Energy Trends and Workforce Opportunities Report


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Strong growth in the global demand for electric power is projected for the next half-century and beyond. This growth will provide great opportunities for Western Pennsylvania (WPA) companies that are leaders in the chain of industries that generate, transmit and distribute electric power. While great opportunities await these companies, they are all preparing for the impact of workforce and technology development neglect that was dominant in their industries in the 1980s and 1990s. Representatives of these industries have indicated that up to half of their engineering workforce will be eligible for retirement within the next decade.

Don Shields, Executive Director for Center for Energy, Director of Corporate Relations, Co-Director of Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence, University of Pittsburgh (moderator)
Laura S. Fisher, Senior Vice President, Workplace and Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Kate Jackson, CTO, Westinghouse
James McCaffrey, Senior VP, CONSOL Energy

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  • Student interest and participation have far exceeded our participation. Numbers for the 3 programs are provided – both undergraduate and graduate (predominantly professional masters students)The term “enrollment” refers to each enrollment in one of the courses. For example, if a student were to take 2 nuclear courses during the year, that would count as 2 “enrollments”Not all students take all of the courses required to get the certificate. Many only take the intro courses, and find that very helpful to them.The last column – Certificates awarded --- are the individual students who have progressed through the whole program and were awarded a certificate.
  • Energy Trends and Workforce Opportunities Report

    1. 1. #UEDASummit
    2. 2. ENERGY Rising to the Challenge Positioning our Region for the Future
    3. 3. Pitt Center for Energy Workforce Development Initiative  Panelists:  Don Shields, Exec. Director, Pitt Center for Energy  Kate Jackson, CTO, Westinghouse  Jim McCaffrey, Sr. VP, CONSOL Energy  Laura Fisher, Sr. VP, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
    4. 4. Pittsburgh as an Energy Capital
    5. 5. Pitt’s Mission for Energy  Leader in Education  Pioneer in Research  Workforce Development  Certificate Programs   Technology Development and Commercialization Distance Learning  Partner in Regional Development  Developing the Regional Energy Economy
    6. 6. Increasing Energy Demand Primary energy use by fuel, 1980-2035 (quadrillion Btu). SOURCE: EIA (2012).
    7. 7. Energy Workforce Pipeline Challenge (Reder, 2006)
    8. 8. What Happened? 1980s & 1990s – National Lull in Energy Education and Research
    9. 9. Studies – Wanda Reder (IEEE) 2009 2006
    10. 10. Studies Workforce Analysis Report: Energy Sector Jobs in Greater Pittsburgh EXECUTIVE SUMMARY REPORT August 30, 2012
    11. 11. • Major new report from National Academies • To be published this year • Calls for actions similar to those in earlier studies
    12. 12. Energy Education  Certificate programs in Nuclear, Electric Power, Mining  Addresses industry workforce development needs  Worked with industry to develop curriculum  Taps extensive pool of regional energy experts as adjunct professors  Undergraduate and graduate certificate  Very popular with students and regional professionals  Distance learning (graduate courses)
    13. 13. Energy Education – Champions
    14. 14. Nuclear Engineering  Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering  Nuclear Materials  Heat Transfer & Fluid Flow In Nuclear Plants  Mathematical Modeling of Nuclear Plants  Nuclear Core Dynamics  Nuclear Plant Dynamics and Control  Integration of Nuclear Plant  Systems with the Reactor Core Case Studies in Nuclear Codes and Standards  Nuclear Operations Safety  Integrated Nuclear Power Plant Operations Environmental Issues and Solutions for Nuclear Power  Full MS degree in Nuclear available (course only and thesis options)
    15. 15. Electric Power  Power System Engineering and Analysis  Power System Transients  Power Electronics Circuits & Applications  Linear Control Systems Theory  Special Topics: Renewable & Alternative Energy Systems  Special Topics: Smart Grid Technologies and Applications  Special Topics: Advanced Power Electronics: FACTS & HVDC Technologies
    16. 16. Mining Engineering  Introduction to Mining Engineering  Sustainable Development and the Minerals Industry  Minerals Industry Risk Management  Environmental Controls in Mining  Mine Ventilation Engineering  Strata Control Engineering  Mining Health and Safety  Mine Evaluation and Management
    17. 17. Energy Education Program Level 2012-2013 Enrollment Total Program Enrollment Total Certificates Awarded Nuclear Undergraduate 275 1,461 278 Graduate 136 801 66 Undergraduate 383 1071 77 Graduate 172 276 7 Undergraduate 88 332 19 Graduate 37 150 8 Program established in 2007 Electric Power Program established in 2009 Mining Program established in 2007
    18. 18. Future Plans Leverage distance learning capabilities Natural Gas Safety Engineering China
    19. 19. ENERGY Rising to the Challenge Positioning our Region for the Future
    20. 20. Westinghouse Non-Proprietary Class 3 © 2013 Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All Rights Reserved. Pitt Center for Energy Workforce Development Initiative 2013 Summit - University Economic Development Association Kate Jackson, PhD Chief Technology Officer Westinghouse Electric Company Oct. 29, 2013 21
    21. 21. Westinghouse Non-Proprietary Class 3 © 2013 Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All Rights Reserved. Nuclear Energy Workforce Demand • Impacted by global growth of energy needs, retirementeligibility and competing industries • Wide range of engineering and technical fields • 100,000 high-paying jobs exist • 20,000 needed to fill these jobs Clear need for highly skilled workforce. 22
    22. 22. Westinghouse Non-Proprietary Class 3 © 2013 Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All Rights Reserved. Westinghouse seeks … • Candidates driven by excellence and innovation, who offer technical education with real-world experiences • Development and hiring of industry-aware engineers • Partnerships, such as Pitt’s nuclear certificate program Our technology leadership depends upon continued workforce development . 23
    23. 23. Westinghouse Non-Proprietary Class 3 © 2013 Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All Rights Reserved. Westinghouse Growth Opportunities • History of hiring interns, college graduates • Work in plants, headquarters and global offices • Career paths: technical, business, manufacturing, and project leadership Many ways to be a part of Westinghouse’s rich heritage of technical innovation. 24
    24. 24. Westinghouse Non-Proprietary Class 3 © 2013 Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. All Rights Reserved. Continued Workforce Awareness • The demand is real. • The results are positive. • Together, we must continue to strive toward meeting our region’s energy workforce challenges. Proud partner with Pitt Center for Energy Workforce Development Initiative. 25