Ørsted announces large recruitment drive for wind turbine technicians

Wind industry professionals are being recruited by Ørsted to work on the world’s biggest offshore wind farm located in Grimsby. Ørsted has recently announced a significant campaign to hire approximately 75 new wind turbine technicians to assist in the development, operation, and maintenance of the huge Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. All new employees will be based in the Grimsby area but be working 75 miles offshore from ships located at the wind farms.

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The Hornsea Project One is due to be completed in 2020 and will consist of over 170 large-scale wind turbines, with enough capacity to generate energy for one million households. Whilst Ørsted has not specifically announced how many technicians will be working on the site, the business has opened up applications for full times positions and set a deadline for the 28th of February.

Formerly Dong Energy, Ørsted hires over 200 people in the Grimsby area but is intending to expand to over 500 full times staff located onshore and offshore in this region once the Hornsea zone is completed.

The current job advert includes the following:

“Join us and become a Wind Turbine Technician at Hornsea One where you’ll be responsible for maintaining and repairing our wind turbines, positively contributing to our safety culture, and working with our engineering specialists to enhance our wind farm performance.

“Your initial deployment will be onto our Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. You’ll be expected to spend your on-shift living on and working from a Service Operations Vessel (SOV). Your base location will be Grimsby, where you’ll embark the SOV.”

Key tasks listed are troubleshooting and repairing electrical and mechanical components, servicing and maintaining the giant turbines and plant. Recruits will also use computer software to record their work.

Other skills include preparing and packing spare parts, tools and other equipment, general cleaning including turbines and vessels and maintaining safety equipment like life vests, helmets, and harnesses.

Requirements include having an apprenticeship in a “relevant discipline, such as electrical or mechanical engineering” and preferably, with further qualifications, such as a BTEC or HNC.

Candidates should also be physically fit, “have an aptitude for working at heights and in restricted or confined spaces” be comfortable working offshore or in vessels for “extended periods of time”.

Ørsted also said it wants “team players with a calm and controlled approach to problem-solving”.

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