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Northern Michigan University

Electrical Power Technician Workforce Training Program


Northern Michigan University (NMU) is establishing a training center to provide training that includes both the knowledge and skills required for an entry level technician in the electrical power industry. NMU’s mock electrical substation will provide students with a hand-on laboratory, with actual equipment, enabling them to practice skills that are needed in the workplace. Lab size will be limited to an 8-12 student maximum. A program coordinator will stay abreast of current technology to make sure that the program includes all relevant technology in use and under development. The curriculum was developed by Northern Michigan University in consultation with industry partners in the LSCP consortium.

Contact Information

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

Michael Rudisill
Principal Investigator
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855-5305

Recipient: Northern Michigan Universit
HQ State: Michigan
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $785,955
Federal Share: $673,462
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • 80 percent graduate job placement rate
  • High-tech education in cutting-edge Smart Grid technologies
  • Workforce-ready trainees
  • Re-training for current power industry workers

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