In simple terms, I run the day to day operations of the wind farm, Dorenell being a the largest in EDF’s European onshore fleet. 59 x V90 mk9 3mw turbines. A typical day would be to triage faults and execute planned works, carry out tool box talks and setting the team to work. The next part of my day would be planning / co-ordinating with external suppliers and contractors to maximise our opportunities whilst in the turbine for the days and weeks ahead.

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The sense of achievement and pride I feel when all the turbines are running at the end of the day, or we finish campaigns of work safely and on time; then, as a team come together and enjoy a beer or 3. The scenery, you see and follow all four seasons, heather changing colour from a barren brown to purple. In the north of Scotland though you can see them all in one day; even in May. I love the challenges and unpredictability that comes with the weather and or industry and working through them.

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Technicians, unfortunately this is one industry you can’t get a feel for the job before you apply because of all the working at height training and medical etc. The best thing you can do is make contact with the wind farms you are interested in try and speak to people in the industry, or if you like travelling look at the construction teams and pre assembly side, there are some fantastic contracting companies out there too.

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In simple terms, I run the day to day operations of the wind farm, Dorenell being a the largest in EDF’s European onshore fleet. 59 x V90 mk9 3mw turbines. A typical day would be to triage faults and execute planned works, carry out tool box talks and setting the team to work. The next part of my day would be planning / co-ordinating with external suppliers and contractors to maximise our opportunities whilst in the turbine for the days and weeks ahead.

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Oliver Oakley
Lead Technician, EDF Renewables