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How to Become a Wind Turbine Technician

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In the eyes of a child, a wind turbine is a huge spinning wheel. For those who know better, however, wind turbines are more than just giant power generators. These are valuable instruments in providing relief and energy to people sustainably.

If working high up above the ground doesn’t scare you or if wind turbines fascinate you so much, consider being a wind turbine technician. Today, there are approved GWO training providers that can help you get ready for this career path. Here’s are things you need to know before pursuing :

Know the duties of a Wind Turbine Technician

From the name itself, wind turbine technicians are those who install, maintain, and repair industrial wind turbines. They can also operate and diagnose problems that can affect its functions. Of course, expect the need to climb the turbine and its towers for inspection every now and then. 

Get a degree or certificate fit for the job

While they say experience is the best teacher, it is at school where we get a working knowledge of the career we choose to go after. For a wind turbine technician, getting a wind turbine technology certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree will give you an advantage in getting hired. As machines are technical, it’s imperative that you obtain the needed information in making it work and function.

Enroll in approved GWO training providers

Apart from technical schools, enrich your knowledge on industrial wind turbines through approved GWO training providers. The learnings you acquire from these will come from experts and seasoned professionals. Keep in mind that technology quickly changes the world and how it works. Thus, being updated with the advances made in wind turbine technology will benefit your competence in the field.

Being a windtech takes more than just knowing the basics. Be globally competitive by consistently learning and training for the betterment of your career.

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What Are The Different Kinds of Seafarer Ranks & Duties?

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Want to become a seaman? That’s great! There’s tons of work that you can do inside the ship. With the right courses (like doing basic training for a seaman) and the necessary paperwork, you’ll be able to reach your goal in no time.

While you’re at it, it’s good to get familiar with the roles that exist inside sailing ships. Read our quick guide below to know which is which!

Deck Department

Master/Captain

This role is for the highest commanding person on the ship. They have power over all ranks, can rightfully dismiss any crew member under reasonable circumstances and other leadership tasks.

Chief Mate/First Mate

This role is the second-in-command and responds to the Captain. He/she also handles the cargo operations and assumes command of the ship in the absence of a Captain.

Second Mate

This role is mainly in charge of the ship’s navigation. A Second Mate updates the charts makes passage plans and handles all other aspects of ship navigation.

Third Mate

This role mainly focuses on ship safety by inspecting and maintaining life-saving and fire-fighting equipment. A third mate is responsible for drilling operations and emergencies.

Deck Cadet

This role is for Navigational Officer trainees who are currently doing sea time and taking exams to get an OICNW certification.

Bosun/Boatswain

The bosun is the highest position for unlicensed roles (rating) in the deck department. This role usually carries out instructions given by the chief mate and oversees the ABs & OBs.

Able-Bodied Seaman (AB)

This rating is responsible for more physically demanding tasks such as working mooring lines and operating deck gear. An AB may also stand watch to assist the duty officer.

Ordinary Seaman (OS)

The OS is the lowest rating in the deck department. An OS must carry out any tasks given to them by anyone ranked higher than them.

Engineering Department

Chief Engineer/First Engineer

This role oversees the engine department of the ship. A Chief Engineer will delegate orders to operate and maintain all machinery and equipment throughout the ship.

Second Engineer

This role handles the daily maintenance and operations in the engine department.

Third Engineer

This role manages the boilers, fuel, auxiliary, & condensate, and feed systems.

Fourth Engineer

This role assists the third engineer.

Motorman

This rating heads the maintenance and repair of the engine department. A motorman has an Able Seafarer Engine Certificate STCW A-III/5.

Oiler

This rating mainly checks the lubrication of ship machinery. An oiler has an Able Seafarer Engine Certificate STCW A-III/5.

Wiper 

This rating is the lowest rank in the engine department. A wiper usually has an Engine Room Watch Rating (ERWR) Certificate STCW A-III/4.

Catering/Steward’s Department

Chief Cook/Steward

The Chief cook or steward is the highest unlicensed role in the steward department. A chief cook or steward usually oversees the menu planning, meal preparing, and meal serving for the whole crew. They also delegate tasks in terms of cleaning officer quarters and department areas and doing store inventory.

Steward

This rating is the lowest rank in the steward’s department. A steward usually responds to the orders given by the chief cook/steward.

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How To Get A Seaman’s Book Using MISMO

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A Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or Seaman’s Book is one of the most important documents every seafarer should have. It is similar to your regular passport in that you won’t be able to work on ships and vessels without it. Once you’re done taking basic training for a seaman, you have to get your own SIRB.

Getting a Seaman’s Book is now made easier through the MISMO website. Follow these steps to learn how!

Introduction

Before, the SIRB was processed by going personally to any MARINA office. It was done manually, thus, leading to long wait times.

MARINA recently upgraded its systems by coming up with the MISMO website. The page is used to announce exam schedules and provide certificates or important documents.

How to Get a Seaman’s Book via MISMO Website

Here are the things you need to get a seaman’s book. Make sure to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and hassle-free process.

