NTNU offers new introductory course in offshore wind


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Employees in the oil and gas industry have much of what it takes to build up the offshore wind industry in the coming decades. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology now offers an introductory course in offshore wind for oil and gas workers.

This new course is funded by the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HKDir).

- Offshore wind is an enormous opportunity. In a long-term perspective, this industry will be much bigger than oil for Norway, believes Professor Trond Kvamsdal. He is the coordinator of the new course series on offshore wind at NTNU.

This course in offshore wind is tailored for employees in the oil and gas industry. It has been developed in collaboration with various companies and employee organisations. Members of Norwegian Offshore Wind have contributed, and the administration was involved in an early phase.

Breadth in topics

To participate, you must have a relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent competence.

- The breadth of lecturers represents the very best we have in terms of expertise, says Trond Kvamsdal, who is responsible for the new course

The course consists of five parts. Everyone receives a common introduction worth 3.5 credits, then you must choose one of four specialization courses of 4 credits. These cover topics such as dynamic construction analysis, electrical infrastructure and system integration, digital solutions for operation and maintenance, and sustainable development.

Course responsible Trond Kvamsdal.

In total, the course you take will be worth 7.5 credits, which corresponds to ¼ study load in one semester. 

The introductory course will consist of some physical teaching, while the rest will take place digitally.

A great initiative

Innovation Manager of Norwegian Offshore Wind Christopher Harman is happy that this course has become a reality.

-To achieve the ambitious goals for offshore wind in Norway, competence is key. We know from several reports that the industry needs qualified personnel and building on the skills from oil and gas is an important step, says Harman.

In 2023, Norwegian Offshore Wind will work more closely with academia to get more initiatives up and running.

-There are already several good initiatives to build on, both towards higher education and upper secondary level. The rapid development of the market dictates that we respond quickly and the industry is ready to contribute, says Harman.

Innovation manager in Norwegian Offshore Wind, Christopher Harman.

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