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.
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.