FirstEnergy recruits veterans for associate transmission system operators, dispatchers, nuclear security officers, power plant operators, electricians and maintenance. Nearly 1,200 veterans work at FirstEnergy.
Many positions within large energy companies often allow for advancement, educational opportunities and even transfers into other departments. Featured on the following pages are four veterans with experience in several service branches who have achieved success in major energy companies that actively pursue talent: FirstEnergy, PSE&G, Arizona Public Service and Pacific Gas and Electric. We’ve also listed the top jobs these employers are hiring veterans for.
What do you do? I help keep the lights on for FirstEnergy’s customers. From our state-of-the-art transmission control center in northern Ohio, I focus mostly on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas of our grid. My job involves monitoring and operating FirstEnergy’s transmission assets that are
69,000 volts and higher, including power lines, transformers and other equipment.
What did you do to prepare for transition? A year before I separated from the Navy, I enrolled in Power4Vets (P4V). P4V is a military transition program that prepares personnel to enter the utility industry as system operators. I also began to consider my strengths/weaknesses and how I would showcase myself to employers.
Why did you choose this career path? I am interested in a challenging job in a rapidly changing field. I have always liked science and technology and I wanted to learn more about civilian electrical systems. Furthermore, this job directly impacts everybody and requires continual training to remain up to date.
What hours/days do you typically work? Rotating shift schedule, including holidays and weekends. Shifts are 12 hours and I work either two or three days at a time.
What non-technical military skills are useful in your civilian job? Remaining calm. Always work toward a solution. Teamwork. Coming up with a plan and coordinating with various entities.
Would you recommend this career field to other veterans? Absolutely. The job is challenging and will keep you engaged. It requires attention to detail and knowledge of the system to be effective.
Best advice for transitioning service members? Create a plan. Attend a Transition Assistance Program (TAP) where you are based as soon as you are able. And learn what requirements and time demands exist for reserves, school, etc.
FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 5,000 megawatts.
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