EPUD currently runs multiple programs designed to promote careers in the utility industry.
EPUD Em"POWER"ing Scholarships
EPUD offers five $1,250 scholarships to any EPUD customer-owner (or family of EPUD Customer-Owner) interested in pursuing a career in the utility industry. Applicants must live within the EPUD District, must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and must be interested in a job in the utility industry. This includes careers in engineering, line work, and power resources/energy management, communications, accounting, customer service and business. Scholarship applications are due each year by Mid-April and recipients are announced in May.
EPUD Em"POWER"ing Job Shadows
EPUD offers job shadowing opportunities year-round in a variety of different fields including line work, engineering, energy services, power resources, customer service, accounting, and communications. Interested participants should call to schedule a job shadow and complete all needed paperwork. We encourage all scholarship applicants to complete a job shadow before or after submitting their application.
For more information on scholarships or to schedule your job shadow, call EPUD at 541-746-1583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please note, Job Shadows are not available to applicants currently seeking employment with EPUD. They are intended for persons wanting to learn about the utility industry in general.)
More Information About Utility Careers
There is no "ONE WAY" to go about starting a career in the utility industry. Each utility has different preferences for hiring and different recommended means for training. There are several ways you can go about becoming a lineman, usually beginning with lineman college, then moving into a paid apprenticeship position with a utility for three years, then finally full journeyman lineman status. EPUD recommends several websites where you can find more information on various programs available. See the "Related Links" box to the right.