New Jersey’s water sector workforce is perhaps one of the most critical in the state. These are the utility managers, operators, and scientists who make sure our water systems function properly, delivering safe drinking water to our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. But retiring baby boomers are leaving a widening gap in this important field and the New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) is working to ensure the state has a viable pool of candidates to replace them.
As a kickoff event for New Jersey Careers in Utilities Week, NJUA has partnered with Asm. Wayne DeAngelo, chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, to host a job fair on Monday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Conference Center at Mercer, located at Mercer County College. This event, which is free and open to the public, will promote various career opportunities at all levels in the utility industry. Representatives from New Jersey Utilities Association member companies including Aqua, Atlantic City Electric, Elizabethtown Gas, Jersey Central Power & Light/A FirstEnergy Company, Middlesex Water Company, New Jersey American Water, New Jersey Resources, PSE&G, South Jersey Gas, South Jersey Industries and SUEZ, as well as from many non-utility organizations, will be on hand to accept resumes, answer questions and provide information about careers and related educational programs in the utility and trade businesses.
A strong workforce is critical to maintaining safe and reliable utility service for New Jersey’s residents and businesses. Many careers in the utility field offer stable employment, and, with nearly 50 percent of the nation’s energy workforce nearing retirement age, it’s even more important that our utilities have access to a well-trained and qualified labor pool. We are proud to work with Asm. DeAngelo and our member companies to offer this opportunity to candidates who may be interested in exploring a career in this field.
In addition to hosting the Utility Job and Career Fair, NJUA is also celebrating New Jersey Careers in Utilities Week with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and a number of our member companies. The week serves to acknowledge the more than 38,000 service-minded men and women employed by the state’s investor-owned public utilities who maintain, operate, and support the critical infrastructure that serves New Jersey residents and businesses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
As Jim Fakult, chairman of NJUA’s Board of Directors, recently said, “The occupations that exist in New Jersey’s public utilities are limitless and are often more than a job, but a rewarding career choice. With the appropriate education and training, workers can find a variety of challenging opportunities in our industry. New Jersey Careers in Utilities Week is a great way to highlight the employment opportunities that exist while recognizing the hardworking men and women who operate our critical infrastructure and underscoring the role the public utilities play in our state’s economy.”
The Conference Center at Mercer is located at 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. If you are interested in learning more about the Utility Job and Career Fair, please email Asm. DeAngelo’s office or call the office at (609) 631-7501.