IEEE/PES SDG&E Spring Tour

April 04, 2011



Alumni give IEEE/PES students tour of SDG&E facilities

Over spring break, 15 members from the IEEE Power and Energy Society toured the San Diego Gas & Electric company. They were accompanied by SDG&E employees and Cal Poly alumni, Henry Ureh and Justin Arakaki.

 “Henry Ureh and Justin Arakaki organized this tour and made it a great learning experience. They provided excellent insight on how SDG&E operates on a daily basis,” PES president Danny Zepeda said.

On Monday morning, the students had breakfast with the Cal Poly alumni who work at SDG&E. After, the alumni took the students on a tour of the Miguel Gas Insulated 500 KV Switch Gear Substation. This station is a major power interconnection between Arizona and California. It regulates several different power agencies and is one of the busiest intersections of the state’s power grid.

Following the Miguel Substation tour, Ureh and Arakaki took the students to the Mission Control Center where SDG&E members oversee the transmission and distribution system. The control center houses SDG&E’s Grid Operations, or electric transmission operations, and responds to electrical outages.

Overall, Zepeda found the trip to be a success.

“It is our hope, that industry trips like this jumpstarts networking opportunities between students and employers,” Zepeda said.