Benson native named JoCo Public Schools engineer of Energy Management

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Posted 5/12/21

Benson native Weston Hockaday was named engineer of Energy Management for Johnston County Public Schools. during the May Board of Education meeting.

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Benson native named JoCo Public Schools engineer of Energy Management


Weston Hockaday was named Engineer of Energy Management for Johnston County Public Schools.

A native of Benson, Hockaday was voted into this position at the May Johnston County Board of Education meeting.

He is a licensed professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. He brings more than 10 years of experience to the position having served as a consulting professional engineer with Dewberry Engineers Inc., the director of Central Engineering for North Carolina State University, and most recently as the interim director of the Energy Management department for North Carolina State University.

“We look forward to Mr. Hockaday bringing his knowledge and vast experience to our district,” said Chief of Facilities and Construction Brooks Moore.

Hockaday will work closely with Moore to develop and implement an effective and sustainable energy management program for the school district. 

“His expertise is perfect for this new role,” said Moore. “It is our expectation that Mr. Hockaday will work to provide our district hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy savings every year.”

JCPS formally contracted with Cenergistics, an energy management company, for this type of work. With Hockaday’s hiring, the district is able to perform this work in-house and will save more than $700,000 annually.

In his new role, Hockaday will also oversee the HVAC and Refrigeration departments of Facility Services, assist with capital improvements, and new construction projects. He will help to promote and ensure effective budgeting, planning, project management, staff development, and preventative maintenance.

Hockaday’s background includes extensive knowledge and experience with all types of mechanical systems, including chillers, cooling towers, steam, fuel, and gas boilers, air handlers, pumps, fans, coils, humidifiers, UV lights, filtration, direct digital controls, water and sewer systems, sprinklers, and domestic water heaters. He is also able to oversee electrical, life safety, and architectural needs as well.

“I believe my work experience, technical knowledge, leadership, communication, and time management skills will make a wonderful addition to Johnston County Public Schools,” said Hockaday. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve this district.”


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