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University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is developing a workforce fully trained in power technology by providing education and training to current and future workers across a variety of educational levels. For middle schools and high schools, UTC trains teachers about power technology to draw more future workers into the industry. Power-related electives permit undergraduate students to specialize in high-demand technologies. Engineers who have already earned university degrees benefit from additional training in modern power systems through a Master’s program, short courses, and seminars. Additionally, certificate programs are being developed in cyber security, Smart Grid, clean energy and efficiency, and power engineering for current technicians and displaced workers. UTC will also develop programs for managers by integrating engineering management courses with power systems education.

Contact Information

Deborah Buterbaugh
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Ahmed Eltom
Principal Investigator
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598

Recipient: University of Tennessee, Chattanoog
HQ State: Tennessee
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $2,663,859
Federal Share: $2,394,802
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Engineers trained in high-tech power technology
  • Technicians and displaced workers retrained to increase their skills, retain jobs, and increase pay rates
  • An enhanced power management workforce created by integrating technology-centric curricula with business science
  • Exposure of high school students to energy-related issues

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