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Careers in Motion — Energy
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        Why Choose energy?

                                                                                critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.   civil,  mechanical,  and  electrical  –  and  this
                                                                                This is not the case. Skilled-trade profession-  need is growing.
                                                                                als and the work they do is fueled by hands-on   Those considering an engineering path in
                                                                                work that is challenging, both physically and   the industry will need to earn an engineering
                                                                                mentally. There is a shortage of these workers   degree. Students may find it helpful to intern in
                                                                                throughout the country in many fields, includ-  an energy company. during their college career
                                                                                ing in the energy industry. For years, society   to help determine where their skills and inter-
                                                                                has  encouraged  all  students  to  pursue  colle-  ests will be the best fit.
                                                                                giate education and as a result, we now find
                                                                                ourselves with a gap between the supply and   Business Careers
                                                                                demand of craft workers.
                                                                                   While  some  apprenticeships  may  be   Those  interested  in  business  careers
                                                                                available  to  students  right  after  high  school,   – accounting, human Resources, legal, Infor-
                                                                                many will require the ability to earn a Com-  mation Technology, marketing, public policy,
                                                                                mercial Driver’s License and/or operate heavy   and others – will find there are many paths
                                                                                equipment,  conditions  that  often  necessitate   to success in the energy industry. Some pro-
                                                                                candidates be at least 21 years of age.  fessionals  find  their  way  through  a  career
                                                                                   There industry offers tremendous oppor-  change, starting in another industry and trans-
                                                                                tunity  for  advancement  within  skilled  trade   ferring  their  skills  to  an  energy  employer.
                                                                                positions.                          Others find employment in entry-level roles
                                                                                                                    after high school, while other positions will
            For most people, jobs in the energy indus-  Entry Level Non-Skilled Posi-  engineering roles            require  additional  education,  depending  on
        try  become  careers.  Those  careers  become                                                               the position.  It is also common in the energy
        professions of passion. Project teams become   tions                       Engineers  are  integral  to  the  energy   industry to see business professionals “climb
        family. For some, those are reasons enough to   For  those  without  relevant  experience   industry. These technical thinkers are respon-  the  ladder  of  success”  into  operational  and
        consider an energy career. For those who need   looking for the proverbial “foot in the door   sible for planning for the future of our nation’s   leadership roles.
        more  convincing,  consider  the  energy  sector   opportunity” in a labor, construction, heavy   power delivery and today’s challenges related   Article  courtesy  of  Center  for  Energy
        has careers that fulfill a variety of professional   equipment,  or  related  role,  neither  experi-  to replacing aging infrastructure and support-  Workforce Development, Get Into Energy
        interests.                          ence nor a college degree is required. These   ing clean-energy advancements. The industry
            Want  to  work  outside  with  your  hands   entry-level,  non-skilled  positions  offer   needs engineers of all disciplines – chemical,
        in a skilled trade position – fixing, building,   employment for those who want to develop
        or repairing things? Check! We’ve got lots of   useful  competencies  that  can  help  acceler-
        those opportunities. Drawn to the environment   ate  future  career  opportunities.  Safety  and
        and opportunities to impact its future? Another   skill-based  training  is  provided  on  the  job
        check. What about finding solutions for things   by  experienced  leaders  and  skilled  profes-  ENERGY ACROSS WISCONSIN
        that  don’t  even  exist  yet,  solving  some  of   sionals. Those  entering  these  positions  are
        the  industry’s  most  complex  challenges? We   selected for their willingness to work hard,   safe, sustainable, reliable
        certainly  have  you  covered  there!  Technical   often  in  challenging  environments,  eager-
        positions? Business operations? Entrepreneur-  ness to learn, and ability to work as part of
        ial  challenges?  An  industry  that  supports   a  team.  There  are  generally  no  education
        diverse,  equitable,  and  inclusive  work  envi-  requirements for these positions, beyond a
        ronments? Check. Check. Check. Check. Oh,   high school degree or GED.
        and did we mention, the industry pays well?   Employees who succeed in these roles are
        Really well.                        often  candidates  for  apprenticeship  positions
                                            for skilled trade jobs.
        getting Started: education
        ideas to launch an energy           Skilled-trade Jobs
        Career                                  Skilled trade employees, as their position
                                            title implies, are those who have mastered the
            With so many different jobs in the energy   responsibilities of their craft. They have devel-
        industry, it can be tough to navigate where and   oped a special skill set that demands particular
        how to start your career journey. Students and   knowledge and abilities. In the energy indus-
        career  explorers  often  ask  how  they  should   try, most skilled tradesmen and women perfect
        prepare themselves. More specifically, they are   their  skills  over  several  years,  generally  two
        curious about college requirements, opportuni-  to four, but as many as six. College is not a
        ties available from local technical schools and   requirement  for  most  of  these  jobs;  instead,
        apprenticeships, and what’s possible right after   training  is  provided  through  apprenticeship.
        high school.                        Individuals also prepare for these positions at
            The  simple  answer  is  all  these  avenues   local community colleges or specialty training
        can lead to successful energy careers. Yet, they   programs. A high school diploma or GED is
        each start you in a different place. Not a right or   required.
        wrong place or a better or worse place, just a dif-  Because those who work in skilled trade
        ferent place. The industry is equally reliant on   roles  work  with  their  hands,  doing  physi-
        those with degrees and those who prefer to learn   cal  labor,  it’s  a  common  misperception  that
        through on-the-job training and experience.  strength  and  brawn  are  more  important  than
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