Intro to Wind and Telecom | Wind Turbine Technician Training Programs
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Intro to Wind and Telecom

In this course, focus is given to safety in the workplace, including legal requirements as well as best practice. You will examine various aspects of the wind and telecom industries, providing a foundation for future courses to build upon. You will be introduced to common language and communication for industry technicians. Upon successful completion of training, applicable testing and relevant practical demonstration, you may receive a First Aid/CPR card; an OSHA 10 for Construction card; and an ENSA Competent Climber and Rescuer card.

Orientation and Introduction

You will receive an overview of the program as a whole, including the policies in place at NW-REI that you will be expected to know and comply with. Topics include, but are not limited to: safety, teamwork, attendance, student services, conduct, dress and grooming guidelines, and employment assistance.

Technician Safety Practices

Focusing on safety every day is essential to work as a wind or telecom technician and will be incorporated throughout this phase. Developing an understanding of the day-to-day potential hazards and industry practices is paramount. Important elements may include driving and vehicle safety, proper tools and equipment, and necessary documentation requirements. You will receive First Aid/CPR training, attend and prepare daily safety meetings, learn safe practices while climbing and working at heights, as well as learning general safety best practice.

Wind and Telecom Industry Overview

You will become familiar with the system design of a wind turbine, including turbine types, main components, key internal components, and their functions. You will learn the many factors associated with wind power plant development such as financial costs and obligations, land suitability, site design, planning, and wind farm construction. You will gain an understanding of the operation of a wind farm, including site safety, operations monitoring, maintenance activities and the importance of troubleshooting. You will gain an understanding of current installed capacity as well as growth trends and goals of the industry. You will also learn about telecom, additional renewable energy sources and energy conservation.

Technical Communication

As a technician, working with technical documentation is a daily occurrence. Whether conducting scheduled maintenance, major component replacement/repair or system retrofits, understanding and demonstrating basic technical writing knowledge, skills, and abilities is essential to the daily job functions of a technician. You will review several types of technical correspondence and their functionality. Focus is given to maintaining professional written communication, which includes proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

ENSA Competent Climber & Rescue

Designed around the specific requirements of the wind and telecom industries; this course deals with access to a turbine using personal safety and rescue equipment. During this course you will be taught the dangers of working at heights; how to use lanyards and fall arrest harnesses; positioning equipment; and the correct method of dealing with emergencies including suspension trauma and rescue. All students will be expected to rescue and be rescued; have a comprehensive understanding of issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), possess a basic knowledge of the cause, effect, symptoms, and how to deal with suspension trauma.

OSHA 10-Hour for Construction

OSHA 10 for Construction is a two-day hazard awareness training designed for anyone in the construction industry. You will learn the history of OSHA, worker rights under OSHA, inspection priorities, and violation types. Additional topics include Focus Four, crane safety, hand and power tool safety, lockout Tagout and confined space, among other topics.

Drug and Alcohol Awareness

This industry enforces strict drug and alcohol policies. Learn about these policies and procedures with handouts and classroom discussion.

Employment Preparation and the Internet

The ultimate objective of this course is to achieve employment as a technician in the wind or telecom industry. Learn how to write an effective cover letter and resume, learn interviewing practices and techniques, and complete employment applications. Focus on career goals to help advance and move beyond entry level positions. Use the internet to explore career opportunities, find housing and research potential employers in the wind or telecom field.

Introduction to Computers

Study and review the basics of computer technology. Special attention will be paid to the applications used in the wind and telecom industries. Major topics include basic computer networking, software relevant to the industry, operating systems, basic Windows skills, multi-tasking computer operations, and file management. Students will become familiar with the basic tools of word processing, including spreadsheet designs, presentation skills, use of graphics, the internet and internet communication skills and concepts.