GEV Wind Power interviewed; Alexandru Nichiforov, a recently qualified wind turbine technician based in the EU, who shared some really useful suggestions on how to approach your formative years in the wind industry, whilst developing as a blade technician with entry-level rope access experience.

Hi Alexandru, could you please provide some words of advice for people who want to become a wind turbine technician, specifically with rope access certification (IRATA)?

Firstly, if you don’t have any experience on the ropes, you should definitely ask a Level 3 IRATA technician as many questions as you can, because they will have a lot of tips and tricks for you to learn! I also found myself using LinkedIn which is a fantastic platform, where you can network and pick up handy tips, knowledge, and experience from subject area specialists.

I spoke with a Level 3 IRATA trained technician who gave me some fantastic insight into how to become a competent rope access technician.

After getting some words of wisdom from a Level 3 IRATA trained technician, what were your next steps?

I was advised to go and apply to do some training. The training was extremely helpful because it matched the reality of the actual job. When you are just starting to work in the field, I would advise you to take a deep breath, relax and just think about doing your job, because you will be very aware of every movement and any noise that is made. Don’t worry about this, with experience you will gain confidence, everything will begin to come to you easily, and you won’t have those same thoughts as a Level 1.

Once you have completed your training, how would you best describe rope access, and what is it like to be on-site?

For rope access, feeling safe is the most important thing. If you have any questions or if you are unsure on what to do next, you will need to communicate this with your rope access supervisor and make sure that what you’re doing is according to the IRATA code of practice.

Finally, when you are on site or on the ropes, you should make the most of it, because you are going to experience some brilliant views, challenging work leading to great job satisfaction, and the opportunity to work with some amazing people.


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