The demand for qualified wind turbine rotor blade technicians has never been in higher as the wind energy industry continues to grow. Turbine blade technicians are working in markets all over the world (South Africa, UK, Europe, North America, and Australia)
During the two week course, you will learn the skills needed to get started in the industry from experienced supervisors and engineers from blade servicing teams.
What’s covered in the wind turbine blade tech course?
Rotor Blade Awareness & Basic (Module 1)
In Week 1 you will develop the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to inspect and repair damaged and worn turbine blades – essential for anyone interested in wind turbine maintenance. We combine classroom-based learning with practical, hands-on training.
Module 1 runs from Monday to Friday in the first week of training.
ActSafe Ascender end-user training
Actsafe is a powered rope ascender which considerably reduces climbing times for rope access professionals. It’s an ideal tool to help teams comply with Working at Height regulations, and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER).
You will learn safe work practices for both battery and petrol-powered ascender systems. By the end of the session, you will be familiar with the latest rope access methods for wind turbine inspection.
The Actsafe Ascender training takes place during the second week of training.
Rotor Blade Technician (Module 2)
In Week 2 you build on the knowledge from Week 1 and learn the fundamentals of rotor blade repair at height. Graduates of the Academy receive a recognised qualification that enables them to hit the ground running and secure work on wind farms across the world.
Module 2 runs from Monday to Friday in the second week of training.
- Wind turbine construction
- Rotor blade inspection and surface repairs
- Classifying and reporting damage
- Health and safety regulations
- Overview and practice of blade repair methods
- Composite repair materials and tools
- Understanding chemical curing processes
- Adhesion and adhesive technologies
- Introduction to advanced repair methods
- Actsafe Ascender end user training
Completion of the course enables you to carry out repairs at a basic level as a Blade Technician, opening the door to further on-site training or direct employment with leading global blade repair firms, including Altitec.
Who is rotor blade training for?
Modules 1 and 2 are recommended for, but not limited to:
- Rotor Blade Technicians, who are recommended to do both modules
- Rope Access Technicians, working in any industry (construction rigging, building maintenance etc.), who may be looking to enter a new field
- Those looking to work as a Rotor Blade Technician, for whom both Modules 1 & 2 are highly desirable when applying to work in the industry
- Engineers interested in rotor blade maintenance techniques and working at height
- Those interested in jobs in the renewable energy industry
- Wind industry service & maintenance teams
No previous formal training or technical skills are required. All relevant information will be provided through easy-to-follow presentations. The course is not dependent on a specific access method, but you will need to be confident working at heights.