March 18, 2019
World Wind & Solar (WWS) just wrapped up our successful visit to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Wind Project O&M and Safety Conference in San Diego, California. Held over February 27 and 28, 2019, this conference is the premier opportunity for the wind industry to come together to discuss solutions in health & safety, O&M, workforce training & development, and quality assurance.
Among North America’s largest gathering of wind energy operational professionals (this year’s conference included over 100 exhibitors and more than 1,000 industry professionals in attendance), WWS was proud to be the only exhibitor with a fully-equipped Mobile University, as well as the sole exhibitor with a custom-designed sand castle to welcome attendees—just another example of how proud WWS is to leave our mark on the industry and, at the same time, have fun doing so!
“Our mission statement at WWS,” says Director of Business Development Daryl Ragsdale, “is that we will be the industry standard for safety and excellence in service by training, equipping and deploying the most elite workforce, and what was cool was hearing people repeat back the words that this training trailer is or this should be the industry standard for the Wind and the Solar industry for that matter.”
To demonstrate the unique value proposition WWS brings to all our O&M clients, conference attendees were offered the exciting opportunity to tour our new training trailer and they were blown away, no pun intended! Our innovative and long-awaited Mobile University Technician Training is a fully self-contained 60’ trailer that can travel to any site or region in which we operate and deliver training to our wind and solar technicians nationwide, offering the latest in electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic simulators, labs, equipment for platform safety & rescue training, and more. With so many WWS workers placed at utility-scale energy projects in remote areas, this traveling training center prevents the need to take those technicians off of client sites causing unnecessary service delays for important safety and technical training trips.
The state-of-the-art WWS Mobile University is a brand new concept to much of the industry, so the AWEA Conference offered a first look for many attendees to see for themselves how the trailer acts as an extension of our central university training center and brings the industry as a whole to the next level. Ragsdale noted that “OEMs have training programs, but they can be expensive for companies like WWS. This mobile solution will help us bridge the gap between classroom training to practical training to hands-on training and then actually have our technicians in the field performing the service or task under supervision to make sure the training stuck.” The mobile training center allows our techs to receive the training they need and our training team can see firsthand the results of the training provided. This setup also creates an immediate feedback loop for the training team to develop enhancements to the training or fill any gaps or deficiencies.
To get a look for yourself, check out the video of the Tower Climbing Grease Monkeys touring the Mobile University. And if you missed out on seeing our travel-ready learning center for yourself, fear not—the trailer has scheduled stops coming up at WindPower 2019 in Houston, Texas (May 20 to 23) and at Solar Power International in Salt Lake City, Utah (September 23 to 26). We hope to see you there to give you a personal tour! If you want to find out more, see details of the Mobile University Technician Training at the WWS website or reach out to us for a free consultation.