Fife College celebrates graduation of 100 Scots wind power technicians with visit by US pioneer


Janet McCauslin (left) and Ashish Gavali with one of the turbines used for training wind technicians at Fife Collegev
Janet McCauslin (left) and Ashish Gavali with one of the turbines used for training wind technicians at Fife College

Fife College students and college staff from across Scotland, have been benefitting from state of the art wind turbine training facilities after welcoming training specialist Ashish Gavali to the college recently.

Gavali, an American entrepreneur and innovator who created the international Wind Turbine Trainer programme, travelled from his base in Chicago to support the training of future wind turbine technicians in Scotland.  

Lecturers from colleges throughout Scotland gathered at Fife College’s Rosyth Campus recently to meet Gavali and up-date their skills and knowledge in wind turbine technology.

When first bought by the college, the training programme was the only one being used in Europe. Since purchasing the first trainer and after launching a wind turbine technician course three years ago, the college has used the programme to train over 100 students to become wind turbine technicians.

The equipment and training programme has been so successful that other colleges in Scotland have now followed Fife College’s footsteps.

With the support of the Energy Skills Partnership many have purchased a turbine trainer and are benefitting from Gavali’s expertise to ensure that they can get the best from their new training to meet the demands of this fast growing sector and its requirement for skilled renewable energy engineers.

Part-funding for both rig and training were made available through Scotland’s Energy Skills Partnership who recognise the need for specialist training to be made available to ensure Scotland remains at the forefront of this exciting industry.

Janet McCauslin from Fife College, who is also a member of the Energy Skills Partnership, welcomed Gavali to Fife College. She explained:  

“This is a huge step forward for the resourcing of our colleges in Scotland, and sharing skills with our staff will ensure that we can make best use of these fantastic pieces of technology.  

“Ashish explained to me the importance of fault diagnosis and repair skills for the wind engineers. The alternative to this would be a ‘remove and replace’ approach to fixing faults which would add huge costs to the operation of wind farms.”

 “As this industry expands we hope that our great facilities will attract many more people leaving school or looking for exciting career opportunities to join us and benefit from these fantastic training initiatives.”

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