SMUD hosts Women in Skilled Trades Day for clean energy job demos
Emerging workforce accelerates regional energy transition
On Saturday, SMUD will lead dozens of hands-on activities and demonstrations in skilled trades within the utility sector and discuss career opportunities with aspiring clean energy workers. Women in Skilled Trades Day creates opportunities for participants to explore career paths where they have been underrepresented.
What: SMUD’s inaugural Women in Skilled Trades Day
When: Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Sacramento Power Academy, 9268 Tokay Lane, Sacramento
Who: Up to 200+ prospective clean energy workers; public safety officials; workforce organizations; SMUD representatives and other community members and nonprofits.
“SMUD’s actions to decarbonize the regional power supply and our support of widespread electrification are creating new opportunities in energy savings, energy efficiencies and in clean energy jobs,” said Chief Zero Carbon Officer Lora Anguay. “As we make more progress on our bold 2030 Zero Carbon Plan, SMUD will continue to invest in workforce development programs that prepare our region for high-wage careers. Promoting equitable access to employment opportunities and recruiting from a diverse talent pool are top priorities and are crucial for advancing inclusivity, building stronger communities and ensuring that everyone can participate in and benefit from a clean energy future and economy.”
Women in Skilled Trades Day connects participants with clean energy professionals who will explain various job functions through hands-on demos, including:
- wiring of electrical boards,
- use of laser range finder and geospatial data collection devices,
- manhole entry and removal of insulation from cables,
- line-worker challenges in climbing prep and equipment testing, and
- ground and hot tool overview.
SMUD workgroups represented at the event will include electricians, stationary engineers, carpenters, lineworkers, fleet mechanics, customer service field representatives, cable networking, power generation, power system operators, vegetation management, warehouse operations and more. Representatives with SMUD, Northern California Construction Training (NCCT), Sacramento Fire Department, Sacramento Police Department, Single Mom Strong, Tradeswomen, Inc. and NorCal Carpenters Union will also offer career guidance and an array of employment resources.
As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity to Sacramento County for more than 75 years. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Today, SMUD’s power supply is on average about 50 percent carbon free and SMUD has a goal to reach zero carbon in its electricity production by 2030.