PECO has welcomed 12 new apprentice mechanics to the company’s field force following their graduation from a comprehensive natural gas training program. The new apprentices will work on the utility’s front lines, helping to ensure safe and reliable natural gas service for more than 516,000 area customers.
“The training our new apprentice mechanics received from our skilled instructors through this program provides the essential foundation for their careers at PECO,” said Ron Bradley, vice president of PECO’s Gas Operations. “Our field employees play a critical role in our mission to deliver safe and reliable natural gas to our customers and I’m proud to welcome them to the organization.”
PECO’s training program develops the skills new apprentice mechanics need to safely work on the company’s natural gas distribution system. More than 475 people applied for this year’s program and the 12 apprentices selected were chosen after a series of interviews and physical assessments.
PECO’s Training department designed the curriculum for the natural gas training program and seasoned natural gas mechanics instruct and oversee the field work of the trainees. Besides field maintenance and repair skills, the program focuses on natural gas fundamentals, quality customer interactions, emergency response, safety and first aid.