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Power Grid Engineering Adds New Ground Service Capabilities 

LAKE MARY, Fla (Aug. 2, 2017) Power Grid Engineering (PGE) has recently purchased Current, Distribution, Electromagnetic Fields, Ground and Soil Structure Analysis (CDEGS) software to increase accuracy and safety for clients and consumers.

“The software gives us, our client, and our customers several benefits,” says Benjamin Gibson, Team Lead Substation Engineer. “This acquisition allows us to provide greater accuracy when designing substations ground grids. The more accurate we are the safer the substations are and the less it costs at every phase of implementation and operation.”

CDEGS allows substation designers to evaluate the ground and soil under Substation structures with more confidence. The software can analyze problems in the soil to ensure adequate grounding is provided to protect equipment and personnel. Many companies in the industry do not utilize the software. By adding this capability PGE can complete turnkey projects—like new Substation designs from inception—entirely in house.

 

 

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Power Grid Engineering Co-founder is Awarded IEEE PES PSRC Main Committee Membership

LAKE MARY, Fla (Jan. 25, 2017)  Vice President of Business Development and Co-founder of Power Grid Engineering, Andre Uribe recently received Main Committee Membership status by IEEE Power & Energy Society with the Power System Relaying and Control Committee (PSRC) as an acknowledgement of his continuous involvement and contributions at the Sub-Committee level.

“I’m honored to accept the status of Main Committee Member and will continue my efforts to contribute to our industry best practices,” said Andre Uribe. “I look forward to working alongside all Main Committee Members for many years to come.”

With his new leadership role, he’ll serve as a resource to all attendees as well as all leaders of PSRC and its activities. He’ll also continue to volunteer his time to chair various working groups and develop best practices reports or guidelines for the power industry.

About Power Grid Engineering

Power Grid Engineering (PGE), LLC, ranked among Florida’s fastest growing companies and was selected as one of the top companies to work for by the Orlando Business Journal, specializes on the power utility industry. Its corporate headquarters, located in Central Florida, and other regional offices are equipped with highly-skilled technical and certified project management personnel, and the most current and up-to-date industry specific resources including engineering and analysis technology, software, and systems. PGE’s services include relay protection and control, substation engineering, generation interconnect, field services, transmission planning and studies, relay settings, and power systems training. 

 

 


 

Power Grid Engineering Pinks Out for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

LAKE MARY, Fla (Nov. 18, 2016) Last month Power Grid Engineering (PGE) hosted a variety of events among its offices to support one of its philanthropies Susan G. Komen. The efforts included office involvement through pink décor, community engagement through local 5Ks and a company donation toward breast cancer awareness.

With over 50% participation company wide, PGE was able to create a huge impact on its communities in support of the cause.


 

Power Grid Engineering Opens New Headquarters Location in Lake Mary, Fla

LAKE MARY, Fla. (July 29, 2016) – Power Grid Engineering (PGE) combines its three Winter Springs offices and recently opens a new headquarters location in Lake Mary, Fla due to rapid growth. 

“We’ve grown tremendously since our humble beginnings — we started the company with three people working out of our home’s guest room,” said Michael Wright, co-founder and president of Power Grid Engineering. “We stick very closely to our organization’s core values, one of which is ‘happy employees are productive employees,’ and I’m confident that’s just part of the reason we’ve been able to not only retain our current employees as well as expand as much as we have, not only in Florida but elsewhere in the Southeast and Midwest.”

Florida’s private-sector job growth rate was 3.7 percent in 2015, according to the U.S. State Monitor Report from BMO Economics. Power Grid Engineering’s accelerated growth highlights the importance of small businesses to Florida’s economy and is also in line with Governor Rick Scott’s initiative for creating one millions jobs in Florida. Governor Scott previously visited Power Grid Engineering in 2014, to present the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award to VP of Business Development, Andre Uribe in his efforts in creating job opportunities in Fla. 


 

Power Grid Engineering Receives Ameren Contractor Safety Award

LAKE MARY, Fla (June 17, 2016)   Power Grid Engineering, LLC, was selected by Ameren Corporation, a $6 billion Investor Owned Electric Utility headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, to receive the coveted Ameren Contractor Safety Award in recognition of excellent safety performance, commitment and leadership. 

“It’s a tremendous honor to be acknowledged by Ameren for our commitment to safety. We appreciate our team for continuously living out our core value, ‘Safety Around the Clock,’’’said Michael Wright, co-founder and president of Power Grid Engineering.

