In partnership with First Energy, the Power Systems Institute (PSI)
Associate of Applied Science degree in Electric Utility Technology is a unique, two-year program that combines classroom learning with hands-on training. Students who successfully complete the program are well qualified for careers, such as line workers and substation electricians, in the electric utility industry.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics careers in this sector provide a mean annual wage of $59,450 (as of May, 2011). West Virginia workers in this sector earn an annual mean wage of $62,500, which ranks in the 83rd percentile for all job sector wages in the state. (BLS National 4-digit NAICS Industry Estimates)
In addition to the required general education courses, the program includes technical coursework in such topics as electrical fundamentals and electrical circuits as well as technology labs and business-specific courses.
Following successful completion of the second semester, qualified students are required to participate in a compensated, 10-week (40 hr/week) evaluated field experience. Work assignments begin in May and end in August. Pre-employment screening with First Energy is required.
Students with the right grades, skills, and attitude will have the potential to be hired upon graduation by First Energy as staffing needs are determined. All students who successfully complete the program will be well-qualified for employment in the energy utility industry throughout the country.
Careers in the electric utility industry are both physically and mentally demanding. To ensure that students have the best chance of successfully completing the program and gaining employment in the industry upon graduation, prospective enrollees must successfully complete a rigorous 7-step screening process.
Pierpont Community and Technical College
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FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes the nation's largest investor-owned electric system and a diverse generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 23,000 megawatts.
FirstEnergy's 10 electric utility operating companies serve more than 6 million customers in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Stretching from the Ohio-Indiana border to the New Jersey shore, the companies operate a vast infrastructure of more than 194,000 miles of distribution lines and are dedicated to providing customers with safe, reliable and responsivle service.