Energy Production Technology
As our nation’s need for energy increases, the demand is also on the rise for highly skilled and competent workers who can help operate power generation plants safely and effectively.
The energy production industry is anticipating a large number of retirements among energy professionals. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, about 50% of the nuclear energy workforce will retire within the next ten years. Locally, that percentage is as high as 35% of the nuclear energy workforce. That translates into over 300 anticipated job openings in this region in just the next few years.
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a four percent national job growth by 2020 for nuclear power reactor operators. Michigan expects an eight percent job growth by 2018.
Lake Michigan College, in partnership with D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, and Palisades Power Plant in Covert, has developed the Energy Production Technology degree to give local residents the opportunity to prepare for one of these high-skill, high-wage careers.