Find a Career: Energy

LINEWORKERS assist with construction and maintenance activities associated with overhead and underground power distribution systems, including operating all equipment. This position works outdoors year round, in all types of weather and requires climbing tall concrete, steel, and wood structures.

ELECTRICAL/POWER ENGINEERS assure that electric energy is generated and delivered reliably and efficiently while seeking ways to have the least effect on the environment. They use their excellent math, computer and problem solving skills to seek new technologies to address the world’s energy challenges, such as the Smart Grid. Engineers are creative thinkers who turn ideas into reality!

APPRENTICE ELECTRICIANS (entry-level) test electrical systems and make sure circuits in electrical wiring and other equipment are in working order, making repairs, as necessary. They also plan the layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures, based on job specifications and codes. Education Required: High school diploma or GED. Enrolled in an apprenticeship training program.

WELDERS use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products. They monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material.

GENERATION SYSTEM OPERATORS constantly match power produced at the electric plants or purchased on the market to the load needed by the public, business and industry, while making sure all transmission systems are working at their best.

TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OPERATORS monitor high voltage electric energy flow and respond to electric system outages or problems to ensure all customers are served with reliable electric power. When severe weather strikes, they are critical in keeping power flowing to customers by routing power around trouble spots. Education Required: High school Diploma or GED and two years of electric utility industry experience.

DRAFTING TECHNICIANS are supervised by an Electrical Drafter and help to draft working drawings, wiring diagrams, wiring connection specifications or cross-sections of underground cables. They draw master sketches to scale. They also consider factors that affect the arrangement of equipment. Education Required: High school diploma or GED.

FLEET MECHANICS perform routine maintenance, repairs, light fabrication, preventive maintenance inspections, trouble-shooting and systematic problem detecting of systems (i.e. hydraulic, electronic, mechanical, A/C). Also, mechanics operate and drive heavy trucks and specialized equipment. Education Required: High school diploma or GED.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT STAFF provide assistance to a variety of energy company employees with tasks such as preparing memos and documents, proofreading, using databases, and making contact with other staff members or customers. Administrative Support Staff may also plan meetings and events by ordering food, preparing the agenda and materials, setting up the room, and sending out invitations. Education Required: High school diploma or GED.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVES confer with customers by telephone or in person to provide information about products and services, to take orders or cancel accounts, or to obtain details of complaints. They also keep records of customer interactions and transactions, recording details of inquiries, complaints, and comments, as well as actions taken. Education Required: High school diploma or GED.

ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALISTS are responsible for understanding and overseeing the environmental and regulatory activities (like the Environmental Protection Agency) with a utility’s transmission projects. This includes getting the required permits and ensuring the company gets approval from local, state and national regulatory agencies. Education Required: Bachelor’s degree.

DESIGN TECHNICIANS help to design electrical systems to meet specific customers needs. This can include work on major electrical construction projects. Design Technicians need to be able to communicate technical details to non-technical people. Education Required: High school diploma or GED.

CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIANS set up service for customer– installing, connecting, testing, and adjusting equipment. They can string line from pole to pole or they can lay underground cables. Construction Technicians also measure signal strength at utility poles, using electronic test equipment. Education Required: High school diploma or GED