Joined by state and local government officials, customers and special guests, Siemens Energy recently formally inaugurated its state-of-the-art wind service training center in Orlando. The center that provides highly advanced technical and safety training for installation and service technicians working at wind energy projects located throughout the Americas region.
The new $7 million facility is a milestone for Siemens as the company’s wind service business continues to grow, and the need for skilled technicians increases. Siemens currently provides service and maintenance for more than 3,000 installed turbines in the Americas region and 6,800 globally, with a combined generating capacity of 15GW. As more projects come online in the U.S. and across the region, highly skilled technicians will be needed to provide the long-term service and maintenance required to help insure the turbines operate at peak production, availability and reliability levels.
The training center provides trainees with the industry’s highest level of safety training and equips them with the advanced technical skills needed to service and maintain wind turbines. Siemens will also train the technicians who work on the installation of wind turbines in the Americas, with training specifically designed to address the installation process and related safety requirements. In addition, the advanced training at the center will be made available to technicians from Siemens’ wind power customers.
Built based on LEED Gold green-building standards, the 40,000-square-foot building is located near the global headquarters of Siemens‚Äô Energy Service division and features the latest Siemens’ wind technologies which are used in the hands-on safety and technical training. Two full-size nacelles, three 30-foot high climbing towers, ladder structures, electrical and hydraulic modules, and a service crane station are located within the center, making training, safety and rescue simulations as realistic as possible.
The center will host more than 2,400 trainees annually from the U.S. and the Americas. Siemens committed to creating 50 new full-time jobs associated with the training center.
For more information, visit www.energy.siemens.com.