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Power Grid Engineering Launches Boot Camp Program to Prepare Electrical Engineers for Career Success

LAKE MARY, Fla (June 28, 2018) Power Grid Engineering, LLC (PGE) recently launched an Engineering Boot Camp program focused on protection and control design to provide comprehensive training for entry-level electrical engineers as they start their career in the utility industry.

After its first Boot Camp program in 2016, geared toward field services, PGE has invested time and resources to launch a new program specifically for engineers. With support from its offices in Florida, Kansas, Alabama and North Carolina, PGE brings together different levels of expertise to contribute to the success of this eight-week training program.

“Each of our offices has a unique niche. This program has been designed to give engineers an in-depth look at the basic concepts in the relay industry early in their careers,” said Dolly Villasmil, Director of Engineering in the Lake Mary, FL office specializing in protection and control and substation design. “I had no idea what a relay was or what it looked like on my first day working as an engineer. This program gives a big picture view to start connecting the dots when you join the design team. It’s a starting point to understand what we do in and out of the office every day. A lot of what we do is abstract and this program gives you something tangible to look at.”

The training is held at PGE’s headquarters in Lake Mary, FL as well as Lake Sumter State College (LSSC). Through this partnership between PGE & LSSC, the participants have the opportunity to receive hands-on training. The training focuses on line protection and provides tools to build panels that contain the elements from protection and testing the relay schemes PGE designs.

“Our vision is to prepare engineers and give them a good base to start with as they start their career in protection and control design for the utility industry,” said Chris Salter, Director of Engineering in the Birmingham, AL office specializing in protection and control and system planning.

“The Engineering Boot Camp is a great avenue for new engineers to get practical, hands-on experience in a controlled substation environment.  Engineers will be able to develop long-lasting relationships with field services personnel and gain a deeper appreciation for construction, testing and commissioning,” added Duane Buchanan, Director of Engineering in the Raleigh, NC office specializing in protection and control and relay setting.