Mechanical Engineers help construct the wind turbine and fit the generating equipment and operating equipment inside the tower and nacelle. A mechanical engineer will work mostly on one wind farm, particularly during construction, however during the operation and maintenance period you could be moving around different wind farms assessing and carrying out repairs.
Courses and Training:
Experience in mechanical and engineering roles as well as supporting qualifications such as an NVQ or apprenticeship is typically required. Skills and competency training could include Mechanical Joint Integrity or Bolt torque tensioning whilst you will also be required to complete the basic wind training which must be approved by RenewableUK (RUK) and / or the Global Wind Organisation (GWO). The basic training is made up of:
- Sea Survival
- Fire Awareness
- First Aid
- Working at Height
- Manual Handling
It would be worthwhile looking at a number of job roles to see what the common requirements are. There may be additional specific training as we discussed earlier. So it would be advisable to reach out to some companies and specific job roles to work out what training and qualifications you might need.