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Students certified at SA Renewable Energy Technology Centre

Jun 19 2017 18:38

Cape Town - Nordex Group South Africa, in partnership with the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC), hosted a graduation ceremony last week for 15 students trained and certified in the internationally recognised Wind Turbine Service Technician programme.

The programme is South Africa’s first formal qualification in the wind sector and offers intake to students with a minimum of an NQF Level 4 qualification. Students received seven months of practical training and theory that included two months of in-service training on a wind farm.

Wind Turbine Service Technicians are responsible for the service, maintenance and repair of wind turbines. They inspect, diagnose, maintain, and adjust wind turbines, managing electrical and mechanical wind turbine operations.

In support of their commitment to mentorship and local skills transfer, the Nordex Group have employed five of the learners full-time and another four achieved extended contracts from the practical training by the Nordex Group.

“Since January 2015, SARETEC has rapidly established its reputation as a world-class renewable energy training facility. Having been set up to meet the needs of SA's fledgling renewable power industry, SARETEC is now graduating renewable energy technicians able to work anywhere in the world,” said Brenda Martin, CEO of South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

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