I am a certified Wind Turbine Technician/IRATA 1
About Erik Olson:
I am a strong worker with excellent physical health including a strong work ethic. I take pride in all jobs and tasks that are assigned to me, and I work well as a team. Communicating professionally with a team, even under pressure to ensure the job gets done in the safest manner possible because safety is number 1. Not only is communication important, but “buddy checks” are important too, to make sure your crewmates PPE is safely done up right. I am a reliable and punctual worker that loves to help other people learn something new if they are new to a task. I don't like to see people struggle, I like to see the whole team improve together to improve efficiency and production.
I have years of experience as a Wind Turbine Technician, working in various fields of the industry. I have been a team lead and rigger for a blade repair team and performed the LOTO on the wind turbine to protect the crew working on the blade. I have worked for General Electric and gained excellent knowledge and mentorship from the crew and getting sent to the GE training Centre. I have performed multiple troubleshoots, component exchanges and leading a crew of contractors to perform annual and semi-annual maintenance's. Also, completing the maintenance checklists for the site supervisor and communicating with the team to maximize efficiency and house-keeping of the wind turbine. I have also worked on wind turbine construction sites with being on a nacelle prep crew and communicating with the crane operator to fly the components into place. Also installing all of the hoses for the coolant system and running a glycol test to ensure no leaks are found and the proper pressure is ensured by using a gage.
I diversified from the wind industry into the drilling industry, and was on a project in British Columbia operating a Marini Wagon Rock Drill for a slope stabilization project. I would drill 4 meter holes for rock anchors to be placed into and then I would be in the position as the nozzleman to grout the holes. After that project, I ventured into Sonic Drilling and was the Driller's Assistant. We worked in the Yukon at various gold mines for core sampling and tripping rods and casing from the hole either manually or utilizing a monkey on a winch to trip two rods at a time that are 10 meters long each. Performed regular maintenance checks on the Sonic Drill and support rig to ensure the equipment was always running smoothly. We also, installed water wells using the Sonic Drill in the Yukon.
I always wanted to get into rope access work, and after working in the Yukon I successfully completed my IRATA Level 1 rope access training. Immediately after the course, I worked as a geotechnical rope access technician. We would stabilize loose boulders by operating a plugger “pneumatic” hand drill and place a rock anchor in the hole with epoxy to prevent it from falling. As a geotechnical rope access technician and all of the positions I’ve worked, I really learned how important it is to double check your equipment, knots and fellow crewmates. Not only that, but to be aware of your surroundings as rocks and boulders can fall and could seriously hurt someone and to be able to communicate what's happening in the area and working near others to avoid any accidents from happening. At the end of the day, we all want to go home as we all have friends and family and as a worker it's your job to do your best to prevent all accidents from happening.
Wind Turbine Technician Certificate Program, Lethbridge College 2018
- BZEE Certificate Standards
- Theory and practical experience in wind turbine maintenance and operations in mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems
First Period Electrical, 2016
- Theory and practical experience in installation and troubleshooting of electrical systems
- Measuring instruments use for voltage, ohms and amps
3x Platform training GE Learning Centre, 2020
- Operation of wind turbine systems and components
- Reading and understanding wind turbine schematics
- Practical experience in wind turbine maintenance
- Conducting LOTO on electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems
- Overview of how the converter system works and the safety required to work in the converter cabinets
IRATA Level 1 Rope Access training course
Pacific Ropes Canada, Vancouver British Columbia May 2022
- Work with instructors to perform rope maneuvers and rescues
- Learn how to tie various knots for various situations and to ensure the right knot is used for the right situation to prevent any dropped objects
- Learn how to build pulley systems to provide a mechanical advantage for lifting heavy objects, including using the proper knot for the task
- IRATA Level 1 Rope Access
- Wind Turbine Fall Arrest / High Angle Rescue
- Standard First Aid & CPR
- Confined Space Entry
- Forklift Operator and Safety
- GWO Working at Heights and Rescue
- GWO First Aid
- GWO Fire Awareness and Material Handling
- Osha 10
- Shermco Electrical Training for Padmount Transformers to ensure de-energization for down tower maintenance
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods
- Grounds Disturbance
- H2S Alive
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