Siemens to build training centre in Florida

The demand for skilled wind service technicians is increasing as more wind projects come online in the US. (Photo: Siemens)
The demand for skilled wind service technicians is increasing as more wind projects come online in the US. (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens will build a new wind energy training facility in Orlando (Florida). It will be one of four Siemens wind service training facilities, joining Brande (Denmark), Bremen (Germany), and Newcastle (UK). The training centre, which is being built based on LEED Gold green-building standards, is scheduled to begin operations by this summer.

The central feature will be two full-sized Siemens nacelles, upon which wind service technicians will be trained to perform maintenance based on Siemens specifications. In addition, two 32-foot-high climbing towers, ladder structures, electrical and hydraulic modules, and a maintenance crane will make training, safety and rescue simulations possible under realistic conditions.

The 40,000 square-foot centre, which will be located close to the global headquarters of Siemens' Energy Service division in Orlando, will require an initial investment from Siemens of approximately US$ 7 million. The service centre will host approximately 2,400 trainees annually from the US and the rest of the Americas, and will create 50 new full-time jobs.

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