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Cool Pathways provides a road map to help navigate and prepare students for careers in the energy industry.

The Georgia Department of Education uses the National Career Cluster Model which allows students to choose an area of career interest in high school. All Georgia high school students take classes tailored to their Cluster. The focus is to show students the relevance of what they're learning in the classroom to the careers they are thinking about pursuing, whether they want to attend a two-year college, a four-year university or go straight into the world of work. Each general career area is called a Cluster and within each Cluster there are multiple specific Career Pathways.

Energy Cluster

There are two Pathways in the Energy Cluster that can help prepare students for careers related to the generation, transmission and distribution of various types of energy along with the engineering design, construction, maintenance and repair of these systems. The industry prefers the Energy and Power: Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Pathway.

Other Career Clusters

Energy careers can also be found in 4 of the other Clusters. Explore the map below to learn more about the Cluster and their Pathways that help prepare students for exciting career options at Georgia Power.

Design and Pre-construction

People with careers in design/pre-construction create our future! They turn a concept into a set of plans. Their plans guide other construction professionals as they continue the building process.

Jobs include:

  • Engineer - Electrical/power, nuclear, mechanical, civil, industrial: These positions generally are responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure in multiple industries. In the energy industry, engineers have responsibility for the design of power plants, transmission and distribution networks, and for upgrades or expansions to the electrical system. These positions are generally considered project managers for handling multiple projects simultaneously and having start-to-finish project oversight.
  • Engineering Technician - Handle day-to-day engineering activities related to providing new service for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Manage multiple projects requiring planning, designing, scheduling, and construction completion. This position generally has significant interaction with customers wanting new service provided or upgrades to existing service.

Construction

The construction technology pathway is designed to prepare students with foundational knowledge and skills for a career in the construction industry. Possible careers include occupations related to carpentry, electrical, masonry and plumbing. Most construction projects require employees skilled in these occupations. The coursework/standards within the construction technology pathway include occupational safety, construction math, blueprint reading and rigging. Fundamental craft skills and advanced skills in the areas of carpentry, electrical, masonry and plumbing are also incorporated within the pathway.

Jobs in construction include:

  • Electrician - Primarily responsible for the installation and maintenance of electrical wiring plans, electrical equipment, and electrical systems so that they operate in a safe manner. These positions are prominent in multiple industries but primarily in construction and energy.
  • Pipefitter/Pipelayer - Cuts, lays, and joins pipe for multiple industries. Generally requires the ability to understand schematic drawings, to weld and seal pipe pieces and joints, and the ability to perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting. These could be both low- and high-pressure pipe systems.
  • Line Worker - Construct and maintain networks and structures that deliver numerous products and services distributed through wires. Example industries would be telephone companies (land lines), power companies (electricity), and entertainment providers (cable TV). Position requirements often include the ability to climb poles or work out of bucket trucks.

Maintenance Operations

Employees with careers in maintenance/operations keep our future intact! These are the people who unload, inspect, and move new equipment into position. They determine the optimal placement of machines in a plant, assemble machinery, install machinery, repair machinery and perform preventive maintenance. They detect, diagnose and correct minor problems on machinery. They keep the structure of an establishment in good repair. They maintain the smooth operation of refineries, power plants, chemical plants and mills.

Jobs in Maintenance Operations include:

  • Coal Equipment Operator - These positions are generally located at power generation plants where coal is the fuel used to generate electrical energy. Responsibilities include the proper operation of equipment and handling systems designed to receive, store, and move the coal so that the plant is efficiently fueled.
  • Instrumentation & Control Technician - I&C techs have responsibility for instrumentation and controls maintenance. This includes troubleshooting, repair, and installation of these devices and electronic equipment.
  • Lineworker - Construct and maintain networks and structures that deliver numerous products and services distributed through wires. Example industries would be telephone companies (land lines), power companies (electricity), and entertainment providers (cable TV). Position requirements often include the ability to climb poles or work out of bucket trucks.

Engineering and Technology

The engineering pathway provides students with an opportunity to develop fundamental technological literacy as they learn about the history, systems, and processes of invention and innovation. In engineering concepts, students learn about areas of specialization within engineering, and apply engineering tools and procedures as they complete hands-on instructional activities. Students will also apply mathematics and science to predict the success of an engineered solution and complete hands-on activities with tools, materials and processes as they develop working drawings and prototypes. As a member of a design team, students use research strategies, prototype testing and evaluation, and communication skills. Career opportunities in this area include—but are not limited to—engineers, engineering technologists and engineering technicians. Career options may include manufacturing engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, industrial engineers, design engineers, aerospace engineers and a host of others.