Power Grid Engineering was one of 18 awardees out of approximately 102 contractors that work for Ameren.

“Being recognized by a valued customer such as Ameren attests to our commitment to Safety and Human Performance as a critical priority,” said Ty Farmer, safety and human performance manager at Power Grid Engineering. 


  

Power Grid Engineering Makes 2016 Fastest-Growing Companies List

LAKE MARY, Fla (June 13, 2016) — Power Grid Engineering was named one of Central Florida’s 50 fastest-growing companies. Fifty privately-held Central Florida companies located in Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties were nominated based on the percentage of revenue growth from 2012-2015. Out of 50 companies, Power Grid Engineering ranked 17 with a revenue increase of 131 percent.  

“When we first started, we offered one service line to only one client,” said Michael Wright, president at Power Grid Engineering. “Today, we offer multiple services and acquired several clients enabling us to expand our business.  Our Field Services line has had tremendous traction contributing to a significant increase of revenue.  Regardless of our success, I’m grateful to our Field Services team for their devotion to our number one core value, ‘Safety Around the Clock,’ ensuring we all go home to our friends and family.’”

To see a list of the 50 fastest-growing companies, visit http://bit.ly/1s6pVIu.


 

Power Grid Engineering Experiences 35 Percent Employee Increase from 2015

LAKE MARY, FLORIDA (May 2016) – Power Grid Engineering set the bar for small-business-growth this week by adding its 200th employee to the team. This time last year, the electrical engineering firm had 131 employees, marking an achievement for the firm which has only been in business for nine years.

Power Grid Engineering offers a variety of electrical engineering services including Relay Protection & Control, Substation Engineering, power systems training and Field Services. The company is in the middle of an aggressive expansion of Field Services, with an expected total of 400 employees by 2018.

“We’ve grown tremendously since our humble beginnings — we started the company with three people working out of our home’s guest room,” said Michael Wright, co-founder and president of Power Grid Engineering. “We stick very closely to our organization’s core values, one of which is ‘happy employees are productive employees,’ and I’m confident that’s just part of the reason we’ve been able to not only retain our current employees as well as expand as much as we have.”

Florida’s private-sector job growth rate was 3.7 percent in 2015, according to the U.S. State Monitor Report from BMO Economics. Power Grid Engineering’s accelerated growth highlights the importance of small businesses to Florida’s economy and is also in line with Governor Rick Scott’s initiative for creating one millions jobs in Florida. Governor Scott previously visited Power Grid Engineering in 2014, to present the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award to VP of Business Development, Andre Uribe in his efforts in creating job opportunities in Fla.


 

Engineering Students Land Summer Externships with Duke Energy and Power Grid Engineering

 Leesburg, Fla.--Thirteen students from Lake-Sumter State College's new program, Engineering Technology have received opportunities with Duke Energy and Power Grid Engineering. 

“The students were diligent in preparing for the opportunity by attending Career Development Services workshops, submitting multiple resume and cover letter critique requests, and participating in mock interviews,” says Assistant Director of Career Development Services Odalys Simmons. “We are very proud of these students and are appreciative of our employer partners for the time they’ve invested in the program and the students.”

Students Austin Bass, Danny Harris, Cameron Cloud, and Korey Redmond were offered externships from Duke Energy in relay.  They will work with a field journeyman relay technicians to get exposure to safety, construction, maintenance and troubleshooting as it relates to protective relay.  Students Christopher Lim and Kylie Smalt received externships in engineering technology and will work at Duke Energy’s Transmission Engineering facility in Lake Mary working on project development, AutoCAD programs and design standards as it pertains to engineering.  Duke Energy externships will run from May to August. 

The Power Grid Engineering externship is a five-week program during the summer and offering students a rotation exposing them to both design engineering and relay construction, maintenance and troubleshooting.  Students Benjamin Barker, John Osteen, K. Magamoll, Robert Tillman, Trenton Upshaw, David Clark, and Phillip Dean were offered externships from Power Grid Engineering.

“These externships are helping to build professional relationships between the students and companies right here in Florida,” says Program Manager of Energy Technology Programs Bob Seigworth. “The externship program will not only help add excitement to our new Engineering Technology program, but it will also involve the college sponsors that are so critical to the success of the students and to this program as a whole.”

