Kerry ETB
Kerry ETB
Kerry ETB

Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician

The only training programme of it's type in Ireland. Pursue a career in the maintenance of large scale commercial wind turbines. It is aimed at qualified tradespersons or college graduates.

Unique to Kerry College

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What will I study?

  • Teamwork
  • Communications
  • Environmental Protection
  • Working at Heights
  • Rescue Procedures
  • Wind Turbine Components Inspection and Maintenance
  • Pitch and Yaw Components
  • Introduction to Hydraulics
  • Blade Inspection and Proportional Hydraulics
  • Hydraulic Components
  • Lubrication and Drive Train Components
  • Turbine Structures
  • Fault Location and Diagnosis Systems Configuration
  • Career Planning and Job Seeking Skills
  • In-Company Training.

Why should I do this course

  • 10 weeks of work practice
  • 100% job placement
  • Range of industry-certifications and tickets included 
  • Practice-led tuition
  • Only traineeship of its kind in Ireland
  • Qualified Wind Turbine Maintenance Technicians are in high demand
  • Work is readily available in a range of Irish and European companies who operate in the domestic and European wind energy market

What are the employment opportunities?

This course has been designed to provide the Wind Turbine Maintenance sector with skilled personnel to competently undertake a range of maintenance functions, reports and positions in the field of wind turbine operations.

It will equip learners with the knowledge, skills and competence to inspect and maintain various wind turbine system components, locate and diagnose faults, replace components and reconfigure systems.

Support development and working with others as well as health and safety through statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Recognised electrical or mechanical trade qualification with a number of years’ experience or Honours Degree in electrical, automotive or mechanical engineering
  • Ability to work at heights of up to 100m is essential
  • Excellent colour vision is essential
  • Full Category B Driving licence is essential
  • Excellent level of physical fitness 
  • Professional experience using hand and power tools
  • Ability to work from complex instructions and diagrams
  • Solid literacy, verbal and numeracy skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Good hand/eye co-ordination, manual dexterity and spatial aptitude
  • Willing to travel for work - 95% of the time 
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Willing and able to work in all weathers and in remote locations
  • Able to work in confined spaces

What is the certification?

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Power Engineering Wind Turbine Operations and Maintenance

You will also receive the following training and certification on this course:

  • Safe Pass
  • GWO Manual Handling
  • GWO First Aid
  • GWO Fire Awareness
  • Hub Access and Rescue/ Confined Space and Rescue
  • Working at Heights and Rescue
  • PPE Inspection

Cost

There are no fees payable on this course. All materials and books are provided.

Learner payments may be available to some applicants.

Full-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is the first integrated college of FET in Ireland. This means we do both progression focused further education programmes and a range of employment focused skills training programmes.

Not at all.

All of our employment focused full-time day courses are fee-free and fully funded. Places are subject to an admissions interview and our course capacity - which can be as low as 14 in some case.

Our progression focused full time courses carry at 130 euro registration fee which secures your place. Again, you don't need to be on a social welfare payment to apply or secure a place.

Our progression-focused courses are full time programmes and run from September to May each year. They provide you with the time and opportunity to explore a potential career and study path -prior to committing to a third level course of study.

You can achieve up to 390 points on our courses for progression which you can in turn use to access a range of third level courses.

Kerry College has agreements in place with many Institutes of Technologies and Universities to allow our students to progress to study there.

You'll need to work hard though, achieving a full range of distinctions is often a requirement to progress.

Our employment-focused courses are full-time programmes focused on building knowledge, skill and ability and essential qualifications to enter the jobs market.

Most have integrated work practice and/or industry placement. Many include unique, professional micro-certifications which further increase your employablility.

Our courses for employment are a great choice for those wishing to career change, reskill, upskill or start your career.

Specific entry criteria will vary depending on the course.

For most courses for employment, you must have completed a minimum of three years post-primary education or have a Junior Certificate. Some courses for employemt require that you are either 18+ or 21+ before applying. Check each course page for further details.

For most courses for further study and university progression, applicants must have a Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA, QQI Level 4 Certificate or have reached the age of 18. 

Mature students (over 23) may also apply. 

If you do not meet the specific entry criteria, you may be called for an information interview to secure a place. 

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is a ten-level system (1–10) giving an academic or vocational value to qualifications obtained in Ireland.

Kerry College offers programmes at Levels 5 and 6 but also a range of industry-recognised professional certifications.

In adddion, we also offer a number of pathway courses at Level 4.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit. 

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award which allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award. 

A Major award is a significant achievement and usually comprises of 8 minor awards or modules.

Gaining a major award allows progression to a range of third level programmes or qualifies you for an entry level job where you can build on your qualification with experience.

Our Monavalley Campus has full-time courses starting every month of the year. These courses range from 8 weeks to 56 weeks in duration. We don't do a mid-term or Easter break at Monavalley. Our Campus Locations at Clash Road, Denny Street and Listowel run by the academic calendar - starting in September and ending in May and include breaks at mid-term and Easter. Our academic year is 39 contact weeks- so when you see 39 weeks, it's a year-long course.

Applications for all full-time programmes should be made online via the Kerry College. Your application will be processed using our FETCHCOURSES system.

If you haven't signed up for a FETCH account, you'll need to do this first. It's free and a one-time setup.

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on www.fetchcourses.ie. You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing FETCH COURSES account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

Most courses for employment are recruited via interview. The purpose of the admissions interview is to pre-screen for work practice and industry placement and to assess which applicants will gain the most from joining one of our programmes.

In preparation for the interview, consider why you’ve applied for the course, know the modules and the overall award, what you need to learn and how you plan to use your new skills. 

In cases where there is high demand for a course, you need to do well at interview to make it onto the class-list.

Yes, you do. 

There are a few options.

If you are already on a qualifying DEASP payment, you can continue to receive this while on any of our courses for employment. You must complete and sign an F103 form and bring it with you on the first day of the course.

If you are attending on a course for progression, you may qualify for a SUSI Grant (via www.susi.ie) or a Back to Education Allowance (via INTREO/DEASP). Enquire directly to SUSI or INTREO for further details.

If you can't take up your place, you should let our team know immediately, so we can offer your place to another applicant.

We don't have a deferral policy in place for employment based courses. 

This is not possible, unfortunately.

Your training payment (also called a training allowance) is based on your DEASP status at the start of the course.

Our courses for employment are free. If you can attend full time, you can apply for a place. Despite not qualifying for funding or a grant, you may still get a travel payment (if you live more than 3 miles/5km away from the campus location) or an accommodation payment (if you live more than 20 miles/32km away from the campus location).

Our courses for progression cost 130 euro. At present, the travel or accomodation payment is not part of these course.

Kerry College has abolished all online application fees and are working to make Further Educaton & Training free for everyone in County Kerry.

The NCS (National Childcare Scheme) is now in place and provides childcare supports for those on full-time education and training programmes. Full details can be found on the www.ncs.gov.ie webpage.

Get in touch with Kerry County Childcare Committee at (066) 718 1582 to discuss which childcare supports are available to you should you enrol on a full-time FET course.

Still have questions?

Contact the Kerry College Admissions Office on 066 714 9696 or info@kerrycollege.ie

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