Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) has been diversifying its power generation
sources and modernizing its distribution services through the upgrade of remote
switching and monitoring operations, feeder and substation automation for online
monitoring and equipment interoperability, and the deployment of information
technology solutions. In support of these improvements, NTUA is developing a
program to provide trainees with the skills and abilities to continue these upgrades and
contribute to the development of a nationwide Smart Grid. As an educational partner,
Navajo Technical College is marketing the training program and identifying individuals
within its students who have an interest or aptitude to work within the power industry.
In addition to the Navajo Technical College, training is also provided at NTUA’s district
offices and will be web-enabled for distance learning. Courses provide the fundamentals of electric power distribution systems, business management skills, and
specialized training in advanced areas. NTUA’s training program will maximize
employment opportunities for citizens of the Navajo Nation, reduce unemployment,
and aid in the successful implementation of the Smart Grid.