Electric power utility technology | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio

Electric power utility technology


To help ensure FirstEnergy continues to have a steady pipeline of high-quality talent in our line and substation workforce, the company will be moving to an apprenticeship program and ending the Power Systems Institute (PSI). As a result of the transition, no new candidates will be accepted into the PSI program, starting with the 2023 recruitment year. FirstEnergy strongly believes an apprenticeship program is more in step with today’s competitive labor market and is being successfully utilized by a number of our electric industry peers.

We hope you will continue to consider FirstEnergy for future employment opportunities.

FirstEnergy employs a large workforce of power line and substation employees who work on transmission and distribution systems to ensure safe and reliable electric service.

Whether you’re testing substation performance, constructing distribution lines for a new residential development or repairing damaged power lines after a storm, lineworkers and substation employees enjoy fast-paced and rewarding careers.

This program is in collaboration with FirstEnergy and requires an additional selective and competitive application process. For more information, call 1-800-829-6801 or go to www.firstenergycorp.com/psi where the selection process link will give you the next scheduled information session at Stark State College.

Lineworker technician

Line work is physically demanding, with exposure to harsh weather and temperature extremes. You’ll need to safely climb wood poles and steel towers and operate various types of large line-construction equipment.

Substation worker technician

Substation workers inspect and maintain substation equipment – new and in-service transformers, circuit breakers and tap changers – and install, adjust, inspect, repair and remove substation systems and equipment. You’ll climb steel structures up to 70 feet high, work in confined and underground spaces close to high-voltage equipment and operate heavy equipment.

For more information,
Attend an information session remotely through an orientation video.
Go to www.firstenergycorp.com/psi and fill out the “get invited” link.

That will save your info in First Energy’s database and then First Energy will reach out to you to distribute the orientation video.

or call FirstEnergy at 1-800-829-6801

Program openings are limited.
Applicants will be assessed through
a competitive, multi-step process.

The local and regional electric utility industry has experienced a shortage of candidates for employment. Technology and required employee job skills within the electric utility industry are constantly changing; increasing the demand for a skilled workforce. The ultimate goal of the electric utility industry is to attract college level trainees to the electric utility industry. Graduates of the Stark State electric utility technology program can expect to be actively recruited.

This program is designed to give students the advantage required for easy acquisition of desirable long-term employment in the electric utility industry. Graduates of this program will be more employable and be able to command a higher starting wage rate than the typical entry-level employee. The graduating student will also enjoy an increased likelihood of promotion through an enhanced ability to be a productive addition to a company team. The electric power utility technology degree program will prepare graduates for employment opportunities in a variety of electrical fields, with an emphasis in the line worker area. (The overhead line technology curriculum prepares the student for hands-on, transmission support system installation/ maintenance and electrical substation maintenance.)

A graduate of this program will earn an associate of applied science degree.

For more information, attend an upcoming info session:

10 a.m. – noon

Stark State College
Business and Entrepreneurial Center (M100/101)
6200 Frank Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720

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