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By Linnie Supall
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — As the demand for engineers continues to soar, Indian River State College in Fort Pierce is partnering with power utility companies to train students about the fast-changing technology in the industry.
Indian River State College established a nuclear curriculum in response to the immediate need of Florida Power & Light to replace retiring workers, update skills of the existing workforce and create a career ladder for incumbent workers and additional opportunities for professional development and advancement.
The Electrical Power Technology program has the following options: instrumentation and control and electrical specialization, mechanical and radiation protection.
An FPL contractor, BHI Energy has employed Indian River State College students from each graduating class of the Electrical Power Technology group over the last two years.
BHI Energy often conducts interviews before students graduate from the Electrical Power Technology program.
The full-time design engineers within the BHI Energy distribution department improve FPL’s physical power line distribution system by planning for pole replacements, shortening the span between poles and taking power lines underground.