Keith Gulley, Talent Acquisition Manger, Seattle City Light (SCL) joined the Center’s advisory board in October. Seattle City Light, which is one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities, generates 90% of Seattle’s electricity from hydropower and has a workforce of 1,800 employees. Internships/Apprenticeships – another way SCL supports green power. Internship applications are accepted through Feb. 17, 2015. SCL supports part-time year-long and full-time summer internships, which are typically hired in April through June. Positions occur in all departments in Seattle and two generation facilities (Skagit and Boundary hydroelectric projects). Apprenticeships are announced on SCL’s job board. Positions may include cablesplicer, hydroelectric maintenance machinist, electrician constructor, generation electrician constructor, meter electrician, and pre-apprentice lineworker. Pay starts around $21-$28 an hour, depending on the position, and progresses to $24-$43 an hour by the end of training. Pam Grindstaff, Director of Workforce Programs, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn). PacMtn programs provide information and guidance for those who are looking for work or training and to be successfully employed in “living wage jobs.” PacMtn’s region includes Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. Education partner Lauren Hadley, Program Administrator and Project coordinator of BAS-Sustainable Building Science Technology, a 90-credit degree program that offers a pathway to becoming a skilled building science professional, at South Seattle College.
The renewable energy industry globally, nationally, and in Washington State is in the midst of tremendous change. Significant growth in the renewable energy sector has occurred in recent years, and forecasts show that this trend is likely to continue. Forty-eight percent of planned generating capacity additions in Washington through 2011 are renewables.
Washington is on the leading edge of new developments in renewable energy, and the state is well positioned to accelerate the shift toward a clean energy economy to support state environmental and economic goals. But future growth in renewables will also depend on our ability to supply a well-qualified workforce to design, build, operate and maintain renewable energy plants and equipment.