Check out the MCC Utility Tech program website at OneYearToACareer.com!
The Utility Technician field employs people involved with the generation, distribution, or use of electrical or gas utilities. These workers should have a mechanical aptitude along with knowledge of mathematics, computers, electronic equipment, and map and schematic reading. Upon completion of this program, participants may choose a specific utility trade, or continue their education by attending a technical school or completing an associate’s degree.
Utility Technician jobs are projected to be high in demand in the next five years due to retiring workers in the utility industry and natural gas. Prospects are greatest for those who can work indoors or outdoors, operate heavy equipment, monitor machine operation, and demonstrate proper safety procedure.
Gainful employment reporting
Beginning July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible certification program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” The information provided here represents only one year’s data but will be updated as more information becomes available.
For MCC’s Utility Technician program, of the 6 program completers in FY13 who responded to a survey (6 of 11), 4 were employed in a related or unrelated field and 2 continued their education, for a respondent placement rate of 100%. It took the completers two terms to finish the program for an on-time program completion rate of 82%. Median loan debt was $2,542.
College cost information can be found online at http://www.iavalley.edu/mcc/financial_aid/costs.html.
If you have questions about the data provided and what it means to you as a student, please contact Angie Redmond at 641-844-5712. Additional information about Entrepreneurial & Diversified Ag practitioners and Entrepreneurial & Diversified Ag careers can be found on the O*Net website at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9052.00.
What/Where the jobs are
Utility companies, electric transmission, substation and distribution companies, wind technician, cable and phone installation, railroad maintenance, water technician, interstate transmission pipelines, meter readers, cities and municipalities.
Chris Russell, Chris.Russell@iavalley.edu
Angie Redmond, Angie.Redmond@iavalley.edu