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Putting Veterans To Work In The Power Industry — Celebrating Successes — Part 3 of 3

Putting Veterans To Work In The Power Industry — Celebrating Successes — Part 3 of 3

As our American Veterans return home and finish their military careers, they find it difficult to reintegrate with the corporate culture that continued when they were in service. This is why we want to highlight three amazing partnerships that have created an avenue for these veterans to excel in their next career. Part 3 of 3 Celebrating Successes stories takes us to North Carolina to highlight Siemens Energy and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC.) Siemens Energy and CPCC have been key stakeholders in the city’s Apprenticeship Charlotte program since its inception, showcasing us an outstanding example of an industry sector partnership with an educational institution. Apprenticeship Charlotte aims to build a pipeline of qualified employees by combining classroom and workplace learning. The program is unique not only because the apprentices are paid by Siemens while they are at work, but they are also paid to attend class and reimbursed for tuition and book...

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Women In Power

Women In Power

PG&E Veteran Paves Way for Today’s Female Utility Workers By David Kligman SAN FRANCISCO — PG&E recently began its first PowerPathway course aimed at getting more women in the utility business. At one of the recruiting sessions, young women hoping for a spot in the class heard from a woman who knows firsthand what it’s like to restore electricity to customers. As part of the utility’s support of Women’s History Month, Currents spoke with 28-year PG&E veteran Lauri Jones to find out how she got her start in a male-dominated field and advice she’d give women who want a career in the gas and electric business. Jones was just out of college (she attended Arizona State on a javelin scholarship) looking for a job in 1985 when she filled out an application through a then-program called Fair Start. She admits she knew nothing about utility work. In fact, when a foreman first asked her if she’d like to be a lineman, she responded, “Like football?” She wasn’t kidding. But she worked hard, succeeded and eventually was doing the same tasks required of any line worker — digging holes, setting power poles and stringing wire. Currents: What about your experience helped you? Jones: My sports background really helped me know how to work together for a common goal. I really was just looking to get a job with a company that would train me to do a job while I was doing the job. How did you get your first job? I received a call three or four months after I put the application in and they asked me to come in. They took one look at me and said, “You’re big enough.” And I said, “Big enough for what?” My first interview was in Salinas and I was then asked to come to San Francisco for the welcoming into the Fair Start program. The program lasted one month in Kettleman City [then the Lineman/Gas School] doing physical training, climbing, digging and the kinds of work you’d find in the gas and electric departments. If you made it through the program and met the criteria you were offered a position. My openings were in Salinas and I was asked if I wanted to work in gas or electric. I chose electric. Did you work with other women or were you only working with men? I was actually one of three...

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New Available Position! Sr. Project Manager Right of Way Acquisitions Agent NY NJ NE

New Available Position! Sr. Project Manager Right of Way Acquisitions Agent NY NJ NE

Click Here to View Position Description Executive Profile: Senior Project Manager – NY The Sr. Project Manager works and directs the work of Acquisition / Relocation Agents to complete all tasks associated with the negotiation and acquisition of right of way, easements, relocations and agreements. Partner with clients in meeting right of way (ROW) acquisitions and relocation (Relo) project schedules; ensure all right of way activities are in compliance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970 (Uniform Act). Agents may act as a specialist in in one or all the areas of Relocation, Acquisition, Title or Property Management. This Position is for a Field based experienced pro, reporting to the Project Manager, Staten Island, Long Island & NY. Location: The NY/NJ Regional Office of ORC has a contract to provide Relocation Services to NY Rising dealing with relocations related to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy of March 2013. This role is a key player in that project. ORC has over 20 locations across North America. Charlotte, NC is the home for ORC’s corporate services Division including Accounting, Finance and Human Resources. Experience: 3 – 5+ years of public agency ROW and Relo experience in complex settings Education: Bachelor’s Degree preferred – equivalent work or military service may substitute Responsibilities: 1. Customer Service: Initiates initial property owner contact, builds relationships and partners with clients and vendors with tact and discretion leading to owner contract. 2. Administrative: Must be knowledgeable and proficient in analyzing appraisals, identifying key information about parcels and able to communicate such effectively to property owners. Possess strong written and oral communication skills, demonstrates experience at all levels within an organization when creating parcel plan letters, contracts and other legal instruments. Models strong customer service orientation. Possess the ability to manage administrative projects involving financials, files, vendor management and internal & external scheduling. Develops valid client and project files with integrity that complies with URA and ORC guidelines. 3. Regulations / Codes: Maintain right of way knowledge by remaining aware of new regulations, code and law changes as it relates to area of expertise. Must be knowledgeable in reading and interpreting highway Right of Way and construction plans with ease. Should be experienced, comfortable and capable of mentoring others. RELOCATION COMPETENCIES Ѳ Demonstrate applied knowledge of state/federal rules, regulations and codes related to Uniform Relocation. Act of 1970 (49 CFR Part 24); field...

