Where Are the Next Energy Managers?
At a recent conference focusing on industrial energy management, the high ratio of late-career energy professionals to the younger players was clearly visible, a situation that doesn’t bode well for our energy future. This gave pause for thought as to whether our schools and colleges are missing an opportunity to introduce new blood to the exciting world of energy management.
The buzz around “green energy” and “sustainability” has encouraged many schools to jump on the bandwagon and offer new courses, but these all too often focus on a limited range of technologies. It is not uncommon to find people who have enthusiastically taken a course on, for example, renewable energy technologies and then fail to find an opportunity to use their skills due to the narrowness of the programs.
At the same time, businesses, communities, and policy makers are finding it difficult to identify and hire the energy management professionals they are looking for.
For more about kind of energy professionals we need and the paths for producing them, read the full post on PlantServices.com.