For the most part wind turbine elements will be manufactured onshore, shipped as individual components and bolted together. However there is a requirement for welders for certain aspects during construction, they may also be required during any maintenance.
Welding can be carried out to different standards known as codes. These vary depending on the complexity of the weld, they will also be different depending on the material you are welding.
Courses and Training
As well as welder training, if you want to take a role offshore you will need the basic wind training as almost all the work in this sector is completed offshore. These certificates must be qualified 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
Plus of course there is the specific training in the trade you are doing which we discussed earlier. It would be advisable to reach out to some companies and specific job roles to work out what training and qualifications you might need.