The power generation industry remains one of the most engaging and rewarding fields for the energy professional. While another year of dramatic shifts has almost come to an end, it feels more difficult than ever to predict what the next year will bring for careers in this field. But when it comes to the power generation industry, there’s a consistent thread of in-demand work, innovation, and talent-driven job markets that continue to shape of the industry. Here are 5 benefits to starting your career in Global Power.
Nuclear power has been going through a transformation, both from the technology perspective as well as the career perspective. For those new graduates ready to make an impact in the industry, the power generation is ready to take them on. Innovative technologies like modular reactors, designed for smaller-scale energy production, are reshaping what the public experiences when it comes to power generation. These reactors offer the advantage of scalability, lower cost, and overall flexibility. They provide a simple and efficient design, modular components, and the ability to add further modules incrementally as energy demand increases. Where large plants are not needed (small communities in remote locations) there is a total lack of infrastructure or desire to support a large unit. That’s where these small nuclear reactors are a perfect fit, and where professionals keen to innovate can really lean in.
Solve Real World Problems
One of the most rewarding aspects of working in this field is the chance to solve real-world problems. Industry leaders are thinking outside of the box when it comes to the look and functionality of reactors within a community. Rather than a looming plant off in the distance, new reactors are designed with the community in mind. For remote locations like those in rural Alaska, this addresses issues all the way down the supply chain. From fuel delivery by tanker truck, plane, or barge, to simply needing to burn jet fuel to supply diesel fuel, new designs can help deliver power to those who need it most.
New designs can help solve complex challenges such as the need to burn fuel to keep the remainder warm enough to be pumped into an engine. These are real-world problems that communities all over the world deal with on a daily basis, and micro-reactors can actively solve many of these problems and help these communities flourish.
In remote communities, fueling an electric generator is so expensive that some people spend half their income on energy. In states like Alaska providing energy to the many remote communities is a top priority. Micro-reactors would enable these communities to power their way of life at a lower cost while at the same time actively protecting the climate. For many communities in remote areas, burning fossil fuels is the only way to heat and light their homes and their lives. The alternative that micro-reactors provide could be a perfect solution. And for professionals just starting in this field, there are lots of opportunities to expand within the market.
The chance to work with new technologies is a huge benefit of this industry. Micro-reactors are smaller-sized units that are a better fit for dozens of remote communities and have off-grid capability that could solve the challenge of providing clean, affordable energy to these areas of the world. Incorporating micro-reactors into the design of transit centers, industrial neighborhoods, and even remote arctic locations can completely change the way people interact with and experience nuclear power. By bringing them into the community, we take on a different appreciation for the existence of the reactors, but also of the power and energy they bring to the community. That’s an exciting new opportunity for professionals like you to make a difference.
Opportunities for New Talent
The power industry is at a turning point, where existing talent is ready to retire in large numbers. That means lots of opportunity for new talent to join the team. If you are ready to explore a career in the power generation industry, connect with the Williams’ recruiting team today.