West Palm Beach, FL – January 27, 2021
BHI Partners with Indian River State College’s Electrical Power Technology Program
A recent WPTV broadcast of The Rebound, a news series focusing on economic and employment issues in Florida, focused on BHI Energy (BHI) and our connection with Indian River State College’s (IRSC) Electrical Power Technology program. IRSC strives to meet the energy industry’s employment needs with curricula relevant to careers in the field. The January 27 news piece, by Linnie Supall of WPTV, featured interviews with Bob Beckman, Executive Vice President of T&D Engineering, as well as Chad Forde, a Designer 1 on the T&D Design Engineering team, and a recent graduate of the College’s Electrical Power Technology program.
IRSC strives to meet the energy industry’s employment needs with curricula relevant to careers in the field. The Electrical Power Technology program was initiated by a venture with Florida Power & Light to “replace retiring workers, update skills of the existing workforce and create a career ladder for incumbent workers and additional opportunities for professional development and advancement.”
Bob Beckman, EVP with BHI’s T&D Engineering division said, “It’s an exciting time – the generation side of the business up through the transmission and distribution power delivery system is the growing field.”
The article commended both BHI and IRSC: “BHI Energy has employed Indian River State College students from each graduating class of the Electrical Power Technology program.” “Indian River State College prepares students for the distribution designer role at BHI Energy with a wide variety of courses, including ‘Transformers and Power Distribution’ and ‘Introduction to Electronics’.”
Forde stated “My day-to-day job builds on all the coursework taught in the classroom, and the fundamental principles we use were thoroughly covered in school, from how electrical power is distributed to the economics of what drives the industry.”
For those not as familiar with our T&D Design and Engineering team’s work, “The full-time design engineers within the BHI Energy distribution department improve FPL’s physical power line distribution system by planning for pole replacements, shortening the span between poles and taking power lines underground.”
The article focused on the ways in which industry and education create win-win solutions: for the curriculum with access to industry experts, the students with access to well-paying careers, and the industry with input to educational programs creating qualified applicants.
View the entire news piece at https://www.wptv.com/rebound/indian-river-state-college-powers-electrical-workforce.