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Power is an essential service to charge phones, run hospitals and businesses. Learn how NV Energy safely produces and distributes energy across Nevada. Macy & Anne describe the importance of communication, upgrading meter programs, and providing reliable service to businesses & customers. The experts explain important skills of an engineer at NV Energy; communication, collaboration, & creativity.


STEM — STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It represents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to gathering hands-on experience and applying “real-world” knowledge. People who work in STEM fields use knowledge in science, engineering, technology, or math to understand the world around us and to solve problems.

Anode — The positive electrode in a cell such as a battery.

Battery — A battery is a small device that provides the power of electrical items such as radios and children's toys.

Cathode — The electron-emitting electrode of an electron tube.

Cathodic Protection — The prevention of electrolytic corrosion of a usually metallic structure (such as a pipeline) by causing it to act as the cathode rather than as the anode of an electrochemical cell.

Collaboration — The situation of two or more people working together to create or achieve the same thing.

Critical Thinking — The process of thinking carefully about a subject or idea, without allowing feelings or opinions to affect you.

Diagnose — To identify a disease, condition, etc.

Electricity — A form or energy that can be carried by wires and is used for heating and lighting, and to provide power for machines.

Electric Meter — A device that measures the amount of electric energy consumed by a building, tenant space, or electrically powered equipment.

Electrode — A small piece of metal or other substance that is used to take an electric current to or from a source of power, a piece of equipment, or a living body.

Energy — Useable power that comes from heat, electricity, etc.

Engineering — The work involved in designing and construction engines and machinery or structures such as roads and bridges. Also the subject studied by people who want to engineer.

Field Crew (Engineer) — Field Engineer duties usually include inspecting and installing equipment and new technologies, directing crews or workers on site, conducting research, and reporting on project status. They make sure that everything works smoothly and engineering designs are being followed.

Flammable — Easily set on fire that will burn readily or quickly.

Metering — To measure how much gas, electricity or water is used.

Metal Engineer — Create meters, which are devices that measure the amount of something such as water, time, or money.

Natural Gas — Is a gas found underground or under the sea. It is collected and stored, and piped into people's homes to be used for cooking and heating.

Power Line — A cable, especially above ground, along with electricity is passed to an area or building

Programming — Programming is the process of creating instructions for a computer through code, which is specifically formatted set of instructions created in a certain way (or "language") that the computer will be able to understand and use.

Rust — A brown substance that forms on iron or steel, for example when it comes into contact with water.

Troubleshoot — To locate the cause of a problem and remove or treat it 

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