Jobs in engineering and technology include:

  • Power Plant Operator - These positions operate and control the plant equipment that generates energy. The operators are responsible for generating the energy in the most efficient manner possible while still meeting the energy demand. Generally these positions work in a power plant control room, where the operator is responsible for monitoring operations, analyzing energy output, and making tactical decisions to maximize energy production.
  • Nuclear Engineering Technician - Specific to the nuclear industry, this position handles numerous engineering-related activities, generally in a nuclear power plant. These responsibilities would include engineering support for plant components and operations, diagnostics and maintenance of equipment, and planning and maintenance support for scheduled outages.
  • Engineer - Electrical/power, nuclear, mechanical, civil, industrial: These positions generally are responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure in multiple industries. In the energy industry, engineers have responsibility for the design of power plants, transmission and distribution networks, and for upgrades or expansions to the electrical system. These positions are generally considered project managers for handling multiple projects simultaneously and having start-to-finish project oversight.
  • Engineering Technician - Handle day-to-day engineering activities related to providing new service for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Manage multiple projects requiring planning, designing, scheduling, and construction completion. This position generally has significant interaction with customers wanting new service provided or upgrades to existing service.

Science and Math

The math and science pathway affords students the opportunity to study life and physical sciences and varied levels of mathematics. In support of this pathway, students can continue to study in specific fields of study, including engineering, aviation, transportation, architecture, manufacturing and energy systems. Occupational opportunities in the math/science field of study are numerous, including aerospace engineers, electrical engineers, astronomers, biological scientists, chemists, mathematicians and physicists.

Jobs in math and science include:

  • Instrumentation & Control Technician - I&C techs have responsibility for instrumentation and controls maintenance. This includes troubleshooting, repair, and installation of these devices and electronic equipment.

Manufacturing Production Process Development

The architectural drawing and design pathway is designed to prepare students with foundational knowledge and skills for a career in the construction industry. Possible careers include occupations related to architecture, drafting and engineering. Most architecture, construction and engineering projects require employees skilled in these occupations. The coursework/standards within the architectural drawing and design pathway include basic tools, equipment, systems and drawings related to drafting. Advanced skills in residential design, including CAD and other computer applications, are incorporated within the pathway.

Jobs in manufacturing production process development include:

  • Power Plant Operator - These positions operate and control the plant equipment that generates energy. The operators are responsible for generating the energy in the most efficient manner possible while still meeting the energy demand. Generally these positions work in a power plant control room, where the operator is responsible for monitoring operations, analyzing energy output, and making tactical decisions to maximize energy production.

Maintenance, Installation and Repair

People with careers in maintenance, installation and repair perform preventive maintenance procedures on machines, tools and equipment. These are performed routinely and on a regular basis. They also troubleshoot and repair electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. This will include mechanical repair as well as using computer-based inventory control systems, retrieving information histories on each machine from computer records, and recording repair activities on the system to keep accurate records of repairs performed on each machine.

Jobs in maintenance, installation and repair include:

  • Pipefitter/Pipelayer - Cuts, lays, and joins pipe for multiple industries. Generally requires the ability to understand schematic drawings, to weld and seal pipe pieces and joints, and the ability to perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting. These could be both low- and high-pressure pipe systems.
  • Instrumentation & Control Technician - I&C techs have responsibility for instrumentation and controls maintenance. This includes troubleshooting, repair, and installation of these devices and electronic equipment.

Energy Systems Pathways

Energy Systems Pathways introduce students to the many careers that help conserve, generate energy, transport it and connect it to the things we use every day. Working in energy can mean working for utilities, for gas and oil companies, for government and research groups, for energy education or environmental regulation agencies, for nonprofit energy awareness and conservation organizations or for many other energy-related agencies.

The Energy and Power: Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Pathway

The Energy and Power: Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Pathway allows students to develop a broad understanding of the energy industry including infrastructure, generation, transmission and distribution of nonrenewable, sustainable, renewable, and inexhaustible energy sources.

This Pathway provides students an understanding of the many careers that exist in energy and related technologies, and prepares individuals for those careers in the designing, planning, maintaining, generating, transmission, and distribution of traditional and alternative energy.

