Public tries out energy careers at NWTC

Tuesday October 11, 2016

Power industries expect mass job openings and career opportunities

Individuals considering a new career will learn about the energy industry and “try out” some of the skills involved this week. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will offer Utility Preview Day on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at the NWTC-Green Bay campus.

The day is designed to help potential students and new program applicants decide whether a power distribution career is a good fit—and if so, which career path is best:

Electrical Power Distribution prepares students to install, maintain, and operate systems to supply electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, and joint gas and electric underground generation facilities. It involves climbing power poles and working around transformers.

Gas Utility Construction and Service prepares students to install, maintain, and operate natural and propane gas distribution systems used to supply residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Students will spend significant time operating drilling and digging equipment to install and maintain pipe systems.

Gas Utility Construction Service and Electrical Power Distribution programs at Great Lakes Energy Education Center at NWTCParticipants should dress for the weather and bring work gloves and boots. The College provided hard hats, safety equipment and instruction, and all the tools students would need to get a feel for the work. Parents and family were invited to participate.

Some of the highest job demand in the US is in energy careers

Local and national surveys of power companies show that employers are facing the retirement of one-third to one-half of their workforce within the next five years. Employers offer abundant career opportunities—generally year-round, long-term, full time jobs with competitive salaries and benefits.

The supply of technicians, however, is not keeping up with demand. Employers from throughout the United States are recruiting NWTC’s Electrical Power and Gas Utility students before they graduate. Shortly after graduation in 2015, about 92 percent of graduates of the two programs were already employed. Average starting salaries in the fields were about $54,300-56,600. Industry representatives, current NWTC program students, and NWTC academic advisors will be available to answer career and program questions.

Great Lakes Energy Education Center: The future of utility training in the Midwest

Starting in spring 2017, NWTC will build a state-of-the-art facility for the Great Lakes Energy Education Center on the NWTC-Green Bay Campus. Program offerings will include traditional utility careers, renewable energy, and resource management programs.

Energy Education and Training Information for the Midwest

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