Apprentice Wind Turbine Technicians – for the Viking project on Shetland
Vestas are looking for some keen and enthusiastic apprentices to join us on the journey for the future of the World’s energy solutions. Here at Vestas, we value the desire for knowledge and people with inquisitive natures to really get involved, learn a lot about our industry, whilst developing a broad range of skills.
Vestas are looking to appoint four apprentices this year to work and study in the North Scotland area in preparation for working on the Viking windfarm based in Shetland. Currently planned to start September / October. This will involve a tailored course working towards a certificate of Modern Apprenticeship (MA) delivered in partnership with Inverness College UHI plus at least a HNC supplementary college course to be attended through day release in years 2-4.
The apprentice role will encompass all elements of wind turbine maintenance & commissioning. Over the course of the training candidates will receive instruction in the following subjects, mechanical assembly, hydraulic assembly and fault finding, electrical installation.
MA’s will be required to successfully complete, in addition to the HNC, the following qualifications: SVQ2 Preforming Engineering operations, NC Electrical Engineering and core skills to SCQF5 in the first year and SVQ3 Engineering Maintenance in years 2-4. The first year qualifications will be completed via 30 weeks block release at Inverness College UHI.
Responsibilities and tasks
- 6 monthly and Annual Servicing of the Wind Turbine Fleet. This can involve replacement of Filters, brake components, oil samples, general Turbine cleanliness
- Mechanical Fault Finding on Wind Turbine Breakdowns – This could involve replacement of Yaw gears, Bearings, Gearboxes, Generators, slip rings as examples
- Electrical Fault Finding – This could involve use of multi-meters to trace wiring faults or faulty motors, circuit breakers as examples.
- Daily disciplines will include safety checks on all PPE, preparing parts at Service Base, maintain a clean and organized Service Base, clean and organized work vehicle.
- Daily communications with Supervisor, Lead Technician, Local Technicians, Planner and Tech Planner, Customer Service Engineer and also our Customers.
- Health and safety awareness, including risk assessments and safe working procedures
- 5S regime & workshop cleanliness
- The right candidate will have an aptitude for engineering work, hold Scottish National 5 Grades (or equivalent) in English, Maths, a Science subject and Craft/Design Technology (if taken).
- The right attitude; Vestas are not a global leader for no reason! We welcome people who are enthusiastic, committed, passionate and happy to take responsibility as well. The more you put in, the more you get out!
- Communications really matter; you will work with a broad and diverse group of people and need to get your point across in the best way possible.
- Comfortable to be able to work at height of 100 metres and in adverse weather conditions (akin to seasickness, motion etc.)
- Comfortable in tight enclosed spaces
- Excellent problem solving and fault-finding skills
- Experience of team working
- A proactive approach, be self-motivated and well organised
- Good verbal and written communication skills
What we offer
We offer a very competitive apprentice salary, 25 days annual leave, optional Medical/Dental cover as well as a pension. Vestas has some of the best training the industry can offer for a career.
To apply to this position, please use the link below and upload a current CV/Resume.
The expected salary range would be starting from £13,082 and increasing upon successful completion of each year. Future field work may involve shift work and overtime pay potentially. For years 3 and 4 field work you may be required to travel to other areas in UK and stay over, at the Company’s expense.
Since this is a partnership with Inverness College, you will need to be willing to live in the Inverness area during term time.
This role will be based around a full-time working week, Monday to Friday; occasional weekend work and short periods of travel may also be required at times in the latter years of the programme. It is likely there will be a shift pattern in place when working in the field.
All applications must go via our careers site using this link: Apprentice Technician (vestas.com)
More information about Vestas can be found here: Vestas – wind turbine solutions and services
The closing date for this advertisement will be 12th August 2021
We look forward to receiving your application.