We Hire EVIT: Salt River Project
Posted on 10/09/2017
SRP is one of the many Arizona business that work with EVIT to ensure students, like EVIT alum Rhett Davis, are trained to meet the latest industry standards

As the nation’s third largest public power and water utility, Arizona’s Salt River Project relies on a workforce of skilled employees with a strong work ethic to provide quality service to over 1 million customers. Students from the East Valley Institute of Technology often fit the bill.

Since 2012, nine EVIT students have been hired by SRP within one year of completing their training – three from the Welding program, four from Automotive Technologies and two from the EVIT Fire Science Academy.


“They are doing the hard work that keeps Phoenix and Arizona the leaders in our industry,” said Dennis Cox, manager of apprenticeships and training programs for SRP. “They come in with impressive trade skills and certifications, but also with the desire to work with their hands and make a difference. We help them take the next step in their careers.”

EVIT provides over 40 tuition-free career training programs to East Valley high school students, who spend a half-day at their high school and a half-day at one of EVIT’s central campuses. EVIT also offers tuition-based programs for adults, with financial aid available for those who qualify.

SRP is one of many Arizona businesses that work with EVIT to ensure students are trained to meet the latest industry standards. As part of that, SRP hires EVIT students as interns for its power generation plants. After completing their internship, students can apply for jobs and apprenticeships through SRP.

EVIT alum and SRP employee Rhett Davis

Cox said that EVIT’s welding students in particular come to SRP well prepared and with certifications required to do the job.

EVIT’s Welding program is accredited by the American Welding Society. Students learn basic metal fabrication and entry-level welding techniques to build and repair structures, and have the opportunity to earn AWS certifications. Welding students can also earn dual enrollment college credit through Central Arizona College and Pima Community College.

Rhett Davis, 21, completed the EVIT Welding program and graduated from Gilbert’s Mesquite High School in 2015. His welding training included an internship with SRP.

“I learned in the welding program that if you keep your head down and get your work done and enjoy what you are doing, you can go anywhere,” Davis said. “My instructor offered me up to SRP because he knew I would show up and work hard and not mess around.”

SRP was impressed. After Davis completed his internship, he went on to work full-time at an SRP power plant. Now, he has moved on past welding to be an apprentice lineman.

“I want to finish my apprenticeship and be a journeyman lineman,” he said. “Getting an internship at SRP was a great opportunity to build my experience and see all the careers firsthand and see all the different trades. I just fell into my niche and found what I like most.”

Cox said he is looking forward to seeing the next round of EVIT students who apply at SRP.

“We are very confident in the education that they receive at EVIT,” he said. “This is exactly what we would do if we could get to them earlier” for training.

EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college, and 92 percent are in college, the military or jobs within one year of completing their career training. 




It is the policy of the East Valley Institute of Technology District #401 to provide all persons with equal employment and education opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, age or disability. District grievance procedures will be followed for compliance with Title IX and Section 504 requirements. The compliance officer is the EVIT Superintendent.

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