Power Systems Institute in Partnership with FirstEnergy
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
This is your opportunity to learn more about the program and decide if a career as a lineworker is right for you.
Prospective students are evaluated on a series of hands-on activities that are performed on the job.
Transcript review and/or placement testing in reading, math, and writing is completed before prospective students register for classes.
Prospective students must successfully pass a background screen consisting of criminal and driving history.
Physical Capabilities Assessment
Strength and endurance are tested to ensure prospective students are right for this type of work.
Prospective students must provide a completed Medical Examiners Certificate.
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.
Curriculum for an Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology