Energy Careers: Evaluate Your Skills

  Florida’s residential electricity demand is one of the highest in the U.S.

Evaluate Your Skills

Lineworker: Lineworkers install and repair cables, wires and other equipment seen on electrical poles and transmission towers. It requires a High School diploma, a two-year degree is optional, and On-the-job training is required.

• Cooperative attitude, works well with others, must be able to listen and understand to meet the customer’s needs, be able to be on your feet all day, and not mind heights or working outdoors.

Plumber, Pipefitter & Steamfitter: Helps smooth the operation of both electric and gas utilities. Lay pipe for steam or gas mains, to help generate electricity.

• Be able to work by yourself with little or no supervision, be patient and be willing to continue when things go wrong, listen and understand customer needs and how to meet them, not mind working outdoors, and to get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Welder: Lay out, fit, and fabricate metal components to assemble structural forms. Use knowledge of welding techniques, metallurgy, and engineering. Install or repair equipment, like lead pipes, valves, floors, and tank linings.

• Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed. Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance, and performing routine maintenance on equipment.

Maintenance and Repair Worker: Must have the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, equipment, and the building structure in repair. Must be able to fit pipes, install equipment, weld, know carpentry and electrical knowledge, and be able to fix floors and stairs.

• Be able to determine the problem and figure out the best way to fix it, be able to understand blueprints, repair manuals, and catalogs. Do routine preventive maintenance and follow a checklist. Be able to stand for long periods of time; and be able to lift heavy objects. Work in uncomfortably hot or cold environments and in awkward and cramped positions and ladders.

Electrician: Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Must be up to date with the relevant codes. Assemble, install, test, and maintain electrical or electronic wiring and equipment.

• Be able to stand for long periods of time; and able to lift heavy objects. Follow strict safety procedures to avoid injuries. May be subjected to inclement weather conditions. Be ok with traveling long distances to job sites.

Instrumentation & Control Technician: Provides technical support and setup of instrumentation, control, and electronic activity. Help engineers develop new data acquisition hardware and systems by requesting needed revisions, construction, and performance tests.

• Must have good communication with the customer and coworker. Be organized and be able to maintain parts and equipment inventories. Write clear and coherent reports and records, and follow regulations. Is required to have CA Drivers license.

Power Plant Operator: Makes sure customers have enough electricity or gas to meet their daily needs. They operate and control the machines that generate power.

• Concentrate on doing one thing for a long period of time without being distracted, be able to be on your feet for long periods of time, and be able to work under noisy conditions even with hearing protection.

Nuclear Engineer: Design and oversee the construction and operation of nuclear reactors and the power plant. They monitor what happens in a nuclear facility to ensure all safety rules and laws are followed. Perform experiments to provide information about how to use and dispose of nuclear material.

• Communicate information so others will understand, plan and prioritize your work, keep up to date with technology, and strive to make things work more efficiently and effectively.

Civil Engineer: Engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities such as pipeline and power plants. Inspect project sites to check on progress and make sure workers are following design specifications and safety standards.

• Communicate information so others will understand, plan and prioritize your work, keep up to date with technology, and strive to make things work more efficiently and effectively.

Engineering jobs require a four year Bachelor’s degree.