From student to employee — Luminant Power Track students are leaving the books for the boiler as they job shadow at fossil plants across the fleet.
“They are just so excited, anxious and full of questions,” said Tommy Neyland, educational outreach manager for the Power Track program. “This is a great opportunity for our students to really see what they spent last semester talking about.”
Luminant Power Track, Luminant’s career development scholarship program, provides an inside track to a career in the power plant industry for a select group of students. Those who are accepted into and successfully complete the program earn a two-year associate degree in power plant technology, and are hired on as summer interns at a Luminant power plant in Texas. This career “test-drive” can even grow into a full-time position with Luminant upon graduation.
During their job shadow week, the Power Track students will tour a plant and supporting mine of their choice, and spend their time visiting with management and shadowing equipment specialists, which is the same position the Power Track program is working to prepare them for.
“After this week, they’ll come back to Luminant Academy for the second semester of their first year and spend time in boiler and electrical classes before taking off for their summer internships,” added Neyland. “At that point, they’ll spend 16 weeks at the site of their choice gaining hands-on experience.”