Dundar F. Kocaoglu
Management of Engineering and Technology
The aging workforce is a common theme in most large industries in America due to the ‘baby boomer’ generation retiring. However, this theme most affects the energy industry as we see an increase in demand for renewable energy that requires new knowledge of new technologies, and the need to repair an aging infrastructure while continually meeting today’s energy demands. With that said, there exist a gap of knowledge in the energy industry as the baby boomer generation quickly retires only to leave the younger generation untrained and unprepared for what lies ahead of them. A great deal of research looking at the gap in the energy workforce was conducted on a national level; however, we decided to look at what is happening on the local level. Our focus was not only on the workforce gap that exists in the local energy companies, but the gap that exists between the local university and the energy companies. From our research we have come up with a few key recommendations to address the gaps between the local energy companies and university. Our first recommendation is to develop more technical programs in universities that cater to energy jobs because there is currently a lack of programs in the local universities. Our second recommendation is to develop a local energy-training center that will cater to new people entering the energy industry. This center will also educate people who are currently working in the energy industry that need to advance their knowledge and skills of their current careers. Our last recommendation would be to market jobs more effectively. With an effective marketing plan, students in universities and people who are looking to switch careers can better understand the rewarding and competitive careers offered within the energy industry.
Brenden, Rubyna; Fedie, Ryan; Griffis, Sarah; and Perez, Jared, "Bridging the Gap in the Energy Workforce: Final Report" (2008). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 1012.