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Designing bright career paths at National Grid

Posted by Jaime Crespo on Sep 13, 2016 2:40:27 PM

Observing substations up close can be utterly dizzying with their vast number of oversized electrical components. An array of lightning arresters, air-break switches, transformers, and distribution buses, interconnect in these high-voltage mazes of metal.

Though often hidden from public view, substations play a critical role in our daily lives, enabling electricity to travel from power plants and into our homes, businesses and neighborhoods. There are over 55,000 substations dotting the American landscape, and no two substations are alike. 

“You see buildings going up all the time, so we are constantly creating new substations or upgrading existing ones to meet the electricity demand of our customers,” says Jack Walsh, manager, Substation Engineering & Design at National Grid, the Waltham-based energy company serving Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

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Topics: Electrical Technology, Industry Partnerships

Meet Jonathan: Staying current with an Electrical Technology career

Posted by Carl Pett on Apr 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM

In his senior year at Tyngsboro High School, Jonathan wasn’t sure what he wanted to do for a career or what college he should attend. He enjoyed physics class and building things, especially working with electrical components. “Why don’t you check out Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology?” his grandfather asked, having graduated from the college’s Civil Engineering program in 1960.

Jonathan had never heard of the college, but upon visiting and speaking with faculty, he realized it was the right place for him. “Teachers said hello to everyone and all the students knew each other,” Jonathan said. “If you go to a big school, it’s not going to be as friendly. At BFIT, everyone is working together.”

"Teachers said hello to everyone and all the students knew each other. At BFIT, everyone is working together."

In his Photovoltaic class, he learned about the science and design behind solar panels. The course incorporated lessons that required students to calculate the potential energy produced by the solar panel based on their position and how to perform the installation process. In the National Electrical Code course, instructors with decades of experience in their field shared their expertise.

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Topics: Features, Electrical Technology

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