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Energy Systems Technician

EITC launched a new Energy Systems Technology program for the 2010 Fall semester. Classes include, Electronics Theory and hands-on lab, Applied Mathematics and a chosen general education course.

The College provides the first year of this two year program here at the Idaho Falls EITC campus.  After completion of the first year, students will then be qualified to enter the second year program at Idaho State University. The lab facilities for the second year at ISU are second to none in the country. Students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in many facets of the energy world. Coupled with their first year experience here at EITC, the student will be prepared to enter into the energy solutions workplace.

By choosing Energy Systems Technology means you will take the first step towards an exciting career in the energy industry with challenging hands-on work and earnings ranging from $50,000 to $75,000 or more per year right out of school. Demand for trained energy systems maintenance technicians with mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation and control skills is increasing dramatically as existing employees retire. This growing need for technicians has been well documented in workforce studies conducted by the U. S. Department of Labor, American Public Power Association, Nuclear Energy Institute and others.

There are many varied careers in the energy sector. Careers with utilities and other power generating corporations (such as Idaho Power, PacifiCorp, Entergy and Rocky Mountain Power), the INL or other federal contractors, power plant constructors (like URS) or equipment suppliers (such as Siemens) are typical places to work with this type of education. Jobs are available throughout Idaho, the region, and the United States. Career choices in the energy arena will help insure that your position will not be outsourced.

Employment Financial Assistance

The U.S. energy industry is designated by the Department of Labor as a high growth/high demand industry. New generating and distribution capacity is being planned and/or built including fossil, nuclear and renewable energy sources. Both existing and new facilities will require the integration of advanced devices and technologies to monitor, condition, and transmit electricity. In addition to industry growth, retiring workers are not being replaced as quickly as they are leaving. This results in a growing need for technicians to construct, install, maintain, calibrate, troubleshoot, and repair energy related components, systems, and facilities.

This program was made possible by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, a Green Capacity Building Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

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