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Putting Veterans To Work In The Power Industry — Celebrating Successes — Part 2 of 3

Putting Veterans To Work In The Power Industry — Celebrating Successes — Part 2 of 3

As our American Veterans return home and finish their military careers, they find it difficult to reintegrate with the corporate culture that continued when they were in service. This is why we want to highlight three amazing partnerships that have created an avenue for these veterans to excel in their next career. Part 2 of 3 Celebrating Successes stories takes us to Virginia and Washington DC to highlight Dominion Resources and the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD.) Dominion Resources’ involvement with CEWD’s program titled Troops to Energy Jobs is an outstanding example of an investor-owned utility’s partnership with a non-profit organization. Troops to Energy Jobs began as a pilot program in September 2011 and launched nationally in June 2013. Dominion has hired more than 270 military veterans since its inception, translating to nearly one of every four Dominion hires since the program began is a veteran. This is a 10% increase compared to the percentage of veterans hired prior to the inception of the program. Dominion has gone above and beyond their call and created a specific Military & Veteran Career Page on their website which can be found here – https://www.dom.com/careers/military-and-veterans.jsp. Addressing the future workforce demands of the energy industry, the Troops to Energy Jobs initiative is designed to increase the avenues through which veterans with valuable job skills can transition into energy jobs that call for those skills, or to begin the process of training and certification that would qualify them for those jobs. The effort focuses on the needs of three stakeholder groups – veterans, educators, and employers – and how these groups may work together to get veterans trained, certified and ready to enter the energy workforce after they’ve departed the military. Key stakeholders include the U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor, Veteran Affairs, and Energy and their state and local agencies, as well as community colleges and labor unions creating a unique partnership between the U.S. military and the energy...

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Your Skills Are Needed!

Your Skills Are Needed!

Guest Post by PReP Intl Consultant Finding myself unemployed after 30 years in the electrical utility business as a System Operator and not yet quite ready to retire, I met Matt Sadinsky and PReP Intl via a social media site. Matt encouraged me to consider temporary contract employment with a large utility in the south as a means to acquire new skills, contacts and help his client manage a set of large changes and challenges. Being from the West Coast, I was initially hesitant to make such a commitment. I was concerned about what being an independent consultant means after a career/lifetime as an employee and was unsure if this would work out. After a few sleepless nights, I agreed to take on the challenge. Matt guided me through the pre-employment processing in days, and setup a meeting with the company. In a few weeks, I signed a 3 month contract with an option for an additional 3 months. I worked in two locations as an operator, managing various duties, using my knowledge of operations and history of experiences across operations on desks and in an area of the country that was brand new. During these six months, I learned how to be an even more effective operator and found my opinions and experience were quite valuable, appreciated and needed. I helped the operations teams at this major utility transition through a complex time, assuring reliability and compliance while mentoring some newer operators and making new life long associates and friends. Matt is very thorough and knowledgeable when it comes to system operations and the operator’s job. He really understands the unique aspects of the position. Additionally, he knows the recruiting and human resource aspects of the industry and has the personal contacts to get your foot in the door. PReP Intl is like having your own professional agency when it comes to landing a System Operator position. After completing my 6 month engagement with the company, I was able to parley my experience and contacts into several job interviews and job offers. I owe a great deal of this success to Matt, and the PReP Intl organization for affording me the opportunity to get right back into the game. I am now in a much better position to call the shots when it comes to my career options and...

