GE Renewable Energy to hire more than 200 employees to LM Wind Power facility
GE Renewable Energy (Cherbourg, France) announced its plan to recruit more than 200 employees at its LM Wind Power wind turbine blade manufacturing site in Cherbourg, France. The company says the new recruits will enable LM Wind Power to prepare GE’s 107-meter off-shore wind blade prototypes for commercial production.
Opened in April 2018, the Cherbourg facility became the first wind turbine blade manufacturing site in France. A year later, the site counted 120 employees, 34% of whom are women. 60 out of the additional employees were recently recruited and have begun intensive training at the factory's “Center of Excellence.”
In January 2019, the facility started the production of five 107-meter blades set to be installed on GE's Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine. GE is producing the Haliade-X's nacelles in Saint-Nazaire, France. Two blades will be shipped to testing facilities, and three will be assembled to the Haliade-X prototype site in Rotterdam.
The 107-meter-long wind turbine blade produced this year. Source | GE Renewable Energy
“This project creates enthusiasm as the factory is ramping up, and we have witnessed a significant combination of efforts as we use the expertise from our facilities worldwide to train the people in Cherbourg,” says Lukasz Cejrowski, LM 107.0 P project manager. “The teams are excited to have produced the first blade in the world longer than 100 meters. We are welcoming new people with diverse backgrounds, and at the same time, we are building a new blade of a size we have never achieved before.”
Many of the newly-recruited employees are from the Normandy area, GE says. “We are proud to take part in the region's social and economic development, and we are happy to create more jobs in the surrounding community this year,” says Erwan Le Floch, site director.
Mostly looking for production workforce, the positions are open to all profiles and backgrounds, as every new employee will be trained to manufacture wind turbine blades through LM Wind Power's “Center of Excellence” training program. Each new employee will receive a six-week theoretical and practical training course, founded on a permanent search for excellence, which will provide skilled and technical expertise. Newcomers will also be mentored by experts from the company's sites worldwide. The site will also be looking for production supervisors, quality controllers, logistic and maintenance technicians, as well as apprentices positions.
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