According to a 2010 study conducted by to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately half the work force in the electric utility sector will retire in the next 10 years. That will leave a shortage of experienced workers in every organizational facet, from linemen to power engineers. This shortage has the potential to affect energy reliability and innovation across the U.S. In addition to a shortage of skilled workers in the traditional energy sector, there is a growing need for workers in the green energy sector. As demand for energy is expected to increase, more electric generation facilities will need to be built, which will further widen the demand-supply gap.
How does the industry replace those workers and why are there shortages when wages are so competitive? Indeed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wages are typically higher for electric utility workers than in other comparative utilities.
Why Lanier Tech?
At Lanier Tech your entry into the industry starts with an Associates Degree in Electrical Utility Technology. Coursework in the Program focuses on general and specifics related to the electrical power industry including:
- AC/DC Circuits
- Distribution Engineering
- Revenue Metering
- Power Plants
- Protective Relaying
- Industrial Wiring
- Industrial Mechanics
The type of industry jobs you are training for include: Substation Technician, Apparatus Shop Technician, Transmission or Distribution Control Center Operator, Meter Technician, Junior Field Engineer, Power Plant Operator or Journeyman Electrician.
The Employers currently hiring our students include large utilities, regional electrical co-ops, utility system subcontractors and Federal system backed facilities.
This program is available at:
- Hall Campus