A new partnership between Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) and LG&E and KU Energy LLC will provide technical students with jobs, experience, and tuition assistance in a number of rewarding career fields. The energy company is looking for the best and brightest two-year technical degree program students to join its craft worker internship program.
Currently, there are statewide internship opportunities available in many areas, including Instrument and Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, Power Plant Operations, Meter Technicians, and more. The program is designed to assist students in applying their education to productive work experiences in their field of study, working side-by-side with energy industry professionals and some of the best technologies available.
The paid internships allow students to work part-time while attending college full-time, with flexible working hours to accommodate the students’ classroom schedule. Students can work full-time in the summer months, and the internships typically last for 18-24 months.
Michael McFadden, LG&E-KU Recruitment Coordinator, said, “Two-year technical degrees in the energy industry can fill high-reward, high-demand careers. Participation in this internship program will help students become experts in their trade, and set them up for long-term success in excellent career fields.”
Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean wage for a Power Plant Operator in western Kentucky is $75,120 annually. The median wage for a Power Line Technician is $63,250 per year, and a Power Plant Maintenance Technician can earn at least $64,420. Many experienced professionals earn much more.
“This program is a win-win for our students,” said Mike Hazzard, ECTC Technical Division Chair. “The paid internships are scheduled to accommodate classwork, students gain invaluable experience and in most cases tuition is paid. These are careers that offer exciting futures for our students. We are thrilled to partner with LGE/KU in this program that mutually benefits our students and the company.”
Current and prospective ECTC students in good academic standing who are interested in applying for the internships should apply online at www.lge-ku.com/careers.
Students interested in internships and apprenticeships with other organizations should meet with their program coordinators or academic advisors for more information.