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GWO Standards: Improving the Wind Turbine Industry

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The increasing wind power installations worldwide are driving further demands for more qualified wind technicians. The Philippines prepares by providing an exceptional workforce in the global wind energy industry.

Aspiring wind technicians who want to work in this sector must complete training courses approved by the Global Wind Organisation, a non-profit body established by wind turbine owners and manufacturers. A certified GWO training center in the Philippines is the only local authorized body to hand out valid international-standard certificates. And CTSI is the nation’s first and only training provider part of the GWO global network.

A Current Look at the Global Wind Industry

Amid the widespread disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic across nations and various industries, the global wind industry has shown a significant rise, coming up at 53% year-over-year (YoY) growth in the year 2020. This data proves its resilience and the increasing awareness in different countries to push further in reaching their net-zero goals.

According to the latest report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the wind power capacity has reached 743 GW, with 93 GW added just last year. This 2021 has observed a more significant shift to renewable energy. As a source of electricity, wind energy in Asia and Europe saw substantial growth this year, adding to the steady 50 gigawatts (GW) in annual wind power installation

GWEC is anticipating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31.5% — a total of 399 GW added — in the next five years.

Introduction to the Global Wind Organisation

GWO, seeing the need for standardized measures and working guidelines in their specialized industry, launched the Basic Safety Training (BST) standard in 2012. Over the years, other training standards were published, creating an alignment of training activities in the wind turbine industry.

Setting these standards mitigates, if not eliminates, the risks and hazards that accompany this line of work. GWO aims to create an injury-free working environment for its current and prospective workforce.

The Need for GWO certification in Addressing Wind Power Demands

Safety is paramount in the wind power industry. Aside from preventing injury and incidents, efficiency in carrying out responsibilities and roles in the workplace also necessitates getting a GWO certification. 

Highly-trained wind technicians are in demand now more than ever for installing more sophisticated and complex wind turbines. GWEC projected the creation of 3.3 million wind power jobs globally in both onshore and offshore wind sectors.

Individuals with a GWO certificate are viewed as more competent by GWO members than those without. It provides employment opportunities both locally and in other parts of the world.

GWO Courses Offered by CTSI, the Philippines’  only GWO-approved training center, offers a comprehensive basic training course as a prerequisite for the incoming wind power workforce. The entire course includes first aid, manual handling, fire awareness, sea survival, working at heights, and the newly-launched working at heights and manual handling. Wind technicians can also obtain updated certificates after the completion of the refresher courses.

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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.