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Electric Utility Technology (A.A.S.)

Since July 2019, 50 jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. The median salary for an electrical substation worker is $74,401 per year. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)

In partnership with FirstEnergy’s Power Systems Institute (PSI), Pennsylvania Highlands is offering the Electric Utility Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree. This is a unique, two-year program that combines classroom learning with hands-on training.

New for Fall 2022: two tracks will be offered within this program: substation and line.

Students will gain the knowledge they need through technology labs, business-specific courses, and the required general education courses. Following successful completion of the second semester, qualified students will participate in a compensated, 10-week evaluated field experience. Work assignments begin in May and end in August. Pre-employment screening with FirstEnergy is required.

Students who successfully complete this program will be qualified for careers as either substation electricians or electric utility line work depending on which track is completed. Additional information on the Electric Utility Technology program can be found on FirstEnergy’s PSI website.

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. All students who successfully complete the program will be well-qualified for employment in the energy utility industry throughout the country.

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Interested candidates should start the application process one year before the intended start date.

An information session is held every fall to outline the program as well as answer any questions. Visit FirstEnergy’s website here and fill out the “Get Invited” form with the necessary information to be invited to this important information session.

Tuition, required books, and lab fees are paid by FirstEnergy for qualified students.

College Contact: Tim Haberkorn, Assistant Director of Admissions, 814.262.6400


  1. Demonstrate work practices that comply with OSHA and safety guidelines for the electric utility industry.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of various hand tools used in the electrical utility industry.
  3. Operate equipment used for the maintenance, testing, and repair of substation equipment.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of basic business management and labor relations.
  5. Demonstrate skills in collaborative communication with team members and in the writing of technical reports.

Careers in the electric utility industry are both physically and mentally demanding. To ensure that students have the best chance of completing the program and gaining employment in the industry upon graduation, prospective students must successfully complete a rigorous 9-step screening process. For qualified students: tuition, required books, and lab fees will be paid for by FirstEnergy.

  1. Information Session: Learn more about the program and see if a career as a substation electrician might be right for you. Information sessions are held virtually from November through January. Are you looking to be a part of this information session? Click here to request an invitation.
  2. Technical Evaluation: Get evaluated on a series of typical hands-on activities that are performed in the field.
  3. Placement Testing: Take a placement test for reading, math, and writing or, for applicants with prior college credits, have your transcript evaluated.
  4. Background Screening: Pass a criminal and driving history background check.
  5. Physical Capabilities Assessment: Ensure you are capable of performing job duties with a strength and endurance test.
  6. D.O.T. Physical: Provide a completed Medical Examiner’s D.O.T. certificate.
  7. Climbing Course: Learn the basics of climbing steel structures and be evaluated on these skills prior to enrollment.
  8. Interview: Prospective students participate in a 1-hour interview with FirstEnergy management.
  9. Classes Begin: Selected students will then begin classes.

Electric Utility Technology is available at the following locations:

Career Coach Bar per program.


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