The Governor has signed a proclamation declaring Careers in Energy Week, October 14-20, 2019, for the State of Illinois, which highlights our efforts to create a strong and growing energy workforce and to encourage Illinoisans of  all ages to consider a career in the energy industry.

The AIEC and the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) along with other utilities in the state of Illinois to form the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium (IEWC) and began working together as  to create a Careers in Energy Week in 2010. The purpose was to increase the public’s awareness about energy careers through a concerted nationwide/statewide effort. This provides an opportunity for energy companies to connect with their local communities, schools, families and other businesses to provide information about how utilities operate, the types of jobs within the industry, what type of education is required and where they can obtain the education they need.

During Careers in Energy week, the Center for Energy Workforce Development offers an interactive map to find energy careers in the US.

The AIEC partners with Lincoln Land Community College offering an Electrical Distribution Lineman Associate in Applied Science Degree and Electrical Distribution Lineman Maintenance, Certificate of Achievement.  For more information on this program contact Thad France, the AIEC Manager of Lineworker and Apprentice Development (217/529-5661) or Mary Zitek, Safety/Education Services Coordinator (217/241-7934) for more information on Careers in Energy!  The AIEC also supports the “Illinois Hires Heroes” and the “Serve our Co-ops, Serve our County” Programs for veterans looking for employment in the energy industry.  Employment opportunities within the electric utility industry can also be found on the careers page on the AIEC website.