Mon Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (FE), has hired eight new line and substation employees from the Power Systems Institute training program as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance service reliability for customers in West Virginia.
The Power Systems Institute is a utility training partnership established in 2012 with Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont, W.Va. Students spend two-and-a-half days each week spent at Pierpont completing academic course work with the remainder of the week spent at a Mon Power training facility in White Hall, W.Va., focusing on safe work practices and procedures in the electrical environment.
These new employees are members of the second graduating class of the Power Systems Institute and earned an associate of applied science degree in Electric Utility Technology.
"The Power Systems Institute program continues to produce well-trained, highly skilled employees for our workforce," said Holly Kauffman, president of FirstEnergy's West Virginia Operations. "These new employees will work shoulder-to-shoulder with our veteran linemen and substation personnel, learning from them in the field and honing their craft to help ensure reliable service for our customers, now and for years to come."
The new employees, hometowns, and work locations are: Keith Baker, Terra Alta, Kingwood; Joshua Coffman, Belington, Elkins; Tyler Dolan, Spencer, Parkersburg; Gregory Hawkins, Morgantown, Morgantown; Corey Mann, Mount Clare, Clarksburg; Nathanial Metz, Burnsville, Weston-Buckhannon; James Twyman, II, Bridgeport, Whitehall; and Travis Stemple, Morgantown, Whitehall.
The Power Systems Institute 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. Since its inception, FirstEnergy has hired 884 line and 289 substation personnel who completed Power Systems Institute programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia.