Rotor Blade Technology

Rotor blades are the most important parts of a wind turbine in terms of performance and cost. Therefore, the inspection and repair of the rotor blades are crucial factors in ensuring a wind turbine operates both efficiently and optimally. Whether you want to learn the practical skills needed to become a rotor blade technician or want to gain in-depth knowledge about rotor blade aerodynamics, BZEE certified training courses will meet your needs.

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Job description wind turbine blade technician 

What do wind turbine blade technicians do?
Wind turbine blade technicians typically do the following:

The work environment
Wind turbines can be dangerous workplaces. This is especially true in the case of wind turbine blades as technicians often use rope access techniques and elevated work platforms to carry out inspections and minor repairs at great heights. Larger turbine blades are also often entered from within the turbine hub and are classed as confined spaces. This means technicians must know how to safely do their jobs, and they must make critical decisions on their own. Some fast thinking may be involved to get some aspects of the job completed safely.

How to become a wind turbine blade repair technician
Most wind turbine blade technicians have previously worked as general wind turbine technicians and have received specialist training such as the BZEE or GWO blade repair module plus blade-specific on-the-job training through their employer. Other blade technicians have experience of working with composites from the marine or aviation sector before transitioning to the wind industry.

The pay
The median annual wage for wind turbine technicians in the USA was $56,230 in 2020. In the EU the median annual wage was around €42,000. Technicians working offshore earn on average more than those working onshore. Paid overtime is also common for wind turbine technicians. Blade technicians can often earn more than these averages due to their niche expertise and market demand.

Job Outlook
Employment of wind turbine blade technicians is projected to grow rapidly in the coming years as many turbines and their blades age and wind park owner are realizing how much blade issues can affect performance and profitability and are looking to employ specialists in order to capitalize on their skills.

Prerequisites & Skills
Those seeking positions as wind turbine blade technicians must be able to work in a team while still working independently as needed. Clear communication is essential to make sure all duties of the job are being completed on schedule. Technicians should also be in good physical condition to perform physical tasks throughout most of the day. Additionally, technicians must be willing to travel to remote areas for periods of time due to the location of wind parks and be comfortable working at heights in precarious positions.

Finally, a strong attention to safety and willingness to abide by industry safety standards is essential to the job. Rope access skills are also essential in this demanding work environment.