PECO yesterday welcomed 12 new apprentice mechanics to the company’s field force as they celebrated their graduation from a comprehensive natural gas training program. The new apprentices, along with 12 mechanics who graduated in April 2017, will join the utility’s front lines – helping to ensure safe and reliable natural gas service for more than 516,000 area customers.
“We are excited to bolster our workforce at PECO with our newest class of natural gas mechanics,” said Ron Bradley, vice president of Gas Operations. “They will play an integral role in delivering safe and reliable natural gas to our customers and I’m proud to welcome them to the team.”
PECO’s training program develops the fundamental skills new apprentice mechanics need to work safely on the company’s natural gas distribution system. More than 530 people applied for this program. These apprentices were selected after a series of interviews and physical assessments.
PECO’s Training department develops the curriculum for the program and seasoned natural gas mechanics instruct and oversee the field work of the trainees. In addition to field maintenance and repair skills, the program focuses on natural gas fundamentals, quality customer interactions, emergency response, safety and first aid.
PECO’s ongoing employee focus has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, which recently named the utility Best Mid-size Employer in Philadelphia.