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MPB Gets to Work in Energy: MDCC Electrical Linemen

Mississippi Delta Community College, with their Electrical Lineman program, trains students in 16 weeks for a career that can start at 16 dollars an hour! The necessity of bringing power to homes and businesses ensures a competitive income for workers that can climb as high as 35 or even 40 dollars an hour.

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MPB Gets to Work in Energy: Instrumentation & Controls

“Instrumentation and Controls is the measurement and control of processes within a facility,” explains John Poelma, chair of the Career- Technical Department at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jackson County Campus. A two year degree in this field can lead to a six figure income within 5 years. “Right now there are more openings than people that can fill the positions,” says Poelma.

Energy Careers Overview

The energy sector is an all-encompassing term that describes a complex network of companies involved in the production and distribution of energy needed to power the economy and facilitate the means of production and transportation. Energy jobs can include engineers, researchers and developers and includes companies involved in the exploration and development of oil or gas reserves, oil and gas drilling and refining, or integrated power utility companies including renewable energy and coal.

Salary Range Potential:

$50,000 – $100,000+ per year

Skills Needed & Abilities:

Teamwork, Adaptability, Innovation, Computer and Communication


Sectors Hiring:

Energy Utilities, Commercial Industry, Manufacturing Industry and the Petroleum Industry


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Instrumentation & Controls

Utility Linemen

Process Operations Technology