For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (January 9, 2015) – PECO welcomed 11 new apprentice mechanics to the company's field force yesterday as they celebrated their graduation from a comprehensive natural gas training program. Natural gas school instructors and members of PECO leadership came together to congratulate the company's newest field employees on this significant professional accomplishment. The new apprentices will join the utility's front lines – helping to ensure safe and reliable natural gas service for more than 500,000 area customers.
"Our field employees are critical to the safe, reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers," said Ron Bradley, vice president of Gas Operations. "The completion of this training is an extraordinary accomplishment, and I am proud to welcome our new apprentice mechanics to the organization."
PECO's training program develops the fundamental skills new apprentice mechanics need to work safely on the company's natural gas distribution system. More than 480 people applied for this year's program. The current 11 apprentices were selected after a series of interviews and physical assessments.
PECO's Methods and Training department develops the curriculum for the natural gas training program and seasoned natural gas mechanics instruct and oversee the field work of the trainees. In addition to field maintenance and repair skills, the program focuses on natural gas fundamentals, quality customer interactions, emergency response, safety and first aid.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 500,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 85.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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