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agers are ex­pected to see growth on the back of the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor – with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment spend­ing $32 mil­lion in four years on skills de­vel­op­ment. NAT­U­RAL AT­TRAC­TION: Scott Bell is a lead tech­ni­cian at the

Cap­i­tal Wind Farm near Bun­gen­dore in south­ern NSW.

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LEAD ser­vice tech­ni­cian Scott Bell, 46, sees re­new­able en­ergy as a growth in­dus­try.

He was keen to be part of the move­ment when he re­sponded to a news­pa­per job ad­ver­tise­ment.

‘‘I of­ten drove past the wind farm and thought that would be a cool place to work,’’ he says.

‘‘Af­ter spend­ing 16 years man­ag­ing a brick fac­tory, the peace and quiet of a wind farm is a nice change.

‘‘I was do­ing main­te­nance at a lo­cal re­tire­ment vil­lage – a very re­ward­ing job giv­ing to the com­mu­nity. I see the wind farm in a sim­i­lar light.’’

Bell works at Cap­i­tal Wind Farm near Bun­gen­dore in south­ern New South Wales.

He says af­ter two years, he still feels the same about climb­ing to the top of a wind tur­bine tower and look­ing out at the view.

‘‘All the guys on­site have a sim­i­lar pas­sion for the job. Com­ing from var­ied in­dus­tries as we do, that is quite re­mark­able,’’ he says.

Bell ad­vises work­ers want­ing to break into the in­dus­try to keep their eyes and op­tions open: ‘‘Don’t be­come stereo­typed into a ca­reer, as there are many chances out there.’’ An en­ergy au­di­tor analy­ses a busi­ness, or­gan­i­sa­tion or res­i­dent’s en­ergy use. The au­dit can fo­cus on electricity and gas use for a build­ing, can in­clude the use of other fu­els such as petrol or look at the ef­fi­ciency of fuel use with re­gard to in­su­la­tion in a build­ing or types of trans­porta­tion used.

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