FKCC appoints ocean expert to advise on new engineering program

Tony Jones (Photo: Supplied)

Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) has appointed Tony Jones to its advisory committee for the new engineering technology program for alternative energy technicians.

With expertise in marine hydrokinetic, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) and salinity gradient energy development, Jones will advise the college on developing an Associate in Science Degree in Engineering Technology to fulfill the growing need for talent required in wind, solar and hydrokinetic power industry.

The renewable energy technician will be provided with hands on training at the college in Key West in Florida.

Jones said: “In the week that President Trump announces the withdrawal of the US from the Paris Accord on Climate Change stating job protection as one of his motivations, the fastest growing job in the United States is wind turbine service technician. We need educational institutions to prepare for this growth and the expected growth in tidal power.

“I am looking forward to working with the Florida Keys Community College on developing the talent to drive the renewable infrastructure essential to power the coastal communities.”

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded FKCC almost $895,000 to develop an Associate in Science degree in Engineering Technology with an Alternative Energy Technician track that will focus on career pathways in solar, wind, and ocean power technology.

The new program is planned for launch in August 2017.

Share this article

Follow Tidal Energy Today

Events>

<< Jan 2018 >>
MTWTFSS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

Waterpower Week 2018

This 3-day jam packed event provides you the opportunity to network, learn about legislative and regulatory initiatives, and discuss…

read more >

Marine Moorings Masterclass – STORM project

Funded by Innovate UK, the STORM (Specialised Thimbles for Offshore Renewable Marine energy) project is aiming to design a new multi-material…

read more >

RenewableUK Wave & Tidal 2018

The event will bring together leading developers, OEM’s, financial and innovation funding experts, technical and safety professionals…

read more >

Scottish Renewables Annual Conference

Scottish Renewables’ Annual Conference 2018 will take place against a background of these debates and examine in detail what these changes…

read more >