Get ready for a career that reaches new heights.
Established by FirstEnergy in 2000, the Power Systems Institute (PSI) is a unique, two-year program that combines classroom learning with hands-on training. Students who successfully complete the program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electric Utility Technology which can lead to a career as a lineworker or substation electrician in the electric utility industry. Tuition, required books and lab fees paid by FirstEnergy for qualified students.
- Course Curriculum
The curriculum at Reading Area Community College includes technical coursework (electrical systems and control wiring; transformers; power generation and distribution), technology labs and business-specific courses, in addition to the required general education courses such as technical writing, math, English composition and micro computer applications.
- Field Experience
Following the second semester, qualified students are required to participate in a compensated, 10-week (40 hr/week) evaluated field experience. Work assignments begin in May and end in August. Pre-employment screening is required.
- Potential Employment
While completion of the PSI program prepares you for a job in the electric utility industry, it does not guarantee a job offer from FirstEnergy. However, students with the right grades, skills and attitude will have the potential to be hired upon graduation by FirstEnergy, as the company determines its staffing needs.
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