control Fundamentals
Maintaining Distributed Control Systems
Electronic Controllers
Calibrating Temperature Instruments
Instruments In Hazardous Environments

Safety 

NFPA 70E low and high voltage

GWO Control of Hazardous Energies

 

How do i build my bespoke training?

 The STL USA client team are well versed in building out solutions for clients. Bespoke Wind Technician Training is no different.

 The steps taken to build a program include:

  • Identifying who needs training – new hires, existing technicians, specialist teams?
  • Where does training need to take place – onsite, at an STL USA facility, online
  • Implementing a process for maintaining skills and updating knowledge – building in continual improvement
  • Defining a schedule – what modules apply to which technicians and when, where and how are they delivered
Once established a pilot is then scheduled to ensure that any customer spcific requirements are included into the course and that’s it, training can start.
 
STL USA believe this modular approach to building bespoke training is the next step in the development of workforces within wind. It allows customers to reduce costs, develop a skilled workforce and truly differentiate themselves on competency.
 
Speak to an STL USA team member about this via the link below. 

 

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Technical training courses for wind technicians

Technical training courses for wind technicians

Teaching technician skills.

STL USA is delighted to announce the expansion of our technical training courses for wind technicians. Wind Technician Technical Training is a vital component for new hires and experienced technicians alike. This is where technicians learn the skills to do the job, usually alongside taking their safety certificates, GWO.

What are the courses?

STL USA has split technical training courses for wind technicians into two categories. Our Basic Intro and Basic Intro Plus courses are off-the-shelf packages that align with ACP/ANSI minimum requirements. We then have a vast range of technical modules that allow customers to build a program suited specifically to their needs. 

Basic intro courses

The Basic intro courses for wind technicians cover the following:

Basic Intro

  • AC/DC basics
  • Motor controls
  • Schematics
  • Digital multimeter
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • 5 day course

Basic Intro Plus

  • Basic intro modules, plus
  • MCE – Up tower troubleshooting/training (gearbox & generator) 
  • Platform-specific converter
  • Boroscope
  • 10-day course
These courses have been developed in line with industry requirements and customer feedback. They provide a great ground for new technicians and can be taken alongside GWO and NFPA certification for a complete new hire package. For employers these solutions are a great way to ensure their new hires get the right training, taking the hassle out of dealing with this in-house. Numbers can be scaled up and down and of course, there are no overheads when people aren’t being trained
Bespoke training options

Company training requirements differ from business to business and this is where STL USA bespoke technical training comes into its own. Taking a bespoke option allows you to hand-pick from a large range of modules to build a course that’s unique to your needs. Have technicians who have very different roles. No problem. Your package can be split into a number of disciplines to accommodate the requirements of different teams. These modules include:

Wind skills
 
Introduction to Turbine Generators
Oscilloscopes
Failure Analysis
Maintaining Bearings
Precision Measuring Instruments
Hydraulic System Operation
Hydraulic Pumps, Pumping Principles and Accumulators
Pressure Controls
Directional and Flow Controls
Hydraulic Actuators
Fundamentals of Lubrication
Lubrication Maintenance
Introduction to Mechanical Print Reading
Lines Used in Mechanical Print Reading
Dimensions in Mechanical Print Reading
Mechanical Seals
Hand Operated Equipment
Forklifts and Cranes
Principles and Practices of Predictive Maintenance
Vibration Analysis
Lubricant and Trend Analysis
Techniques for Extending Bearing Life
Principles of Reverse Double Dial Alignment
Reverse Double Dial Alignment Procedure
Pressure Measurement
Flow Measurement
Temperature Measurement
Level Measurement
Calibration Principles
Calibrating Pressure and Differential Pressure Instruments
Calibrating Flow Instruments
Calibrating Level Instruments
Pneumatic and Hydraulic Test Devices
Electronic Test Devices
Calibrating Meteorological Instrumentation
 Boroscope

Foundational skills

AC Motor Theory
AC Motor Maintenance
DC Motor Theory
DC Motor Maintenance
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
Limit Switches
Switches, Coils, and Overloads
Troubleshooting Electrical Control Circuits
Inverters: Operation and Maintenance

Multimeters
Ammeters, Meggers and Wheatstone Bridge
Electrical Schematics
Electrical Diagrams
Principles of Operation
Interpreting Ladder Logic
Programmable Controllers for Analog Control
Introduction to Transformers
Transformer operations and maintenance

Hand Tools
Torque and Tensioning
Ladders and Scaffolding

Distributed Control Fundamentals
Maintaining Distributed Control Systems
Electronic Controllers
Calibrating Temperature Instruments
Instruments In Hazardous Environments

Safety 

NFPA 70E low and high voltage

GWO Control of Hazardous Energies

 

As you can see the options are extensive. STL USA believes this offers the perfect training options for an industry that is moving quickly, needs to hire aggressively but is committed to ensuring technician safety and competency.

