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Wind Turbine installer & maintenance

  • 11-10-2010 3:39pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 1

    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]I am trying to break into the renewable energy sector, preferably wind turbine installation and maintenance but am very unsure as to what my next step should be.[/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]I’ve completed a Level 6 Wind Turbine Installation course with Chevron & a FETAC Level 5 Building Construction course. I think to get into the maintenance side of it would I need to try to become an apprentice sparks??? (@ 33 I feel over the hill even considering an apprentice) or is there a course that would bring me upto speed with maintenance of the wind turbines as this is the only electrical section I would be interested in? Ive been working in construction for a few years so that side of it is ok. Any courses prefereble part time in the munster region that I should enroll for??[/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]Any help is greatly appreciated as I'm totally at my witts end trying to decide what to do and not knowing if I have all the info.[/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]Thanks J[/FONT]


  • Registered Users Posts: 289 ✭✭kob29

    Once you get to level 6 you're looking at moving onto a degree then and thats where many of the renewable energy jobs will go is to degree holders. For instance there are qualified electricians allowed to progress straight into year 2 of the degree in renewable and electrical energy in LIT who would obviously have the expertise in electrical as well as all the aspects of turbine construction and maintenance. You should research job ads in the area and see the level theyre looking for. I think you'd need to be very lucky to beat someone with electrical trade qualifications/ degree to these specialised jobs.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 59 ✭✭urban cowboy

    Hi Jay,
    From reading your post I am not sure the exact area of wind turbine install your looking to do.
    If the area your interested in is to do with domestic/ medium install of wind turbines, would you consider doing the install of the wind turbine and laying of electrical cables yourself, and then once all that work is completed, getting a sparks to terminate the cables.
    As far as maintaining turbines, I am guessing that, it could be compared to the maintenance of a domestic boiler. Plumbers go on certified courses to maintain these and there is a small portion of electrical work involved in it. It could be the same for wind turbines???