EC wind turbine service technicians graduate from SARETEC

In case you have no concern of heights or confined areas you’re inspired to affix the eight certified wind turbine service technicians from the Japanese Cape who have been skilled and graduated at South African Renewable Vitality Expertise Centre (SARETEC) yesterday.

The graduates are from Bedford, Cookhouse, Adelaide and Somerset East native communities.   A wind turbine service technician plans, prepares and conducts set up, upkeep and element meeting for wind turbine processes, programs, amenities and gear says Hendrik Volschenk, Operations Supervisor at SARETEC. The programme is sponsored by the Cookhouse Wind Farm in partnership with Suzlon Vitality Restricted, an Indian multinational wind turbine producer.

Enthusiastic Operations Supervisor at SARETEC, Hendrik Volschenk mentioned the qualification is a seven-month program at NQF degree 5 and it quantities to 123 credit below the auspices of High quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). Volschenk mentioned the qualification falls below the South African Wind Vitality business because the nationwide accredited coaching centre below the auspices of CPUT for the QCTO Occupational certificates, SAQA ID 99559, Occupational Certificates: Wind Turbine Service Technician. 

“The aim of this qualification is to organize  learners to function as  wind turbine service technicians, to them I wish to say welcome to the household and I wish to see them again right here [at SARETEC] as trainers,” Volschenk remarked. He says the programme was within the worth of

R 1,030,000 which incorporates, coaching, stipend, and International Wind Organisation (GWO) certification. This consists of 5 months idea and sensible coaching at SARETEC and two months placement at numerous windfarms resembling Klipheuwel, Cookhouse and Vestas wind farms. “We’re the one QCTO- accredited establishment in South Africa,” continued Volschenk.

“As we communicate, they’ve employment contracts, I get emotional as a result of they’re like my kids, I’ve grow to be connected to them, this group was very disciplined.”

On her opening speech on the commencement ceremony, newly-appointed SARETEC director, Mokgadi Modise mentioned: “To the graduates, I’m knowledgeable that for the reason that inception of this Wind Turbine Technician Programme that every one the previous college students have been employed and none is idling or nonetheless on the lookout for a job. This exhibits the standard of the programme you will have completed which can make you marketable nationally and internationally as all these abilities are throughout the scarce abilities within the nation. These are the kind of abilities which might be wanted within the renewable sector at a world market. South Africa doesn’t have sufficient of artisans, and it’ll nonetheless take some time earlier than we may attain a focus peak on these and say now we have these abilities in abundance,” Modise continued.

“Our expertise has been that some skilled within the nation and finish working exterior the nation farms internationally. Nonetheless, we hope that you’ll keep within the nation and contribute to our personal abilities pool. Once we have a look at this coaching programme, we should always not have a look at it solely from the era standpoint, however we should always see it as SARETEC and everybody right here’s contribution in the direction of the nation’s Simply Transition on shifting in the direction of low carbon financial system. These abilities are required.”

Volschenk added {that a} certified wind turbine service technician will be capable of put together and plan for set up of parts.

Examine, diagnose malfunctioning, and conduct upkeep, alternative and restore of wind turbine parts.

Assemble and set up element components and/or gear.

“These people are in a position to work at heights in all climate circumstances, together with excessive chilly and warmth, for prolonged intervals. Wind turbine technicians have to be able to working carefully with different people as a staff,” he added.

A graduate, Xabiso Mfamana mentioned: “I wish to lengthen a phrase of gratitude on behalf of the scholars to our sponsors Suzlon and Cookhouse Wind Farm for the life-changing alternative they’ve granted us, this additionally goes to SARETEC administration, trainers for  equipping us and gave us an  publicity in depth to ensure that us to be competent… We are actually certified wind turbine service technicians, and that is the start of the brand new journey,” Bafana continued.

“We’ve overcome the first part and there is nonetheless extra to finish. Everyone knows that when climbing up the turbine, there are totally different platforms going up, once we attain the primary ground, we’re nonetheless on the backside of second ground so let’s maintain climbing till we attain our desired vacation spot, the nacelle as our honourable director,  Madam Modise emphasised development.” 

Admission necessities for this course:

Artisan qualification in any of the next electrical/mechanical trades:

  • NQF degree 4 qualification Electrician
  • NQF degree 4 qualification Electro-Mechanics
  • NQF degree 4 qualification Mechanical Engineering Millwright
  • NQF degree 4 qualification Mechatronics
  • NQF degree 4 qualification Fitter and Turner


Nationwide Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics


Nationwide Diploma in Electrical Engineering topic to RPL

Eligibility standards:

South African Citizen or Everlasting Resident

  • No prison file
  • Bodily match (Full medical would must be undertaken earlier than commencing)
  • No concern of heights or confined areas

Written by Aphiwe Boyce