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Public Utility Management Concentration

“This is an exciting program that benefits the utilities, Southern and Gateway, as well as the students. The utilities gain a pool of qualified candidates to assume management and technical positions; Southern and Gateway have a new curriculum  that meets the needs of local utilities; and the students gain new career opportunities.”
Larry Bingaman, President and CEO, Regional Water Authority

utility photoThe nature of public utility operations is rapidly changing in the New England region as the industry faces the common challenges of an aging workforce, looming retirements, aging infrastructure, additional regulations, and heightened financial burdens. Connecticut’s utility companies are seeking skilled managerial and technical workers. Utilities provide approximately 10 percent of all job opportunities in our state. 

At Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway Community College, we have created a unique pathway for students to receive the education necessary to fill projected managerial and technological job openings at Connecticut’s utility companies. Southern and Gateway prepare students for these types of challenging positions through real-world Public Utility Management Degree programs – developed in close consultation with many of the state’s utilities including the Regional Water Authority, The Metropolitan District, UI, and Eversource


utility photo femaleAn associate’s degree from Gateway or a bachelor’s degree from SCSU combines technical and managerial skills with general studies that can lead to average utility salaries ranging between $55,000 and $75,000, depending on an applicant’s level of experience and educational background. This can also lead to advancement in the in-demand, high-paying utility industry. Credits are transferable to a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, technology, business administration or related field. 

Gateway offers a certificate and an associate degree in public utility management. Southern provides a specialization in public utility management within its Bachelor of Science degree program in business administration – a program that is the first of its kind in the country.

Specialized and innovative classes

  • Financial Accounting
  • Public Utility Management
  • Environmental Regulations
  • Asset and Infrastructure Management
  • Rates and Revenues
  • Green Energy/Environmental Sustainability
  • Business Communication, Ethics and Law
  • Crisis/Risk Management
  • Customer Relations

Did You Know?

  • A large percentage of utility workers are within years of retirement. 38.9% of current utility employees will be eligible to retire within the next five years. (PricewaterhouseCoopers study)
  • Increasing automation and technology require that replacement hires be more technically competent.
  • The pool of professional, competent workers is shallow, making it difficult to find replacements.
  • Retirement of senior personnel is likely to result in the loss of valuable institutional knowledge.

For More information

Richard Bassett, Associate Professor, Management/MIS
Southern Connecticut State University
(203) 392-6197

Greg Robbins, Associate Professor, Management/MIS
Southern Connecticut State University
(203) 392-5865

Wesley L. Winterbottom, Program Coordinator, Public Utility Management Program
(203) 285-2354
Gateway Community College