NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — A graduation on Thursday in New Bedford certified 12 workers through virtual reality training to work on the Bay State’s Offshore Wind Project.
The course led by VINCI Virtual Reality and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SRGE) teaches students how to install and work on wind turbines.
This is all part of the new green energy movement, and offshore winds project in Southern New England.
This is the first group of students – in the world — certified to work on the wind turbines using virtual reality training.
And it’s also the first group in the state to be approved to work on the Offshore Winds project.
“It was super cool first of all, it was one of the coolest things we’ve done, but it was cool cause we got to see where we’ll be, it’s obviously not exact but we kind of got to see what we’d be working with, the equipment we’d be using, how we’d go about putting it on,” a newly certified pile driver, Andie Flanagan said.
CEO and Founder of VINCI Virtual Reality, Eagle Wu, was happy to see it all come together.
“It’s super rewarding you know it’s something we’ve been looking forward to for two years, it’s always been in the back of our heads, the back of our minds, and it’s great to see all the students actually graduate. Not only graduate but now they’re almost there, they’re almost ready to work on these actual machines, and actually build them off of Massachusetts which is really exciting,” Wu said.
The group of newly certified workers are one step closer to working on the Offshore Winds project, which include Mayflower and Vineyard Wind, set to be completed by 2025.