Michigan’s energy industry employs nearly 97,000 people, and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency estimates the Energy Cluster to grow by 9.4 percent through 2024. At the same time, estimates say up to 50 percent of workers in Michigan’s energy industry will be eligible to retire within the next five years.

 “The rising demand for skilled trade professionals in Michigan’s energy industry presents an incredible opportunity for the next generation,” said Tracy DiSanto, DTE Energy manager, Workforce Planning and Analytics, and co-chair of the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC). “Yet many students aren’t familiar with our industry, or the types of job opportunities available to them.”

There are more than 1,800 new utility jobs in Michigan each year, and more than 600 internship and co-op jobs for high school and college students.

DTE Energy is partnering with Michigan energy companies and other organizations across Michigan to spark interest in these opportunities with the third annual Careers in Energy Week, proclaimed Oct. 17-21 by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Events include:

  • Interactive student tours of DTE Energy, Consumers Energy and Lansing Board of Water and Light training facilities, giving students hands-on experience with skill-based energy careers.
  • Distribution of Take Action energy efficiency kits to elementary and secondary school students to facilitate conversations around the energy industry, safety and energy efficiency.
  • Open tours at MIAT College of Technology, allowing the public to see gas turbines, try on welding gear, use wind turbine technician equipment and participate in an energy obstacle course.
  • College recruitment across Michigan for co-ops, internships and full-time positions.

To learn more about the Careers in Energy Week, visit dteenergy.com/energycareersweek.

The Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium is an industry-led partnership of more than 50 organizations dedicated to addressing current and future workforce issues that are crucial to building and sustaining Michigan’s energy industry. MEWDC recently created Michigan’s 17th career cluster in energy, enabling high schools and community colleges to incorporate energy-related courses in their curriculum. DTE Energy and Consumers Energy support energy education efforts at schools and nonprofit groups through annual Foundation contributions of more than $4.1 million.

Think your child would be a great skilled-trade professional or engineer? Read this article about how (and why) to talk to your child about careers in energy.

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