This pathway culminates with an opportunity for students to take multiple end of pathway assessment.

Jobs related to the Energy and Power: Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Pathway include:

  • Instrumentation & Control Technician - I&C techs have responsibility for instrumentation and controls maintenance. This includes troubleshooting, repair, and installation of these devices and electronic equipment.
  • Nuclear Engineering Technician - Specific to the nuclear industry, this position handles numerous engineering-related activities, generally in a nuclear power plant. These responsibilities would include engineering support for plant components and operations, diagnostics and maintenance of equipment, and planning and maintenance support for scheduled outages.
  • Engineer - Electrical/power, nuclear, mechanical, civil, industrial. These positions generally are responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure in multiple industries. In the energy industry, engineers have responsibility for the design of power plants, transmission and distribution networks, and for upgrades or expansions to the electrical system. These positions are generally considered project managers for handling multiple projects simultaneously and having start-to-finish project oversight.
  • Engineering Technician - Handle day-to-day engineering activities related to providing new service for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Manage multiple projects requiring planning, designing, scheduling, and construction completion. This position generally has significant interaction with customers wanting new service provided or upgrades to existing service.

Administrative and Customer Service

Administrative support and customer service representatives facilitate business operations through a variety of administrative and clerical duties including information and communication management, data processing and collection, and project tracking.

Customer service representatives provide customers with assistance regarding connecting, disconnecting, or transferring service, and answer questions regarding customer bills and reporting power outages. Customer service reps work in the Georgia Power call center, where all service is provided over the phone.

Jobs in administrative and customer service include:

  • Customer Service Representative - A CSR serves as the primary company representative for interaction with customers. The position requires interpersonal and technical skills to be successful. Interaction with customers is conducted through multiple mediums but usually face-to-face or by phone or call centers. The customer service rep must have significant knowledge of a company's policies and procedures and be able to effectively communicate with customers. This position is both challenging and highly rewarding.

Architecture and Construction

The architectural, design and construction pathway is designed to prepare students with foundational knowledge and skills for a career in the construction industry. Possible careers include occupations related to architecture, drafting and engineering. Most architecture, construction and engineering projects require employees skilled in these occupations. The coursework/standards within the architectural drawing and design pathway include basic tools, equipment, systems and drawings related to drafting. Advanced skills in residential design, including CAD and other computer applications, are incorporated within the pathway.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

This course helps students understand the field of engineering/engineering technology. Students are encouraged to use a problem-solving model to improve existing products and invent new ones. They learn how to apply this model to solve any problems, even outside of the classroom. Students use sophisticated three-dimension modeling software to communicate the details of these products. Emphasis is placed on analyzing potential solutions and communicating ideas to others.

Manufacturing

The manufacturing pathway introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering, enabling them to develop logical thought processes and a broad technical knowledge base. Through the exploration of various technology systems and manufacturing processes, students will learn how engineers and technicians use math, science and technology in an engineering problem-solving process to benefit people. Students actually design and test digital electronic circuitry, model and analyze product solutions using solid modeling CAD software, and apply the principles of robotics, automation and computer numerical control to produce actual prototypes of their three-dimensional designs. Students will apply these skills working in teams in order to research, design and develop solutions to real engineering problems. Possible careers include industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, mechanical drafter, mechanical engineer, robotics technician, robotics operator, robotics programmer, CNC programmer, and positions working closely with other engineers, technologists and technicians.

Energy

The energy systems pathway provides students with an opportunity to develop fundamental technological literacy as they learn about the history, systems and processes of invention and innovation. In energy and power technologies, students explore the relationship between force, work, energy and power. They will study the characteristics, availability, conversion, control, transmission and storage of energy and power. Students will research renewable, non-renewable and inexhaustible resources, and conservation efforts. The course on energy technologies will allow students an opportunity to research alternative energy sources and learn about the regional implications as well as economic, environmental and sustainability issues. Potential careers include electrical engineer, environmental engineer, power plant operator, nuclear engineer, reactor operator, and production, sales and service positions in the energy sector.

Business Management and Administration

This course is designed to assist students in developing technological proficiencies demanded by business. The course should utilize various forms of input technologies to cover units of instruction that may include word processing applications, spreadsheet development, database management, presentations, electronic communications, Internet services, graphics, desktop publishing, basic Web design, interactive media, ethical issues, and careers in business using technology applications. Students may be given opportunities for completing industry certification requirements.