Take a moment to think of all the aspects of the grid that are currently microprocessor-driven. Not only relays and RTUs in a control house or SCADA center, but also pole-top reclosers, battery banks, transformer monitors, microgrid controllers, and of course the familiar smart meter. The list goes on and is ever-growing. Where there are microprocessors, there is computer code controlling them, and so the electricity grid is steadily becoming an ideal place to stake a career in software engineering.
The power industry will no doubt demand an increase of software engineers in its workforce as the power grid continues its transformation into the Smart Grid. For those willing to join the constant endeavor to keep the power flowing, many rewarding and challenging computing problems await.
Luke Hebert is a Cyber Engineer at Cybirical and a Certified Ethical Hacker. He earned his B.S. in Cyber Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is currently enrolled in Georgia Tech’s Cybersecurity Master’s program focused on energy delivery systems. Luke also serves as the IEEE New Orleans Computer Society chapter chair.