Global wind turbine rotor blade repair and maintenance specialist, Altitec, has opened its latest technician training academy at new facilities in Victoria, Australia.
Altitec is a leading provider of wind turbine rotor blade repair and maintenance services and technician training. The first training course at the new academy will take place on 6th -17th May 2019, offering people securing places on it the essential skills to develop a career in the wind energy sector.
Investment in the Australian renewable energy market doubled from $10 billion in 2017 to $20 billion in 2018. Wind energy is the second largest source of renewable power in the region, closely following hydropower. This means that in 2018, wind provided enough energy to power 3,518,452 homes in Australia.
While renewable energy capacity in Australia continues to grow, further investment is needed to support the development of skills appropriate to the market, as more and more local workers seek sustainable careers in a thriving and future focused industry.
As the wind energy sector in Australia continues to develop, skilled blade repair and maintenance technicians will play an important role in ensuring turbines remain online and producing power. As in other markets, particularly Europe and North America, the rapid build out of wind energy projects will ensure the skills of turbine blade repair specialists are in high demand.
“The Australian wind energy market is finding its way as it proves its value” said Tom Dyffort, Managing Director of Altitec. “The strength of the wind power industry around the world is undeniable, and as the industry looks more closely at opportunities in Australia, it is clear that being prepared for further development with a well-trained workforce will ensure success for the sector in the country. Wind turbine rotor blade technicians deploy their technical inspection and repair skills in a great environment, and as demand for blade servicing in the Australian market increases, the opportunities will only expand for technicians.”
Claudia Gomez, Business Development Manager of Altitec added that Altitec’s rotor blade technician teams have worked on sites throughout Australia including Mount Mercer and Portland Wind Farm for around 3 years and that the company has seen the changing approach to renewables in the country.