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Maritime maintenance: Wind farms

Do you want to specialize in a future-proof field and keep hundreds of offshore wind turbines generating sustainable energy? Follow this minor to learn all about maintenance of offshore wind farms!

Short trailer about the minor:

Hundreds of wind turbines and corresponding infrastructure will need maintenance to keep delivering electricity which requires qualified personnel. The minor “Maritime Maintenance: Wind Farms” will lay the ground work for a job in offshore maintenance. The minor contains courses such as Repair of wind turbines, Asset management, (offshore) Safety and many more. There will also be guest lectures from companies active within the offshore wind energy, interactive safety courses and company visits to get in contact with the offshore wind energy sector.
The working language is English, just like in off-shore real life.

Employment prospects good
The Dutch government recently signed the Agreement on Energy for Sustainable Growth (“ER Energie akkoord”), which means that 16% of the energy usage in the Netherlands should be produced by renewable energy compared to 5.6% nowadays. More specifically for the offshore wind energy the agreement states that by 2023 an extra 3500 MW should be produced by the offshore wind farms. This translates to 437 wind turbines that generate 8 MW or  875 of the current generation 4 MW wind turbines as used in the Gemini offshore wind farm.

The minor “Maritime Maintenance: Wind Farms” will lay the ground work for a job in the offshore maintenance. The minor contains courses such as corrosion prevention, Asset management, (offshore) Safety, maintenance engineering and many more. There will also be guest lectures from companies active within the offshore wind energy, interactive safety courses  and company visits to get in contact with the offshore wind energy sector.

Remark: The Minor will take place in Alkmaar



An introduction to (offshore) wind energy will be given.
Discussed will be the technical aspects of offshore electricity and legal and social implications.


Very important in the offshore is safety and this will be a separate course. During this course the prevention and analysis of HSE incidents will be treated, based on systems thinking and organizational culture theories. The module will be finished with the presentation of a case in which the HSE-risks of offshore operations will be treated. Examples of subjects: human factors, risk management and incident investigation.


The contents of this course will focus on the basic design rules/workings for wind turbines, mainly focusing on the parts that require the most maintenance (i.e. all the moving parts). Materials such as composites will be covered, we each make, break and repair a blade.


In this module the focus will be on the theory behind maintenance. This will be shown using theoretical lectures, but also using practical exercises. One of these exercises is ‘serious’ gaming where a specially developed game will be used to experiment with maintenance strategies of offshore wind farms. Subjects treated during the module: Maintenance strategies, condition monitoring, failure behavior, etc.

Asset management control

The module asset management control is about managing the wind farms: effective and efficient asset management is essential for maintaining grid reliability and being a successful network operator. The goal of good asset management is to: Maximize energy production, Minimize downtime and Reduce lifecycle operations and maintenance costs. Subjects treated during the module: System engineering & modeling, risk management and control, Continuous improvement


Corrosion and corrosion prevention in metals and plastics. Theoretical lectures and practical assignments. Subjects that will be treated during the module: theory behind corrosion, corrosion of steel and practical examples, corrosion prevention, etc.

Big data

Big data in information technology is a new technology that deals with huge quantities of data, such as generated by modern offshore wind farms. This data is so big and complex that it cannot be processed or analyzed using traditional database, software tools and processors.
Big Data allows executives to extract extra value from analyzing major quantities of data. This course will give a basic understanding of Big Data. This will include technical details, but also economic and business implications and how Big Data can affect business decisions.

Projects and practical sessions

The minor will contain two projects where you will work on different actual problems encountered by companies in the offshore wind energy.
Also practical sessions, such as safety training (industrial climbing, firefighting and sea survival), will be part of the program.

Guest lectures and company visits

An important part of the minor are guest lectures. They will be given by different companies.
You will not only learn from these companies but also meet professionals who can help your network.



  • To obtain knowledge of the technological and management aspects of maintenance for offshore wind farms
  • To be prepared for a graduation project at an offshore wind energy company
  • To gain insight in the different companies within the offshore wind farm maintenance field


You can enroll for this course when you fulfill the following requirements:

  • You are a third or fourth year HBO-student
  • You have a feeling for safety and a hands-on mentality
  • You have affinity with (offshore) wind energy
  • You are currently following a technical HBO-study (such as Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, TBK, etc.)

If you feel you don’t fulfill all the requirements, but still want to follow this minor don’t hesitate to contact us to see if we can make it work.


The theoretical part will be assessed by written exams, assignments and presentations where the acquired knowledge should be combined, applied and demonstrated.
The projects will be evaluated based on the project plan, progress reports, final presentation and final report. Most exams will also be in English.


Main location is Den Helder, a vibrant naval town where the heart of the Dutch offshore wind industry is located.

Most lectures will be given on the Inholland campus in Alkmaar.
Most practical sessions are held in Den Helder.