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March 1, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Celebrates Engineers

Engineers conceive and design the devices and infrastructure we use and on which we rely every day, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation celebrated their many contributions during Engineers Week, which took place Feb. 19 - 25. The National Society of Professional Engineers first launched Engineering Week in 1951, “dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.”

“Highways, bridges, buildings and the electric and natural gas systems all start with engineering,” said Paul E. Haering, Senior Vice President of Engineering and System Operations at Central Hudson. “We honor engineers, past and present, for their hard work and vision in providing us with the necessities of modern life, and encourage students to consider engineering as a worthwhile and fulfilling career.”

Engineers at Central Hudson design the electric and natural gas systems that deliver energy to the Mid-Hudson Valley. Their work specifies the components, materials and overall placement of electric lines, transformers, natural gas pipelines, substations, natural gas gate stations, transmission facilities, underground networks and more.  Engineers also determine how new smart grid technologies will be integrated into the local grid to improve service reliability, increase system efficiency and enable distributed energy sources such as solar. “By working together with our natural gas and electric field crews and other departments from within Central Hudson, we’re able to implement improvements to the way we serve our customers,” said Haering. “It’s a company-wide, team effort.”

To provide guidance to students interested in a career in engineering, Central Hudson employees serve as mentors to Poughkeepsie High School freshmen participating in the E-TECH academy (Engineering, Technology, Early College High School). The initiative is a partnership between the Central Hudson, the Poughkeepsie City School District and Dutchess Community College, and provides these students with an integrated sequence of high school and college course work, mentorship by engineering professionals, workplace experience and potential internships, culminating in both a high school diploma and a college associate degree in the field of engineering.

Central Hudson also offers a robust internship program for college students, some of whom perform engineering functions and which for many leads to eventual employment. “Our interns often find careers with Central Hudson, as they find their chosen field allows them to make meaningful contributions,” said Haering.

Central Hudson helped recognize Engineers Week by sponsoring the local National E-Week dinner, held in New Windsor on February 28. More than 30 Central Hudson employees attended to learn about important projects, network with fellow engineers and provide encouragement to future engineers.

For more on engineering for students, visit /www.discovere.org/; and for more on Central Hudson’s internship program, visit www.CentralHudson.com/employment/internship.

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Junior Engineer Benjamin Hefele, one of five summer interns hired in 2016, works with Assistant Engineer Chris Gilbert (pointing) to place a new transformer at the Sturgeon Pool substation in Ulster County. Central Hudson’s internship program provides real-world experience and potential employment opportunities for college students.

Central Hudson helped recognize Engineers Week by sponsoring the local National E-Week dinner, held in New Windsor on February 28. More than 30 Central Hudson employees attended to learn about important projects, network with fellow engineers and provide encouragement to future engineers.