Logging in to your account

If you have an existing SCS account:

#1: Go to https://online-appointment.marina.gov.ph/.

#2: If you have an existing SCS account, Click Sign In

#3: Input your email address and password. Tick the reCAPTCHA box.

#4: If you need to update your information, make sure all provided details are correct. Profile pictures must have the applicant wearing a white polo on a plain white background to be deemed valid.

If you don’t have an existing SCS account:

#1: Go to https://online-appointment.marina.gov.ph/.

#2: If you have an existing SCS account, Click Sign Up

#3: Click Register New Account.

#4: Fill out all boxes with the information required. Tick the check box to confirm that you agree to the Terms & Conditions. Click Register.

#5: Check your registered email address for a verification email.

Selecting the Transaction

#1: Click Transaction, then choose the SIRB tab.

#2: Select which processing time you prefer (Regular/Expedite)

#3: Choose your preferred MARINA branch.

#4: Select your application type (New/Re-Issuance).

#5: Tick the check box.

#6: Click Proceed.

Submitting the Requirements
  • Submit all indicated documents according to your status (New/Re-Issuance).
  • Keep files under 1MB to ensure a successful upload.
  • Finalize the application by clicking Submit.
  • Approved applications will get a text within a few days after the submission to inform the applicant that they can now set an Online Appointment via MISMO. On the other hand, denied applications need to manually check their account and view the details by clicking the Application tab.
Setting the Appointment & Paying Fees

#1: Click the Application tab, then go to For Appointment.

#2: Under the Slot Locator Tab, choose your desired schedule & MARINA branch to visit.

#3: Click Proceed.

#4: You will get redirected to the Payment page, where you can read the guidelines on how much and how you can pay. Be sure to take note of the reference number.

#5: Once you’ve settled your payment within 18 hours, it will show on your MISMO profile.

Conclusion

Ever since MARINA updated its process through the MISMO website, getting an SIRB has become much faster and more convenient. You’ll only have to visit their office to submit original documents for verification, and then you can get your seaman’s book on the same day!

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BT-U, BT-R, & BT Full Course: What’s the Difference?

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Seafarer training can be very confusing. As opposed to rigidly structured college programs, aspiring seamen and women only need to take the basic training and take different courses afterward.

If you’ve just applied for basic training for a seaman, here’s an overview:

Basic Training Full Course

This course is for fresh graduates, non-maritime professionals who want to work onboard ships, and seafarers with old certificates before the Manila 2010 Amendments.

The course covers the following topics: basic fire prevention and firefighting, personal safety and social responsibilities (PSSR), personal survival techniques (PST), and elementary first aid.

Basic Training Updating (BT-U)

This course is for those looking to get issued or revalidated with a Certificate of Proficiency (COP). A COP is a legal document issued only by MARINA that’s only valid for five years. It is to show that you are competent enough to work at sea. It is different from training completion certificates, which can differ per training center.

Seafarers who took their Basic Safety Training before August 30, 2013 will also have to retake it since there’s been a recent update in the Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR) module.

Basic Training Refresher (BT-R)

This course is for those who took their Basic Safety Training before August 30, 2013, or are trying to validate their BTs. As opposed to BT-U, it only focuses on two modules: fire prevention and firefighting & personal survival techniques.

The industry also constantly updates its standards in line with revised requirements, so those who’ve had their BT for at least five years need to get a refresher course to maintain their credibility.

Becoming a seafarer is all about adapting to the different waves of life. Apart from training, you must also keep yourself up-to-date with proper vaccinations, documents, visas, and other costs.

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Blended Learning Tips During Basic Training

Becoming a seaman is like having one of your dreams finally come true. It is a well-earning job with certain privileges that some jobs usually don’t.

While some people are still working their way to becoming a seafarer, the current pandemic brought some hurdles that directly impacted those in training.

That’s why training centers recently introduced a blended learning model of maritime training just last year. The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) also released some guidelines on properly conducting programs more effectively, such as STCW training in the Philippines.

If this is your first time taking courses with blended learning, be sure to read our tips below.

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#1: Familiarize yourself with video calling platforms

Blended learning, also known as hybrid learning, combines the usage of face-to-face and online classes. Your lessons will most likely be discussed online, so tinkering with various video apps can help you better understand how they work. The most common applications used for virtual classrooms are Zoom and Google Meet.

#2: Check your audio, background, and Internet speed before entering the room

The key to having a smooth class is by preparing a presentable environment. Verify if your Internet speed must be fast enough to have clear audio. There must also be no loud noises at the back that can disrupt the class. If you plan on using your camera, opt for a well-lit background with little to no distractions.

#3: Practice proper online conference etiquette

As opposed to real-life discussions, things can be a little different in an online class. It is best to join the room at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time with your mic muted in. To avoid talking over each other, use the Raise Hand option for a clear heads up. Don’t forget to be mindful of the tabs currently on your browser.

Not all training centers have fully adapted to a blended learning model, but it’s a safer alternative amidst the current times. Be sure to keep these tips in mind as you hone your craft!