A junior electrical engineer with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, no two days are the same for Jarrett Devereaux.
“I love being able to learn something new every day,” Devereaux said.
Some of his responsibilities include monitoring the electric breakers throughout the city and working with electricians to upgrade and replace old systems and fuse panels.
Devereaux was also part of the design and implementation team that created a new substation along Isabella Avenue, near Clinton Street.
A graduate of Falconer High School, Devereaux earned his Associate of Science in Engineering Science from Jamestown Community College before transferring to the State University of New York at Buffalo to earn his Bachelor of Science degree.
Following graduation, he was hired as an intern at the BPU, an opportunity that turned into a full-time position in 2014.
“The job market is definitely there,” Devereaux said. “(Engineering) is a growing field. Many people in the power sector will be retiring in the near future and it’s a great opportunity to get your foot in the door.”
In addition to a growing job market, he mentioned that students interested in an engineering career do not need to attend a “fancy school.”
“Spending two years at JCC gave me a great head start,” he said. “Don’t overlook community colleges.”
Also, taking advantage of scholarship programs helped him be able to afford to go to college.
“I couldn’t have survived without (scholarships),” he said. “They helped me pay for rent and other expenses. I really appreciate it.”
This feature is part of a series focusing on residents who have received scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and have moved back to or remained in, the area to live and work. If you, or someone you know, received a scholarship from the Community Foundation and would like to be featured, contact Sarah Shelters at 661-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 school year. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Chautauqua County high school. Scholarships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of subjects and vocations at two-year or four-year colleges or universities.