Ørsted launches a BIG recruitment drive for wind turbine technicians in Grimsby - head for heights required!

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Feb 2018

Workers are being recruited in Grimsby to maintain the world’s biggest offshore wind farm.

Ørsted has launched a major recruitment campaign to recruit around 75 wind turbine technicians, as the build-out of the vast Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm begins.

It says the new employees – who need to have a head for heights - will be based in Grimsby but work 75-miles offshore from ships stationed in the wind farm. Helicopter transfers will also be involved.

When complete in 2020, Hornsea Project One will feature 174 giant wind turbines, generating enough electricity to power one million homes.

Ørsted has not said how many technicians will be employed on the site, but has now opened up applications for the full time jobs. The deadline is on February 28 and staff will be based in Grimsby.


A wind turbine technician scales one of the giant masts offshore (Image: Ørsted)

The Danish giant, formerly known as Dong Energy before a rebrand last year, currently employs around 200 people in Grimsby but expects to have 500 staff working onshore and offshore from North East Lincolnshire once the entire Hornsea zone is developed.

The job advert says: “Do you want to help maintain our portfolio of offshore wind farms?

“Join us and become a Wind Turbine Technician at Hornsea One where you'll be responsible for maintaining and repairing our wind turbines, positively contributing to our safety culture, and working with our engineering specialists to enhance our wind farm performance.

“Your initial deployment will be onto our Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. You'll be expected to spend your on-shift living on and working from a Service Operations Vessel (SOV). Your base location will be Grimsby, where you'll embark the SOV.”

So what's it like to train as an offshore wind turbine technician?


Connor Lewis, a wind turbine technician with Orsted (Image: Ørsted)

Key tasks listed are troubleshooting and repairing electrical and mechanical components, servicing and maintaining the giant turbines and plant. Recruits will also use computer software to record their work.

Other skills include preparing and packing spare parts, tools and other equipment, general cleaning including turbines and vessels and maintaining safety equipment like life vests, helmets and harnesses.

Requirements are to have a full apprenticeship in a “relevant discipline, such as electrical or mechanical engineering” and preferably, with further qualifications, such as BTEC or HNC

Candidates should also be physically fit, “have an aptitude for working at heights and in restricted or confined spaces” be comfortable working offshore or in vessels for “extended periods of time”.

Ørsted also said it wants “team players with a calm and controlled approach to problem-solving”.

The company said: “The project is to be operated from a service operations vessel (SOV) which will remain at sea for several weeks at a time. Maintenance and troubleshooting work is expected to take place from the SOV on a 24-hour basis, so some working at unsocial hours may be required. Hornsea Project One will also utilise transport by helicopter, and helicopter hoisting for access to turbines. Technicians involved in helicopter operations will either be based on the SOV, or onshore-based. “

Ørsted said it wants to encourage “career-long learning and development so our people can realise their full potential”.

The company will be holding one day assessment centres over four days on March 20 and 21 and April 12 and 13 at a location to be confirmed but in the “Scunthorpe area”.


(Image: Ørsted)

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Mark Webb, chair of the North East Lincolnshire Development and Growth board, said: "Great to hear Ørsted are launching a recruitment drive for 75 technicians, all to be based in Grimsby. A big opportunity for local apprentices."

Those passing successfully through the assessment day will be invited to face to face interviews in Grimsby between March 26 and 28 and April 18 and 20.

How to apply: 

For the United Kingdom, Ørsted has a special recruitment support email on ukrecruitment@orsted.co.uk

To apply now visit Ørsted's recruitment site at orsted.com/careers



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