About the Center for Energy Training

Launched in 2013, The Center for Energy Training was created to help ensure workforce development needs are met in the Charlotte region’s energy cluster. The Center has the following goals:

  1. Improve the Charlotte region’s energy sector talent pipeline by identifying existing and anticipated job opportunities and their requisite skills and competencies; including the educational and technical skills gaps most common among job applicants and incumbent workers;
  2. Identify how human capital needs are projected to change over the next three to five years within the energy sector and how those changes will affect the talent pipeline;
  3. Foster collaboration between energy cluster employers and CPCC to enhance current college programs and develop new programs;
  4. Help energy sector employers better understand the available workforce development and talent pipeline resources available at CPCC;
  5. Work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and energy cluster employers to promote pathways into the energy industry; and
  6. Expand local partnerships with organizations like EPIC at UNC Charlotte and the Centralina Council of Governments.


Local industry executives are providing input and support for the Center. “Through this partnership with CPCC, Charlotte area businesses, such as CB&I, are able to leverage talented individuals to help grow the next generation of experienced energy professionals. This not only helps to boost the local economy, but also continues the growth of the energy hub in this region,” said Jeff Merrifield, senior vice president of business development at CB&I, a global energy infrastructure company based in Charlotte. Merrifield is also a board member of the CPCC Foundation.

Read the press release.

In the News

Skilled Trades Survey, Charlotte Business Journal, April 2014

CPCC reports skills most needed in energy sector, Charlotte Business Journal, September 2013

Business North Carolina Energy Round Table, August 2013

CB&I gives $100,000 gift to CPCC

The Charlotte Business Journal article on the launch, Jan. 28, 2013