• Engineering

    City and Guilds Wind Turbine Technician

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 26 Aug 2019

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Scotland has a world-renowned reputation for engineering, and is at the cutting-edge of engineering developments. Engineers design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. They have an impact on every aspect of modern living and enjoy exciting career opportunities in lots of different sectors, including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion and construction.

If you’ve got a logical and inquisitive mind, enjoy problem solving and are curious to know how things work, you’ve got it in you to make a great engineer! Right now, qualified engineers are in extremely high demand, with thousands of new engineers needed every year in Scotland alone.

Ayrshire College is an ideal choice for studying engineering:

  • We have STEM Assured Status which means we have been recognised for the quality of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths courses.
  • We’ve invested in our equipment, so you’ll be learning using the latest industry standard technology.
  • We won Training Partner of the Year at the prestigious SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) Skills Awards in 2017.

We’ve also got an excellent record of employment for our engineering students.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in renewables
  • Five National 5s or equivalent, including Maths and Physics, and ideally English and Design and Manufacture OR a relevant Level 5 course such as Introduction to Electrical Engineering with Renewables
  • To be able to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life and work experience, we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course offers you a dual qualification - the City and Guilds Diploma in Power Engineering, and Performing Engineering Operations at NVQ Level 2.

It will give you a good all-round introduction to engineering, as well as focusing specifically on wind turbine technology. It’s part theory, part practical.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll begin by exploring the theory and background of wind turbines and energy. You’ll be introduced to the four main wind turbine systems - electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and control and instrumentation.
  • You’ll learn about the components of a wind turbine, and its basic functions and operations. You’ll look at the wind and renewables industry, along with aspects such as aerodynamics, meteorology and wind farms.
  • You’ll then look in more detail at wind turbine systems technology and the four main systems, focusing on the operation and maintenance of each.

You’ll spend a lot of time developing your practical skills in the workshop, such as:

  • carrying out basic maintenance activities on electrical equipment and systems, and mechanical devices and equipment, including diagnosing faults
  • wiring and testing electrical equipment and circuits, and also programmable controller based systems, such as PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers)
  • assembling and testing fluid power systems, including hydraulic, pneumatic or vacuum systems
  • producing composite mouldings and components.

Finally, back in the classroom, you’ll look at the relevant health and safety regulations; how to use technical information such as engineering drawings; and the skills you need to work effectively in an engineering post.

Go Anywhere

In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a relevant Level 7 course such as HNC Electrical Engineering or HNC Engineering Practice (Electrical)
  • Seeking to start your career with employment as a Wind Turbine Technician.

This course attracts huge interest from multi-national companies such as SSE, Scottish Power, B9/Gamesa and agencies across the UK, seeking to recruit new employees.


  • Believe me, it’s worth it! - Former Wind Turbine student and now B9 Energy Technician David Miller talks to students about life after qualifying. Click here to read the blog.
  • Give it your best shot - see our tips on preparing for an interview in engineering or construction. Click here to read the blog.

Start Date

26 Aug 2019



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