Wind Turbine Inspections Specialist (DNV GL North America)

Company and Business Area Description

Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organisations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification and technical assurance along with software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries.

Combining leading technical and operational expertise, risk methodology and in-depth industry knowledge, DNV GL empowers our customers’ decisions and actions with trust and confidence. We continuously invest in research and collaborative innovation to provide customers and society with operational and technological foresight.

Originated in 1864, DNV GL operates globally in more than 100 countries with our 15,000 professionals dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

DNV GL – Energy, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries around the world, is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a heritage of 150 years, we specialize in providing world-class, innovative solutions in the fields of business & technical consultancy, testing, inspections & certification, risk management, and verification.


Local and Position Description 

DNV GL – Energy’s Renewables Advisory group is seeking a Wind Turbine Inspections Specialist to join our Wind Turbine Technology team, which includes our wind turbine inspections services. This position is based out of our Seattle, WA office (remote is possible for the right candidate). 

Tasks May Include

Provide project-related field inspection and support within Renewables Advisory North America with a focus on wind turbine condition, site operations, and project construction phases. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Performing End of Warranty inspections and testing on condition of wind turbine equipment on-site.
Performing incoming goods inspections at wind project sites.
Performing operational site assessment site visits to inspect equipment and operations and maintenance processes to objectively assess project conditions.
Supporting/Performing construction monitoring site visits.
Supporting root cause failure investigations through inspection and documentation of field conditions as well as follow-up analysis projects (both desk and field inspection work).
Meet company required documentation and reporting and administrative responsibilities.
Author detailed construction monitoring and operational site visit reports, and write memos, emails or technical notes to communicate clearly and objectively internally and to clients with accuracy and technical rigor.
Complete company required documentation in a timely manner such as Job Safety Analysis, Risk Assessments, time sheets, expense reports, inspection check sheets, tracking reports and scheduling controls.
Adhere to DNV GL and client safety procedures, and foster a safe working environment.




Education & Experience

Mechanical or Electrical Technician Certificate, Wind Turbine Technician Certificate or Engineering Technology Associate’s degree or other related techncal degree. 
Minimum 3 years of experience performing wind turbine commissioning, maintenance, inspections, service and/or operations.
Minimum 1 year of supervision and/or project management experience is a plus
Strong writtten and verbal English communication skills
Technical Skills

Extensive experience with visual turbine inspections,blade inspections, oil and grease sampling, vibration monitoring systems, and generator testing.
Experience with internal video probe inspections (borescope) of gearboxes a plus
Must have comprehensive knowledge of wind turbine systems including gearboxes, blades, pitch and yaw systems, generators, towers and foundations, electrical cabling, controllers and SCADA systems.
Experienced with different wind turbine platforms is a plus
Knowledgeable in wind turbine project operational processes and performance management best practices.
Knowledgeable in wind turbine project health and safety and environmental practices which includes but is not limited to lock out tag out, working at heights, hazard communication, hazardous waste, confined space, electrical safety and personal protective equipment.
Preferred but not required, climb and rescue trained and certified through an industry recognized training institute.
Current demonstrated ability to climb at heights and climb rescue certificates desired, OSHA 10, qualified electrical worker (600V+), OSHA 30 a plus
Proficient in MS Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and able to learn new software
Proficient in reading and understanding mechanical and civil drawings, and electrical schematics.
Proficient in reading and understanding operational procedures and instructions, maintenance and inspection check sheets and health and safety processes.
Physical Requirements

Ability to climb up a wind turbine tower ladder while carrying up to 30 lbs. of gear, typically 100m in height
Sufficient physical fitness to perform multiple 80-100m turbine climbs per day
Walk over rough or slippery terrain as experienced on heavy construction sites
Work in inclement weather conditions as experienced in the United States
Enter confined or enclosed spaces according to required procedures
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
Climb and rescue trained and certified through an industry recognized training institute preferred
Requires the willingness and availability to travel frequently throughout the year for periods of up to three weeks at a time. Travel is usually within North America and may include more distant trips from time to time. Estimated travel time expected 60% to 75% of the year.
40 hours per week, Monday – Friday while in the office, up to 60 hours per week Monday – Saturday while in the field, with weekend time for travel or field work possible. Hours are flexible, with starting times between 8.00 a.m. – 9.00 a.m.  The working day is typically 8 hours, excluding lunch break.  Field work hours can vary depending upon site needs and weather conditions.
Valid driver’s license with safe driving record
Passport or documentation to allow international travel
We conduct pre-employment background and drug screening

**Immigration-related employment benefits, for example visa sponsorship, are not available for this position**

Opportunities Beyond Business

Our mission is to safeguard life, property and the environment. By joining us, you will work towards our meaningful vision: to make a global impact for a safe and sustainable future. DNV GL offers a congenial working environment, competitive salaries, and an exceptional benefits package.

DNV GL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights under the law, see:

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