What is it like to be a female wind turbine technician?
As the global wind market has grown, many companies and organisations have begun actively seeking female in-field experts to play their part in seeking equality and diversification in a sector whereby only 21% of the workforce is made up of females. GEV Wind Power have made huge progress in this area, having allocated their first female wind turbine technician team in 2019!
At GEV Wind Power, we would like to celebrate the female in-field experts and showcase their talent.
We want to provide a platform to empower women and give them the opportunity to tell their own stories in an effort to attract more women in a predominantly male-orientated industry.
In this article, Hannah Mullen discusses how women aspiring to be in the wind industry might be able to chase their dream, whilst we uncover any challenges they may have faced whilst chasing their dreams!
Hi Hannah. Thank you for taking part in this blog. Could you please tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Hannah, and I am a 30-year-old from Sunderland, UK. I have been a wind turbine technician for 2 years, and when I am not working, I love to go travelling, go to concerts and socialise with friends.
Thanks Hannah. When did you know that you wanted to become a wind turbine technician, and please describe your journey?
Over four years ago, I saw one of my old school friends posted on social media regarding his journey and job description as a wind turbine technician- it looked incredible! At the time I was bored working in a call centre, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. However, I knew that I had a passion for learning new things and being hands-on with tasks.
After doing some research around the different courses that I would need to complete, I had made my decision and I wanted to be a wind turbine technician! Firstly, I used up my holidays from work to take time off to take the GWO Basic Safety Modules and Rope Access courses. Once I successfully passed the courses, I quit my call centre job and applied for different roles. I couldn’t be more appreciative to GEV Wind Power, who gave me my first opportunity as a female wind turbine technician!
That’s brilliant. Were there any difficulties that you faced when becoming a wind turbine technician?
I didn’t find any difficulties in learning to become a wind turbine technician. There may be occasions where you’re unsure about something, but the great thing is that you’re surrounded by team members who go above and beyond to help you progress and give you solutions.
That is great to hear Hannah! What are your favourite things about the role?
I have so many things that I love about being a wind turbine technician, but the best thing about this role are the people. You get to meet so many different people from all over the world, who all have different techniques and information that you get to learn from!
As well as the people, I stated this before, but you get to do a lot of travelling and get to see some beautiful sites across the globe, which is far better than your average view from the office!
Finally, do you have any advice/tips for women in becoming a valued wind turbine technician?
The advice I would give to any women aspiring to become a wind turbine technician would be to just go for it and don’t doubt yourself. You should step outside of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Thank you Hannah. This article will be extremely insightful for women that are determined to join the wind industry as a wind turbine technician.
If you’re interested in joining as a new member of the fantastic GEV Wind Power team, then please apply for one of the many roles that we have available via the link below: