Filling the power engineering skills gap

During the next decade, about half of power engineers in the United States are expected to retire

ieeeSeveral fund programs help educate the next generation of engineers. For instance:

  • The multimillion-dollar IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Scholarship Plus Initiative encourages undergrads to pursue careers in power engineering by awarding them scholarships and providing career experiences as undergraduates.

More on IEEE publication.

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One Response to Filling the power engineering skills gap

  1. Rob Murphy says:

    We have exactly the same problem here in the UK (and probably in every other “developed” country) – a double-whammy of increases in infrastructure renewal and expansion at the same time as a significant proportion of the workforce is about to retire!

    I’m Head of Research at Energy & Utility Skills and we have developed a Workforce Planning Model which helps companies to estimate the number of workers they will need to recruit, in what job role and by when, and then create a recruitment plan to meet those needs. EU Skills can then aggregate this company-level demand into an industry-wide picture and use it to influence the supply of skills into the industry.

    We are doing this exercise with the UK’s power transmission and distribution companies at the moment.

    One point to note – in the coming decade replacement demand (caused by retirements and people otherwise leaving the industry) will dwarf expansion demand.

    More info at

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