The Center for Energy Training at CPCC is continuing its work to capture knowledge and use that knowledge to help students and employers in the local energy sector. The center conducted this latest study with 22 energy companies to identify the skilled trade occupations most important to energy companies. A press release and detailed report was released in April 2014. Read the release here.
Occupations deemed of "high importance" in the study included maintenance and repair workers, supervisors and control and valve installers. View the Skilled Trades Survey PowerPoint presentation that gives more detail on each of the areas. This includes the 14 key trades, also reported in the Charlotte Business Journal on April 14, 2014.
The center completed its first study in the fall of 2013 on the occupations most in demand according to energy and energy related companies in the Charlotte region, including major manufacturing operations now expanding locally. Read the 2013 press release here. Additional press on the study from September 2013 include The Charlotte Business Journal.
The Workforce Development Study, conducted the first half of 2013 and led by the the Executive Energy Leadership Group, shows high demand, particularly for the nine occupations in the chart below. Research is based on interviews with local employers, labor analytics software data, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics and CPCC subject matter experts.
With this study and ongoing efforts, The Center aims to take an institutional and leading role in identifying matching opportunities for both the employers and our students.
Nine occupations now in demand
Note: The local title is described by employers, the federally-based O*NET description is linked to a federal occupational database with details about the occupation. Median wage and growth information is from the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Additional links are for related CPCC resources and programs.
|2012 Est. Median Annual Wage*||
Growth Outlook in MSA
|CPCC Links and Resources|
|Maintenance and repair worker
||Maintenance and Repair Worker, General||$36,480||11 percent (Level: Average)
Advanced Machining Operations
Basic Machining Skills Certificate
|Computer user support specialists
||Computer User Support Specialist||$43,390
||18 percent (Level: Average)
||17 percent (Level: Average)
||Career Coach||Construction Management Technology|
|First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers and repairers in manufacturing; and constrution, trades and extraction workers
1.0 percent in next 4 yrs. (Career Coach)
3 percent in next 4 yrs. (Career Coach)
|Heating and AC mechanics and installers
||Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers||$40,690
34 percent (Level: Much Faster than Average)
||5 percent (Level: Slower than Average)
|Welders, cutters and welder fitters
||Welders, Cutters and Fitters||$36,950
||15 percent (Level: Average)
|Pipe fitters and steamfitters
||Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters||$40,720||26 percent (Level: Faster than Average||Career Coach||Corporate Learning Center|
|Non-destructive testing specialists
||Non-Destructive Testing Specialists||$44,820||7.7 percent in next 4 yrs. (Career Coach)||Career Coach||Non-Destructive Examination Technology|
*This is from O*NET (TM). O*NET is a trademark registered to the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.
Additional information using recent labor market data (based on a year's worth of job postings from local energy companies in 2012-2013) shows these jobs were posted most frequently:
- Maintenance Technician
- Electrical Engineer
- Project Manager
- Accounting Analyst
Following these top five, active titles included mechanical engineer, electrician, financial analyst, engineer, mechanic, marketing specialist, administrative assistant.
Click here for a full listing of the study's 28 high-demand occupations.