Renewable Energy Jobs and Traditional Skills

Energy usage is on the up globally, but traditional energy sources, such as fossil fuels, are running out. Governments around the world are exploring alternative energy sources such as solar power, wind farms, and hydro-electric power. Renewable energy jobs are the career of the future.

Traditional Skills

For people who have trained in traditional jobs such as automobile manufacturing, or welding, this could sound like a bad thing for their career prospects – but there’s no need to worry. Your skills at repairing gas-guzzling trucks may no longer be wanted, but welders, engineers and mechanics will have a role in bringing renewable energy to the masses. If you’re looking for work, and can’t find demand for your traditional skills in your usual sector, don’t overlook renewable energy jobs.

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You may need to supplement your current skills with some renewable energy education but if you previously worked at a traditional energy job you will be at an advantage. Welders will be needed to do plasma cutting, shaping and cleaning work to prepare wind turbines for assembly. If wind farms are to become a primary source of energy, then there will be a lot of work for welders. To give you an idea of how many turbines would be needed: The Capricorn Ridge Wind Farm in Texas, USA (an “average” sized wind farm) contains 407 wind turbines, and can power 220,000 homes. There are more than 3,100,000 households in Greater London, UK.

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Wind power is just one option – solar power and hydro-electric power could suit some cities. Builders would be required to install solar panels on the roofs of participating homes, and welders, divers, and skilled engineers would be needed to construct dams for hydro-electric power.

Traditional skills will always be in demand, whether that’s plasma cutting, carpentry, or construction work. Of course, jobs in the energy sector will go to those with current certifications. Your stick welding skills and ability to do some joinery for a fitted kitchen might be enough to get you work at a local shop, but building a wind turbine or a hydro-electric dam is a far more serious proposition, and energy companies will want to know that the people working on their equipment can do the job safely, and reliably.

Biogas and biomass are two other renewable energy sources that are being explored extensively in Europe. Construction workers, welders, and heavy goods vehicle drivers are both in demand as a result of those projects.

Working in the Renewable Energy Sector

The renewable energy sector should see some rapid growth over the next few years, so it’s a good place to seek employment. In Europe, the number of renewable energy sector jobs has grown by 25% in the last two years, and that growth is unlikely to slow down in the next couple of years. The processes used by the renewable energy sector aren’t all that different to the processes used in other engineering jobs, so most skills should be transferable.

Anyone looking for renewable energy careers should start by updating their certifications. it’s a good idea to look in to more advanced processes, and update traditional skills with at least some knowledge of automated processes and modern technology. Renewable energy training is on the rise

This post was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Westermans International who supply the welders of the world with plasma cutting equipment. Crispin is especially interested in renewable energy and enjoys writing on subects related to it. Photo: juggernautico