June 18, 2019

Position Summary:

The Wind Turbine Technician is responsible for the commissioning, maintenance, and operational support of wind turbines, test systems, and associated components.  Analyze, troubleshoot, and service mechanical and electrical aspects of wind turbines, testing systems, and associated components.

Principle Responsibilities and Accountability:

  • Perform unscheduled, scheduled, and major component maintenance service on the Institute’s wind turbines, met towers, and corresponding Wind R&D Park equipment. Commission, install, troubleshoot and replace wind turbine components as required.
  • Promote/demonstrate adherence to safety standards, procedures, practices at all times and communicate safety focus to team members.
  • Collect/enter data and assist with analysis of data as necessary;
  • Document tasks, complete service and inspection reports;
  • Supervise contractors performing installation and maintenance;
  • Work with WEICan technical staff and clients to develop and execute wind turbine and test system projects;
  • Participate in all aspects of test programs and wind turbine installation:
    • Develop project documentation including updating technical drawings
    • Specify and purchase equipment as necessary;
    • Assemble cabinets as necessary;
    • Install electrical and mechanical systems as necessary;
    • Work with technical staff and client to commission the turbine and test system;
  • Perform routine maintenance, as required, on all site equipment, wind turbines, turbine test systems, met towers, site vehicles, repair to all facility buildings and grounds;
  • Fabricate and install anemometer towers with required instrumentation;
  • Fabricate and install test data acquisition systems with required instrumentation installed as needed;
  • Organize and participate in onsite and offsite wind resource assessment and turbine testing as needed;
  • Organize and participate in safety related training and WEICan safety responsibilities, e.g. safety committee, as requested;
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
  • Organize and supervise student work done in conjunction with WEICan;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Training:

  • Graduate of a Wind Turbine Technology Course or equivalent.
  • Qualifications as Electrician, Instrumentation or Wind Turbine Maintenance an asset.

Experience:

  • Experience performing service to wind turbines and met towers;
  • Experience with turbine test systems, including data acquisition and instrumentation;
  • Experience with design and analytical software, e.g. Visio, AutoCAD, Excel;
  • Experience with wind turbine test standards, theory and protocols an asset;
  • Experience in electrical and mechanical machinery theory, operation and installation;
  • Knowledge of electrical controls, PLC controllers and electrical sensors;
  • Experience working with lathes, milling machine, power hand tools, electronic test equipment, climbing safety equipment, computers, diesel power generators, power electrical systems, and instrumentation an asset;
  • Comfortable climbing.

Communication:

  • Excellent communications skills: interpersonal, listening, oral, written, and presentation;
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of an organization.

Working conditions:

  • The position primarily involves work in a lab/workshop and outdoor wind turbine environment.  Field work includes regular climbing of wind turbine towers and wind monitoring towers.
  • The position requires intermittent travel.  Candidate must be able to hold a passport.
  • Candidate must be able to maintain a valid Driver’s License.
  • The position requires flexible work hours.

Please respond with a cover letter and resumé to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 05, 2019.

June 18, 2019

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Manager, Engineering and Operations, the Wind Systems Junior Engineer/Researcher is responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing operation of testing and technology development projects. The Wind Systems Junior Engineer/Researcher’s primary focus will be operational performance of the Wind R&D Park but will also contribute to research projects in support of the Institute’s mandate.

Principle Responsibilities and Accountability:

  • Assist in the development and execution of operations and research programs involving the Wind R&D Park and associated technology in accordance with current best practices and industry findings.
  • Assist wind turbine technicians with field work including turbine inspections, troubleshooting, scheduled/unscheduled maintenance, met tower, and small turbine work.  
  • Liaise with contractors, suppliers, system operators, and utility grid operators.
  • Prepare equipment documentation procedures, troubleshooting, service, and technical reports and present technical results at various industry forums.
  • Responsible for setting and maintaining high standard of project implementation and maintenance of site systems including development of documentation procedures.
  • perform project management, cost tracking, and scheduling of various operational projects.
  • Develop operational and testing procedures in accordance with technical standards applicable to wind turbine testing. Participate in wind turbine testing leading to certification contracts. Lead the development of various system test programs. Review data for quality control and reduce data for detailed analysis.
  • Collaborate in the writing of academic papers with researchers and present findings at conferences. Prepare presentations for others within the Institute.
  • Assist in the selection, design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of measurement equipment and data acquisition systems.
  • Remain current with information on technical trends, research, applications, and effective practices related to the wind energy and energy storage industries.
  • Organize and participate in safety related training and the Institute’s safety responsibilities.
  • Organize and supervise student work done in conjunction with WEICan.
  • Work collaboratively, manage multiple projects, balance priorities, lead project teams, and meet deadlines.
  • Draft project proposal submissions.
  • Work independently.
  • Work with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Perform other duties as required or assigned.

Education and Training:

  • Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering preferred. Other engineering disciplines, or other equivalent degrees (Physics, etc.) also considered.
  • Member of or eligible for membership with the Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island, preferred.

