The Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician Traineeship is designed to provide the wind turbine industry with personnel who have the knowledge, skills and competencies to undertake a range of tasks associated with the maintenance of large scale commercial wind turbines. Participants will develop the practical and technical skills needed to carry out planned and unplanned maintenance on the electrical, mechanical, gearbox and hydraulic systems of wind turbines. They will learn how to work independently and in teams, climb and carry out work at heights, competently carry out rescue procedures for wind turbines, inspect and diagnose faults, and perform minor and major repairs and component changes on the above systems. The course is aimed at skilled crafts persons who hold a recognised electrical or mechanical trade qualification and have a number of years hands-on practical experience in one of the related areas.
Kerry ETB Training Centre is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
- Course Induction.
- Working with Other People.
- Personal Development in the Work Role.
- Protect the Environment during Wind Turbine Maintenance Activities.
- Working at Heights and Rescue Procedures for Wind Turbines.
- Remove and Replace Wind Turbine Components.
- Inspect and Maintain Pitch and Yaw Components.
- Introduction to Hydraulics and Proportional Hydraulics.
- Inspect and Maintain Hydraulic Components.
- Inspect and Maintain Lubrication and Drive Train Components.
- Inspect and Maintain Turbine Structures.
- Blade Inspection.
- Fault Location and Diagnosis on Pitch and Yaw Components.
- Fault Location and Diagnosis on Control Systems and Components.
- Fault Location and Diagnosis on Converter Systems and Components.
- Configure Pitch and Yaw Systems.
- Configure Control Systems.
- Configure Converter Systems.
- Career Planning and Job Seeking Skills.
- Work Based In-Company Training.
A combination of training methods is used to deliver this course. These include instructions, presentations, demonstrations, supervised practice, simulated work environment, practical work training, and giving and receiving feedback. Participants are required to actively participate in the learning process and to engage in course work outside of normal course hours. They must complete a number of written exercises and assignments throughout the course and keep up-to-date records of their progress. A number of methods are used to assess the participants’ progress and for certification purposes. These include assignments, practical exams, learner portfolios, and skills demonstrations.
- National Craft Certificate or equivalent trade qualification in Electrical, Mechanical or Motor Trades. Consideration will also be given to electrical/mechanical college graduates with a number of years relevant post graduate practical experience.
- Previous experience in a professional capacity using hand and power tools to install, repair and maintain equipment.
- Ability to problem solve and to read and work from complex instructions and diagrams.
- Good hand/eye co-ordination, manual dexterity, hearing and spatial aptitude.
- Must pass a colour vision test.
- Ability to climb and work at heights of up to 100m and more is absolutely essential.
- A commitment to safe working practices.
- Must have an appropriate level of fitness and physical ability to carry out duties as described.
- Must be able to work in confined spaces.
- Must be willing to travel for work up to 95% of the time.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills.
- Self-motivated, self-directed and a team player.
- Computer literate.
- Willing and able to perform duties in all weather conditions in rural and remote locations.
- Full Category B Driving licence.
Wind energy is at the forefront of Ireland’s renewable energy policy. Almost 20% of Ireland’s electricity was produced from commercial wind farms in 2013. The Irish government has set a target of meeting 40% of our electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020. We need to double our current wind farm capacity of 2600MW to meet this target. Recent research from Cambridge Econometrics estimates that one permanent operation and maintenance job is created for each additional 25MW of installed capacity. We are fortunate to have a number of Irish and European companies specialising in the operation and maintenance of commercial wind turbines in Ireland. These companies service the Irish and European markets. This course is designed to provide these companies with personnel who have the technical knowledge and skills to service and maintain large scale commercial wind turbines.