UTCF will be addressing a number of new research and technical issues supporting the growth and resiliency of the electric grid, water infrastructure, and all critical infrastructure utilities. These include equipment reliability, power delivery, oil/gas utility infrastructure, smart water infrastructure, CO2 emissions reductions, and materials and asset longevity, etc.
UTCF will play a significant role in providing IT and engineering students with the fundamentals for supporting utility infrastructure design and maintenance, as well as the telecommunications to connect the systems for real-time data analysis. These programs can include solving technology problems, as well as developing and improving existing technology, like smart systems for smart communities around the world.
Students need education and hands-on training in utility telecommunications fundamentals, which will reduce the time needed and costs associated with training new employees. These students can join the utility workforce with an understanding of the industry and associated work as well as establishing a professional network of relationships for further mentoring.
UTCF is a highly collaborative utility/education/industry partnership that hopes to produce a technical workforce, ready for the advancements in technology for the global utility industry.
The utility industry faces a workforce challenge just as there is a need to build new infrastructure and the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) has a history of supporting our members’ professional talent development and networking needs. The UTC Foundation is a natural expansion of the UTC mission and vision.