10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Utility Staffing Challenges
Speakers: Tina Drews, Director of Talent Management, Salt River Project
Steve Carpenter, Senior Manager, Process Governance, T&D, Southern California Edison
Mike Perez, Training Manager, Southern California Edison
Dale Goodman, Manager Substation Operations, Portland General Electric
As the existing utility workforce retires and new positions emerge, how do utilities fill the gaps? This panel discussion presents alternate strategies for recruitment, screening, hiring, training, and retraining the modern utility workforce. Panelists will offer their experiences with their apprenticeships and internships, the development of college courses for Distribution Planners and Designers, and a department reorganization that took a hard look at the differences between substation maintenance and construction groups and how they incentivized experienced journeymen to join one group or another.
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Meeting Operational Training Challenges
Speakers: Chris Bolton, Associate Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Skip Chavis, PE, Principal Contract Administrator, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
This session will first discuss how SDG&E is tackling operational challenges related to relay technician resources, competency, and knowledge gaps. Then, a second speaker will give an overview of PG&E’s new training facility and discuss how they are planning to utilize it in the future.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
This session is a roundtable to discuss unplanned equipment failures and operational improvements and how both can affect the operation of the electric grid. We also plan to set up a method to help spread solutions and challenges to our neighboring utilities.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Technology in the Field
Speakers: Sarah DeLozier, Customer Service Operations Supervisor, Chelan County PUD
Evin Busey, Journeyman Substation Wireman, Chelan County PUD
Brian Lowe, Distribution Stations Superintendent, Chelan County PUD
Jesse Duffy, Substation Maintenance Engineer, Portland General Electric
This session will cover how technology is being implemented in the field. How do utilities streamline data entry when many of our field processes are evolving from paper?