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The Offshore Wind industry, a nascent sector emerging and developing in the United States, is projected to generate 26GW of capacity through currently approved projects along the eastern seaboard. The U.S. must produce employment pipelines for the OSW industry within five years, as well as the creation of an indigenous supply chain to service the market.

The U.S. Department of Energy forecasts the industry will employ 43,000 people along the East Coast by 2030, and as a result, will create thousands of jobs in southeastern Massachusetts, providing area residents career opportunities in the emerging 21st-century global economy. The South Coast of Massachusetts has been a particular focus for the OSW industry due to its close proximity to the natural resource of high levels of steady and consistent wind, attracting OSW projects and international companies with strategies to enter the U.S. market.

We are ready to meet the workforce needs of this industry for Massachusetts, New England, and the United States.

The Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute or the NOWI will provide the Offshore Wind Industry (OSW) and its supply chain with a one-stop-shop for all the trainings and certifications for their workforce. 

NOWI will offer a comprehensive array of required training, ensuring the workforce has the skills, competencies, and certifications required for careers in OSW. Specifically, the NOWI will offer Global Wind Organization (GWO) training modules that provide required and needed training.



What training is required to work on a wind farm in the US?

Basic Safety Training and Basic Technical Training

The NOWI will offer these courses, combined or in separate modules.

The Basic Safety Training course consists of five different modules. These are GWO First Aid, GWO Working at Heights, GWO Sea Survival, GWO Fire Awareness, and GWO Manual Handling. With a two-year certification cycle, the NOWI will offer Basic Safety Training refreshers to ensure you are up-to-date in your required offshore wind certifications.

The Basic Technical Training consists of three different modules. These are GWO Mechanical, Electrical, and Hydraulics modules that provide the knowledge and skills to carry out basic tasks (supervised by an experienced technician) for an offshore wind technician.

Bristol’s NOWI has partnered with Maersk Trainingbringing its long-term expertise to ensure the most effective and efficient training experience for you and your company.




For More Information, please contact:

NOWI icon Jennifer Menard, VP Economic & Business Development

NOWI icon Dr. Alan Lowdon, Director of Strategic Development, National Offshore Wind Institute


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