JCP&L welcomes new employees from Power Systems Institute training programs at N.J. community colleges

FirstEnergy's Power Systems Institute training program

Jersey Central Power & Light, a FirstEnergy Corp. utility, on Monday said it hired 20 graduates of Power Systems Institute‘s two-year educational program that helps prepare the next generation of line and substation workers for FirstEnergy’s 10 electric utility companies.

The new employees include 10 line workers and 10 substation electricians who are graduates of the PSI training programs at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft and Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.

“Our Power Systems Institute develops top-quality, well-educated men and women for the electric utility industry,” Jim Fakult, president of New Jersey operations, stated. “We look forward to these graduates joining our workforce to help continue providing safe and reliable electric service for our customers.”

All the graduates will be assigned to line and substation shops across JCP&L’s service area. Their work assignments will rotate as part of the training program.

PSI students split time between classes at the two colleges and JCP&L training facilities in Farmingdale and Phillipsburg. Since the program’s inception, FirstEnergy has hired more than 2,400 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.