Toronto – To help students reach their goals, Ontario’s Hydro One has partnered with four colleges in the province to support electrical engineering programs. Students at Georgian, Algonquin, Mohawk and Northern colleges will benefit from more scholarships and co-op placements, as well as access to recruitment services and specialized equipment.
Since 2007, Hydro One has invested over $7 million to support electrical engineering programs at Ontario colleges. Jobs are available across the province’s energy sector, including Hydro One’s Ontario Grid Control Centre in Barrie, ON. This facility is the nerve centre of Ontario’s high-voltage transmission system, employing about 300 staff, including controllers, dispatchers, engineers and technologists.
Hydro One owns and operates 96% of Ontario’s transmission system. More than 5,700 people are employed by Hydro One, including 250 students hired for work placements. Ontario’s target for clean, renewable energy from wind, solar and bioenergy is 10,700 MW by 2018, the equivalent of taking up to 2.9 million homes off the grid.
“The results from the first phase of this partnership are outstanding. The four colleges have been very effective in attracting more students to their electrical programs, ensuring a stronger workforce for Hydro One and the entire utility sector,” said Laura Formusa, president and CEO of Hydro One.