The Renewable Energy industry is one of the fastest growing industries to date. With more than 9 million specialist technicians around the world employed in 2017, the demand and opportunities continue to serge. There are training centres wide-spread across the UK and with such demand becomes such misunderstanding of what actually makes you employable in the Renewable industry.
It is a great time to join the industry and it is career that has no bounds. For a Turbine Technician you will find yourself challenged daily with no repetitiveness in your role. If you are an individual who is prepared to travel the UK, Europe and possibly further then considering a role as a Wind Turbine Technician may just be for you.
How do I become a Turbine Technician?
Firstly, you do not need any prior experience or knowledge of Wind Turbines. The interest is enough and the interest is where your research into ‘how do I become a Turbine Technician?’ begins. To start you must qualify fully in the 5 GWO’s (Global Wind Organisation certifications). This is a specialist wind qualification that covers First Aid, Fire Awareness, Manual Handling, Working at Height and Sea Survival (for offshore). These certifications are the basic requirement and are renewed every two years, but essential.
Secondly, you must research the turbine manufacturers. Their available roles and vacancies and their basic requirements and qualifications as all manufacturers are different and all offer different training. Now, you will get an advantage here if you are Mechanically or Electrically biased with a strong background as certain turbine manufacturers will take your experience and train you in their time on their turbines. This is especially seen in companies such as Enercon.
However, manufacturers such as Siemens & Vestas actually offer the training, at a cost, at numerous training centres across the UK. You can complete level courses such as Siemens Level 2/3 which will teach you the turbine basics with both Mechanical and Electrical skills and Vestas SIT (Safety Intro for Technicians) which will definitely give you an advantage when applying for roles. These training courses provide individuals with the high standards needed and are the most employable qualifications when recruiting within these specific manufacturers.
How do I make the transition from Oil & Gas to Renewables?
The Oil & Gas industry is continuing at an all time low and with fewer jobs available more specialists are deciding to make the transition from Oil & Gas to Renewables. The transition is never going to be simple and you need to consider the above points and invest your time and money to make the jump from one industry to the other.
What you will have, however, is the experience offshore to shine on your CV and more companies are willing to take a chance on contractors that they know will be reliable working away from home. But back to the first point. GWO’s and specialist training are ESSENTIAL, you need to show your commitment to Renewables and you need to highlight all of your transferable skills.
How do I present myself as employable in the Renewable industry?
All facts aside, a strong CV is what is really going to get you noticed here. As qualifications are the most quintessential employable point in the Renewable industry we want them to show. As a recruiter that is the first thing that we will review on your CV so make sure that these are on the first page!
Next, is your experience. We want to see bullet points in your work history with those important keywords. For example, if you are mechanically biased we want to see hydraulics, gears, piping, cabling, mechanical fitting etc. We want to see how your work experience could apply to the wind industry and tailoring your CV to show these keywords will stand out to the recruiter reviewing your CV.
If you are entering Renewables with no previous experience but you have invested your time into the qualifications, your CV must still highlight all of your transferable skills and keywords. Only time will tell when you get your first work experience. Depending on the company that you are employed by, it is most likely that you will complete continuous training and obtain a great deal of knowledge and further qualifications whilst employed. This is where we see Renewables as such a great industry to work in as you can look forward to rapidly advancing your skills and growing to potentially fill senior roles. It is a great time to join Renewables!
Good luck with your search, at RTS we are always happy to help and give our advice on your career progression.