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Putting Veterans To Work In The Power Industry — Celebrating Successes — Part 1 of 3

Putting Veterans To Work In The Power Industry — Celebrating Successes — Part 1 of 3

As our American Veterans return home and finish their military careers, they find it difficult to reintegrate with the corporate culture that continued when they were in service. This is why we want to highlight three amazing partnerships that have created an avenue for these veterans to excel in their next career. Part 1 of 3 Celebrating Successes stories takes us to Ohio and Washington state to American Electric Power and Incremental Systems Corp. AEP’s Sr. VP for Transmission Strategy and Business Operations Scott Smith recently wrote an article about how he has experienced the power of putting a Veteran to work in his company in Intelligent Utility. “Through this collaboration, we are determined to help provide veterans across our nation a roadmap to employment. By hiring veterans, we are ensuring that we have the skilled workforce needed to continue generating and delivering reliable electricity that is essential to American homes, businesses and national security. In turn, we’re honoring the veterans who have fought so hard to protect our freedoms by helping them secure the economic prosperity they deserve.” Through leaders like Smith, American Electric Power saw the value in partnering with Incremental Systems Corp. to make Power4Vets come alive. It is an outstanding example of an investor-owned utility partnership with a small business. Power4Vets is a workforce development training program that prepares military veterans to become NERC Certified Power System Operators through simulation training and focused studies. Power4Vets provides coaching and mentoring for job interviews, resume preparation and job placement assistance. Since its inception, 61 vets have become NERC Certified, 57 have transitioned from military to power industry careers, 36 have transferred from other jobs to power industry careers and 68 have trained for or upgraded to better jobs in the industry. Power4Vets was critical in finding Christopher Stevens his next career after the military. Christopher, a Navy Nuclear trained Second Class Petty Officer (E-5) with over 6 years of experience in the areas of submarine platform electrical distribution systems and maintenance repair of distribution equipment. He was stationed aboard the USS Albany (SSN 753), home ported out of Norfolk, VA. His journey with Power4Vets first started when he was introduced to the program during his transition assistance program (TAP) training at Naval Station, Norfolk, VA and he enrolled into the program in November of 2012. Christopher currently works for American Electric Power (AEP) in Ohio as a...

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2014 Veterans In Power – Faraday Award Winners Presented at Electric Power Conference

2014 Veterans In Power – Faraday Award Winners Presented at Electric Power Conference

Access Intelligence and PReP Intl were proud to present the winners of the first Faraday Awards at the 2014 ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 1st. As part of the Veterans in Power (VIP) Initiative, the Awards recognize outstanding efforts in the electric power sector to recruit, onboard, train, retain and mentor veterans who are returning to civilian careers after serving their country in the armed forces. The 2014 Faraday Award recipients are: • American Electric Power and Incremental Systems Corp. for their Power4Vets program, an outstanding example of an investor-owned utility partnership with a small business. Power4Vets is a workforce development training program that prepares military veterans to become NERC Certified Power System Operators through simulation training and focused studies. It also provides coaching and mentoring for job interviews, resume preparation, and job placement assistance. Since its inception, 61 vets have become NERC Certified, 57 have transitioned from military to power industry careers, 36 have transferred from other jobs to power industry careers and 68 vets have trained for and/or upgraded to better jobs in the industry. • Dominion Resources and the Center for Energy Workforce Development for their Troops to Energy Jobs program, an outstanding example of an investor-owned utility partnership with a non-profit organization. Troops to Energy Jobs began as a pilot program in September 2011 and launched nationally in June 2013. Dominion has hired more than 270 military veterans, meaning that nearly one of every four Dominion hires since the program began has been a veteran. • Siemens Energy and Central Piedmont Community College for their Apprenticeship Charlotte program, an outstanding example of an industry sector partnership with education. Apprenticeship Charlotte aims to build a pipeline of qualified employees by combining classroom and workplace learning. The program is unique not only because the apprentices are paid by Siemens while they are at work, but they are also paid to attend class and reimbursed for tuition and book...

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2014 ELECTRIC POWER Conference — Veterans In Power Initiative — Faraday Award Announcement

2014 ELECTRIC POWER Conference — Veterans In Power Initiative — Faraday Award Announcement

We are in a time when the power industry faces a great crisis in talent due to an aging workforce, new technologies and the slow return of the economy after a disastrous downturn. However, there is a great asset accessible to us through the thousands of veterans returning home. These veterans have rich military training that provides the essential skills needed in the power industry which are easily transferable. They also have a strong commitment to the idea of “mission” are looking to relaunch meaningful civilian careers. Electric Power’s Veterans In Power (VIP) initiative will recognize the employers who have successfully connected, employed and engaged veterans to become long-term employees in the industry. Employers have been successful through internal corporate programs as well as many public-private partnerships with other organizations, community colleges and universities. As part of the Veterans In Power initiative, ELECTRIC POWER will be announcing the recipients of the first Faraday Awards at the annual conference in April 2014. The Faraday Awards will recognize and honor the employers, programs and partnerships that have successfully focused on elevating the careers of American veterans in the energy industry. We invite organizations to share stories of success in hiring, training and retaining veterans through an online application. A distinguished review panel assembled by PReP Intl (Prequalified Ready Employees for Power International) will judge applicants’ programs from across the country to highlight the “best of the best” and recognize and celebrate their efforts at the 2014 ELECTRIC POWER conference in New Orleans. Click here for Faraday Award Application For more information, contact Lexee Zutz at Lexee.Zutz@prepintl.com or 704.752.6414. Nominations are being accepted through...

