After ten years of life at sea and then a number of years in offshore oil and gas, I can now tell friends and family that I live off the wind! Together with six colleagues, I am responsible for the Wieringermeer wind farm re-powering and expansion project north of Amsterdam.
Soon there will be 82 turbines, each almost 120 meters high at the site. My role includes making adjustments to the software and performing inspections and upgrades of the mechanical and electrical systems. And of course we also fix faults. Each of these turbines can deliver 3.6 megawatts of electrical power per hour, so standing still is very expensive!
Fossil fuels are running out, so we have to develop new energy sources and in this job I can help make that happen. Wind is a fantastic technology with an exciting future and it also gives me the opportunity to work with a lot of freedom. There is no-one looking over my shoulder all the time when I’m standing at the top of a turbine.
My team based in a really nice building on an old glider airfield, with more than enough workplaces, parking and charging stations. And I live just 15 kilometres from work.
My work is flexible and varied so it’s not a job where I’m going to the same office every day and drinking coffee from the same mug. The technology is important to me in my role but it’s also about being outside, working in a young industry, and in an organization where there is an open culture and many opportunities for growth. I am listened to and my initiative is appreciated and I receive a lot in return from Vattenfall.
I have an active life outside of work and like tinkering with classic vehicles such as my old Volkswagen Buggy and also really enjoy windsurfing. And of course I also spend time with my two daughters. When a commercial for Vattenfall comes on TV, they always shout: “Daddy, you work there!