Giuseppe Damiano, 35 years old - WTG Maintenance Technician, Montaguto (AV), ERG Renew O&M
How long have you been involved in the maintenance of wind turbines?
I started working in this sector in 2000 when I was 20 years old and was only involved in the routine maintenance of the wind blades. Thanks to the refresher courses offered by the company that I worked for and my (strong) desire to learn, I developed a great deal professionally and I also believe that I have matured on a personal level. Today I am involved not only in the mechanical and electrical aspects of the turbines, but also in repairing the blades with composite materials.
Can you briefly describe what your job entails?
I repair the turbine blades: sometimes, when there are thunderstorms or other adverse atmospheric conditions, they can become damaged, problems like disconnections, delamination, etc. A blade team has been created at our company, which I am part of, and with the help of the air platform we are normally able to perform the repairs directly at height, without having to dismantle the blade, therefore speeding up the process.
What are the skills needed to perform your job?
First of all, you need to know the blade structure very well, from a technical point of view, which materials to use, constantly keeping up to date on these things, because technology is always developing.
Another fundamental aspect is precision: sometimes you have to reconstruct sections of the blade, complicated by having to recreate the form and original profile.