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New Available Position! SCADA Engineer in NE USA

New Available Position! SCADA Engineer in NE USA

PReP Profile: EMS – SCADA Engineer – Lead Energy Control System Analyst Compensation: $85 – $114 K + Relo + Bonus + Corp Salaried Benefits Primary technical architect and contact for specifying and leading developments associated with EMS and SCADA within secure Operations Technologies. This World Class Energy Organization has been in the middle of the largest and most technologically advanced upgrade to EMS and SCADA in North America – if not the world. They are in the midst of massive capital upgrade in systems, transmission, distribution, switchgear and need a team of EMS/SCADA Energy Control System professionals to make it work using Siemens Spectrum. Associated Degree required, Bachelors Degree preferred – Military Experience Valued. 5 years in an Energy Management System (EMS) or SCADA environment experience Experience and evidence of advanced knowledge of database development, support and programming experience with prior leadership, supervisory or project management experience. Responsible for leading and architecting advanced data base and application development for EMS and SCADA environments. Work as part of the Global Team, architects, designs, and developing EMS functions into a common, integrated solution aligned for a common Global Solution. Serves as primary lead in finding technical and application solutions that satisfies diverse Operation Centers, process owners, assures compliance and regulatory requirements and EMS technical requirements while meeting strategic Global business plans. Primary technical architect and contact for specifying and leading developments associated with EMS and SCADA within Operations Technologies. Located in Upstate NY these are key career roles with a global organization committed to excellence, reliability, security, efficiency, building and maintaining a solid employee and customer focused culture. Desired Competencies: Experience with security: Firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, continuous security monitoring, centralized log management, network switches, network routers, network design, VPN implementation, TCP/IP communication, performing information security assessments, computer forensics, anti-virus, patch evaluation, event monitoring systems and network analysis. Technical background with network functionality and tools including SSH, Traceroute, ping, understanding of DHCP, routing, VPN technologies, IP addressing, firewall concepts and architecture. the application and operating system level Extensive technical background with knowledge in technical hardware architecture, Linux/Unix/ Windows familiarity, networking and topology, understanding network and security concepts. Strong leadership and communication skills – Strong analytical, complex problem solving and successful negotiation skills.- Project management & Team leadership Strong experience in administering and developing in Windows Server environments, using visual studio, .net, data base. Experience with network configurations e.g. LAN/VLAN/WAN/IPsec/VPN tunnels/...

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Are we Profoundly Disconnected?

Are we Profoundly Disconnected?

Unfortunately we are in the midst of a new normal of unemployment in this country. There are an estimated 12 million Americans unemployed and another 12 million underemployed. However, what is rarely discussed is the skills gap causing 3 million good paying jobs to sit unfilled. One man on a mission to bring this mismatch to light is Dirty Jobs creator Mike Rowe. At this summer’s National Boy Scout Jamboree, over 45,000 boys and their leaders heard him talk about the disconnection between the careers of today plus those coming in the future and our education system that is meant to prepare them. In a time when the amount of student loan debt has never been greater and recently totaling over $1 trillion, it may be the right time to reexamine the traditional decision making process concerning career paths. Perhaps a high school student graduates and chooses a career in plumbing starts out making an annual salary of $30,000. He creates a plan and saves 10% a year. As he sees his earnings gradually rise to $70,000 over the next 10 years, his 10% savings plan adds up to $50,000 – likely well ahead of a peer who choose to become a dentist and spent those first seven years in school racking up $100,000 in debt only to figure out he doesn’t want to be a dentist. So the question now is – what are the implications for the misadvised high school and college students? How much time and money was needlessly wasted? At PReP Intl we are on own mission to help individuals who “have the right stuff” to be an integral part of the energy industry, and hopefully not after they have already racked up that $100,000 debt bill. Also check out Rowe’s Profoundly Disconnected website and help spread his mission of reconnecting education to more effective career choices. Rowe’s presentation at the National Boy Scout Jamboree may be seen in its entirety...

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