The utility industry is losing about half of its employees – engineers, lineworkers and non-technical staff– to retirement over the next decade. In their place we’ll be bringing in folks just entering the workforce from high school and college as well as professionals, engineers and other technologists, from other industries.
Utilities have traditionally trained their own field personnel but when it came to transmission and distribution we’ve looked to power programs in universities to provide a core of solid physics, math and applied engineering that are required to design and operate increasingly complex energy delivery systems.
However, even though they are beginning to ramp up again, few universities offer adequate power courses. Instead, information technology and emphasis on software has become the core of many electrical engineering curricula.
Is that becoming an issue for your company?