Interested in training with STL USA

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GWO IQT: Prioritising quality

GWO IQT

North America's only IQT qualified training provider

STL USA is delighted to announce that we are the only Instructor Qualification Training (IQT) qualified GWO training provider in North America. Not only are the STL USA team IQT qualified but we are also the only North American team that can train instructors in this standard.

What is IQT?

The GWO Instructor Qualification Training (IQT) framework focusses on ways to deliver higher numbers of qualified wind technician instructors. The piloting stage was carried out across four continents to capture the experience and assessments of as many instructors on how best to tackle the shortage of industry-ready instructors and to improve the overall quality of GWO tuition. 

Why is IQT important?

Pre-IQT no formal process existed for instructor qualification beyond the internal Participate>Observe>Co-deliver>Deliver under Observation process laid out in the requirements for training providers. This process is implemented by the training providers themselves and therefore lacks an objective framework to ensure instructor competence and ability. 

This has led many in wind to ask how do you know that instructors can deliver good training.

IQT aims to change this.

Quality and safety go hand in hand?

Averting a race to the bottom. Something that was on everyone’s minds at the recent GWO Training conference in Dallas. This is something that poses a real risk to training standards and the quality of delivery. Put simply as more training entities come into the US market how do we ensure that downward price pressure doesn’t also cause a decline in training quality? Well. it’s not a simple question to answer, IQT certainly addresses teaching quality however auditing also needs to shape up to ensure that GWO and the GWO Standards aren’t devalued. What’s positive is this is recognized and solutions are beginning to emerge. However, there is still a portion left up to the employer to identify who’s good and who’s not so good.

GWO IQT panel Dallas

STL USA’s Brandon McKelvain took part in the recent IQT panel as one of the leading GWO instructors worldwide. Brandon has been heavily involved in IQT development as he is committed to training excellence as everyone is at STL USA.

The principles behind IQT

In a practical sense, IQT is more focussed on the actual teaching as opposed to the course content. Once IQT-qualified instructors still need time to learn course materials, practice delivery, and be signed off on individual courses. However, this can be done much faster than the usual 4-week process. This is great for a growing industry. 

I’m a training provider, how do i get IQT?

Currently, STL USA is the only training provider in North America qualified to deliver an IQTT ( IQT trainer training).

With this in mind, we are aiming to run our first open-enrollment course in February 2024. You can contact us below if you are interested in participating in this training.

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GWO Bundle training courses

GWO Bundle training courses

Build additional value into your GWO training.

As the market is ramping up hiring and growth STL USA has worked hard to develop a range of GWO Bundle training courses. GWO Bundle training combines the well know GWO courses with a range of additional certification. 

What are the courses?

Courses include

  1. GWO BST & Confined Space Awareness
  2. GWO ART & Confined space rescue
  3. GWO BTT & Schematics
  4. GWO CoHE & NFPA &70E
  5. GWO Lift & 3s Lift User
Does this mean more training time?

In most cases no. We’ve taken the requirements from each part of the bundle and created a combined curricullum that meets both. Crucially we’ve done this in a way that requires no additional training time for the technician. This means more value and more skills and knowledge for participants.

Where can I take these courses?

Bundle courses can be taken at an STL USA facility or onsite at your wind farm of office location. Don’t have a tower? No problem we can come to you with our mobile training trailer and offer you a complete training experience at your site.

What about cost savings?

We know technicians need to acquire more than just GWO certificates. That’s why we’ve bundled GWO training with a range of universally popular training courses. Like GWO Control of Hazardous energies and NFPA 70E electrical safety training. Both are must-haves for technicians in the field. 

By creating a curriculum that meets the requirements of both we’ve been able to keep contact time down to purely the GWO timeframe. That means no additional training days and no more additional overheads.

Course delivery can be done in a variety of formats that combine both digital and face-to-face formats. This is a great way to further reduce time away from site by taking the theory elements of the courses online in advance of purely practical face-to-face training to complete the course.

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