Duke Energy has played an integral part in supporting the college’s Energy Technology Programs. Earlier this year in January, Duke Energy approved $110,000 in grant funds to support both the Engineering Technology and Electrical Distribution Technology programs.  Duke Energy has also donated just this year a large 3 phase power transformer that will allow the students to learn about transformer construction, maintenance, and testing in general.

Power Grid Engineering has also played a significant role in supporting the Engineering Technology program. Last year, Power Grid Engineering, in conjunction with Duke Energy, donated and engineered control panels for the college’s protective relay lab, ensuring a real learning experience that will train the next generation of a highly-skilled labor force.

About Lake-Sumter State College

As a member of the Florida College System, Lake-Sumter State College has offered quality education to the communities of Lake and Sumter Counties for more than half a century.  LSSC serves more than 6,000 students annually at its three-campuses:  Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont) and Sumterville.  LSSC offers technical certificates and associate degrees in: business, computer information technology, criminal justice environmental science, education, electrical distribution technology, engineering technology, health information technology, nursing and office administration.  LSSC also offers a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Organizational Management.  Through a unique linkage program with the University of Central Florida, Associate in Arts graduates are guaranteed admission.  


 

Power Grid Engineering Donates Computers and Furniture to Local Charter School 

LAKE MARY, FLORIDA (March X, 2016) –Power Grid Engineering (PGE) donates computers and furniture to local Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) driven school, Seminole Science Charter School, (SSCS) to promote science program. The company’s co-founder and VP of Business Development as well as senior-level engineers delivered the items and met with students to give an interactive presentation at the school’s Engineering Club on Tuesday, March 29.

“Programs like STEM are integral for students looking to pursue a career in the field of engineering,” said Andre Uribe, Co-founder and VP of Business Development of Power Grid Engineering. “By reaching out to our community and sharing our expertise, we’re excited to help pave the way by keeping information fresh and offering our perspectives to these future leaders in the workforce.”

Andre, Dolly Villasmil, Director of Engineering and Adrian Zvarych, Principal Engineer, from Power Grid Engineering gave a presentation on the basics in electrical engineering, and told their unique stories of how they each became an engineer. Students then had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the presenters.

Power Grid hopes to continue its partnership with SSCS with volunteer events, state team competitions and club presentations.

 

For more information about Power Grid Engineering and the donation to Seminole Science Charter School, please visit www.powergridengineering.com.  


 

Power Grid Engineering Contributes to First College Electric Relay Lab in State of Florida 

PGE college electric relay

Control panels are a part of the new state-of the art Electric Relay Lab connecting classroom to the field experience, completed with donations by Power
Grid Engineering and Duke Energy at Lake Sumter State College’s Engineering Technology degree program for Relay/Substation Tech.


WINTER SPRINGS, FLORIDA
(August 5, 2015) - Power Grid Engineering (PGE), in conjunction with Duke Energy, has developed Florida’s first Electric Relay Lab in the state for the Lake Sumter State College (LSSC) campus located in Sumterville, Florida. In anticipation of LSSC’s inaugural class of Engineering Technology students in the fall semester of 2015, program director Robert Seigworth reached out to PGE to assist in creating this first-of-a kind, state-of-the art resource for students, said Adrian Zvarych, PGE principle engineer and team lead.

“This is important because this is a real-life learning experience that will produce a more highly-skilled labor force in the Florida marketplace, which benefits not just the students, but their future employers and ultimately their customers,” said Andre Uribe, vice president of business development for PGE.

PGE’s role in the lab’s creation was to develop and engineer the connection between the classroom and the electric utility control building donated by Duke Energy. “Our team handled the communications network design and integration between each site by developing the communication network architecture,” Zvarych explained.

Started in early 2015, the project’s first phase will be completed in mid-August in time for the fall semester. The final phase of this cutting-edge technology lab will be completed by October 1st. LSSC offers an associate in science engineering technology degree program with a relay/substation technology specialization that will provide students with the skills and knowledge to maintain and manage the transmission and distribution of power through electric utility systems.

 

 

About Power Grid Engineering

Power Grid Engineering, LLC, ranked among Florida’s fastest growing companies in 2015, and selected as one of the top companies to work for by the Orlando Business Journal, specializes on the power utility industry. Its corporate headquarters, located in Central Florida, and other regional offices are equipped with highly-skilled technical and certified project management personnel, and the most current and up-to-date industry specific resources including engineering and analysis technology, software, and systems. PGE’s services include relay protection and control, substation engineering, generation interconnect, field services, transmission planning and studies, relay settings, and power systems training.