TCC, ENOSERV partner to create substation program
(David Sollars, Associate Dean of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology; Lauren Brookey, Vice President of External Affairs; Dennis Loudermilk, President of ENOSERV; and Dr. John Gibson, Provost.)
Tulsa Community College and ENOSERV have partnered to offer classes in a new Electrical Substation Technology Program. ENOSERVE and industry experts worked with TCC to develop curriculum to create skilled workers for power utility companies and large manufacturers that depend on electrical substations.
In addition to providing a knowledgeable industry instructor for the courses, ENOSERV donated $100,000 and relay equipment to TCC. ENOSERV is a Tulsa-based software company that pioneered the idea of universal/multi-platform system protection testing for power companies.
“We are developing the electrical substation option under the Electronics Program where they can get an Associate of Applied Science Degree,” said Kent Fockler, Interim Associate Dean of Business, Information and Engineering Technologies. “There are more and more people retiring who are involved in electrical substation maintenance. The industry needs more people trained who can work in high voltage substations, and TCC is starting it here to provide people for work in Tulsa and beyond.”
The starting salary for an individual with specialized substation training begins at $50,000 to $60,000 and can easily move into the six-figure range with a few years of experience.
The substation specific courses are being offered in a credit or noncredit format, allowing traditional students and seasoned electrical workers to learn side-by-side.