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 enrolled in the PSI program at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology. This program, offered in partnership with FirstEnergy and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, is a pre-employment program. Students are not guaranteed employment; however, students with the right grades, skills and attitude will have the potential to be hired by FirstEnergy. Financial Aid may be available for qualified students.
Steps in the Selection Process
- Program Orientation
This is your opportunity to learn more about the program and decide if a career as a lineworker is right for you.
- Technical Evaluation
Prospective students are evaluated on a series of hands-on activities that are performed on the job.
- Placement Testing
Transcript review and/or placement testing in reading, math and writing is completed before prospective students register for classes.
- Background Screening
Prospective students must successfully pass a background screen consisting of criminal and driving history.
- Physical Capabilities Assessment
Strength and endurance is tested to ensure prospective students are right for this type of work.
- D.O.T. Physical
Prospective students must provide a completed Medical Examiners Certificate.
- Climbing Course
Prospective students learn the basics of climbing wood poles and are evaluated for enrollment in the PSI program.
Prospective students participate in an interview with FirstEnergy management.
- Classes Begin
Selected students begin classes.
For more information regarding the Power Systems Institute:
Robin Micco – 1.800.829.6801, Option #5