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 Utility Preview gives hands-on intro to Electrical Power, Gas Utility


 Casey Fryda


Public invited to explore, try out
energy careers Oct. 10 at NWTC

Power industries expect mass retirements, many job opportunities

GREEN BAY – Individuals considering a new career can learn about the energy industry and “try out” some of the skills involved next week

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will offer Utility Preview Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the NWTC-Green Bay campus. The day is designed to help potential students and new program applicants decide whether a power distribution career is a good fit—and if so, which career path is best. Participants may attend one or both sessions.

Electrical Power Distribution (Morning Session)

Electrical Power Distribution prepares students to install, maintain, and operate systems to supply electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, and joint gas and electric underground generation facilities.

Class No. 87974

Time: 8:00 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, Oct. 10

Gas Utility Construction and Service (Afternoon Session)

Gas Utility Construction and Service prepares students to install, maintain, and operate natural and propane gas distribution systems used to supply residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

Class No. 87975

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10

Location for both events:

NWTC-Green Bay, Building & Construction Trades Center, Room BC108

Cost: Free.


Call (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-NWTC or visit

Participants are expected to dress for the weather and bring work gloves and boots. The College will provide hard hats and safety glasses. Lunch will be provided. Parents and family are welcome.

Local and national surveys of power companies show that employers are facing the retirement of one-third to one-half of their workforce within the next five years. They expect the industry to provide abundant career opportunities—generally year-round, long-term, full time jobs with competitive salaries and benefits.

The supply of technicians, however, is not expected to keep up with demand. Employers from throughout the United States are recruiting NWTC’s Electrical Power and Gas Utility students before they graduate. Shortly after graduation in 2011, about 95 percent of graduates of the two programs were already employed. Average starting salaries were approximately $39,000 to $46,000.