Experience/Skills:

  • Experience in wind integration and storage systems desirable.
  • Utility grid operator and system operator experience an asset.
  • Understanding of the electricity grid desirable.
  • Experience in electrical/mechanical and instrumentation design and implementation desirable.
  • Experience in engineering research an asset.
  • Knowledge of industrial control and storage system technologies an asset.
  • Relevant experience in electrical systems and storage systems an asset.
  • Experience in instrumentation, programming, digital control systems, and data acquisition systems an asset.
  • Experience in project management an asset.
  • Knowledgeable in CSA, CEC, and the IEC wind turbine standards an asset.
  • Knowledge of computer systems, MS Office, coding, and CAD software packages an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Working Conditions:

  • The position involves work in both an office/lab environment and outdoor wind turbine environment.   Field work includes regularly climbing wind turbine towers and wind monitoring towers, both at the Institute and remotely.
  • The position requires intermittent travel.  Candidate must be able to hold a passport.
  • Candidate must be able to maintain a valid Driver’s License.
  • The position requires flexible work hours.

Please respond with a cover letter and resumé to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 05, 2019.

Women in Wind: Faces of wind energy in the UK

 

A few years ago, our partners at RenewableUK created a video series featuring Women in Wind working in the UK. RenewableUK later built upon this series with the Switch List – a list of more than 300 female experts who can serve as speakers and energy domain experts – in an effort to encourage greater female representation at industry events.

Check out the videos below:

Global Wind Day 2019 – Wind energy is more important than ever to power economic development and achieve global climate action goals

  • On 15 June, the wind industry will celebrate the annual Global Wind Day, showcasing the growth and benefits of wind power in communities worldwide
  • There is now more than 591GW of wind power capacity installed globally in 91 countries, with continued growth predicted as wind power is quickly becoming one of the cheapest energy sources available
  • Wind power is contributing to global development and climate goals by creating jobs, decreasing carbon emissions, stimulating local investment and decreasing energy poverty

14 June 2019, Brussels – WindEurope, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the global wind community will celebrate Global Wind Day tomorrow . This is a day to discover wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.

Since last year’s Global Wind Day, over 51GW of both onshore and offshore wind have been installed, bringing the global total capacity up to 591GW and making wind power a significant contributor to energy systems across the world. Today, 91 countries have installed wind energy, with over one third having installed more than 1GW. In addition to established markets in Europe, China and North America, emerging markets in Latin America and Asia will continue to drive growth in years to come.

Wind power will continue to grow and play a pivotal role in the global energy transition towards a prosperous low-carbon economy. Onshore and offshore wind have recorded historically low costs this year, making wind power more competitive than ever vis-à-vis conventional power generation. Onshore wind is already the cheapest form of new power generation in many parts of Europe, with offshore not far behind. By 2020, this will also be the case on a global scale.

Ben Backwell, CEO at GWEC said: “Global energy demand is growing, and we have seen a steady growth in wind power in mature and emerging markets to take on a more significant role in fulfilling this demand. It is now a clear choice for companies to invest more and more in wind energy, and we are tangibly seeing this shift happen with investment in renewable energy more than doubling investments in fossil fuels in the power sector last year. As we see more investment in wind power, we will also see a decrease in carbon emissions, the creation of local jobs, an increase in access to electricity worldwide, greater energy security as the need for fuel imports reduces, and local economic development. Wind power is therefore key to meet both the world’s development and climate goals as we work towards achieving SDG7 and beyond”.

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Climate change is at the top of the political agenda in a way we’ve not seen before. Citizens are urging their governments to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time. Governments can deliver by unlocking investments in wind, the most cost effective climate mitigation technology. From 2011-2016 wind helped the EU avoid over 819 million tons of CO² and reduce Europe’s fossil-fuel import dependency and improve our air quality. But wind energy also provides jobs and investment. 300,000 people work in wind energy in Europe today and local communities are benefitting too from investment and local tax revenues. Wind is currently 14% of Europe’s electricity, It could be the cornerstone of Europe’s energy system providing half of all of Europe’s electricity by 2050 according to the European Commission”.

As part of the Global Wind Day celebrations, WindEurope and GWEC organised the ‘Future Wind’ photo competition that focused on four main themes: Local Impact, Boosting Economies, Visionary Wind and Beyond Wind. This competition is run annually to showcase all the various benefits that wind power can bring to communities across the world.

The winners of the competition will be announced tomorrow morning on the Global Wind Day Website here.

 

About Global Wind Day

Global Wind Day is held on 15 June every year and is a coordinated action between WindEurope, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and other national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities. In the run-up to 15 June, hundreds of public events will be held all over the world from family outings and wind farm visits to seminars with experts and leading industry figures.

About GWEC

GWEC is a member-based organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organizations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies. See https://gwec.net/

 

About WindEurope

WindEurope is the voice of the wind industry, actively promoting wind power in Europe and worldwide. We have over 400 members, active in over 50 countries. In addition to leading wind turbine manufacturers, our membership encompasses component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, developers, contractors, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies, and consultants.

WindEurope actively coordinates international policy, communications, research and analysis. We provide various services to support members’ requirements and needs in order to further their development, offering the best networking and learning opportunities in the sector. See: www.windeurope.org

 

For more information, please contact:

Alyssa Pek

GWEC

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Andrew Canning

WindEurope

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