READING, Pa., June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has hired 22 recent graduates of the company's utility worker training program as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance reliability for customers in its eastern Pennsylvania service territory.
The new employees include 13 line workers and three substation electricians that represent the first graduating class since the Power Systems Institute (PSI) training program was reinstituted by FirstEnergy at Reading Area Community College (RACC) in Reading, Pa., in 2014.
In addition, six current Met-Ed employees making a career change also completed the PSI program, with two being added as line workers and four as substation electricians.
"The PSI program is an effective pipeline for adding well-trained, highly skilled employees to our workforce," said Ed Shuttleworth, regional president of Met-Ed. "By teaming with our veteran linemen and substation personnel, these new employees will help ensure reliable service for our customers, now and in the future."
The new Met-Ed lines employees listed by work location, with their hometowns, are:
- Dillsburg – Levi Kauffman, Red Lion.
- Hamburg – Dustyn Gabel, Robesonia.
- Lebanon – Travis Barr, Lebanon; Chase Donmoyer, Fredericksburg; Nathan Fancovic, Lebanon; Gregory Tice, Mt. Joy.
- Reading – Brendyn Cooper, Birdsboro; Thomas Stinley, Oley; Jason Weber, Mohnton.
- Stroudsburg – Travis Fraunfelter, Mt. Bethel; Austin Hull, Spring Grove; Eric Moyer, Wind Gap; Derek Savino, Sinking Spring.
- York – Elijah Locke, Dillsburg; Bryar Robinson, Stewartstown.
The new Met-Ed substation employees listed by work location, with their hometowns, are:
- Easton – Mark Greggo, Easton; Daniel Smith, Kunkletown.
- Reading – Vincent DiGuardi, Reading; Gavin Fisher, Bernville; William Merriweather, Reading; Jeffrey Milbut, Oley.
- York – Ryan Morgan, Akron.
PSI is an award-winning, two-year educational program originally developed by FirstEnergy in 2000 to help prepare the company's next generation of utility line and substation workers.
The PSI students split time between classes at Reading Area Community College completing academic course work, with the remainder of the week spent at a Met-Ed training facility in Reading. All students focus on safe work practices and procedures in the electrical environment. The graduates earned an associate of applied science degree in Electric Utility Technology.
Since the program's inception, FirstEnergy has hired nearly 1,500 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
For information about how to enroll in the PSI program, call 1-800-829-6801, or go to www.firstenergycorp.com/psi.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and on Twitter: @FirstEnergyCorp.
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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.