Celebrating National Engineers Week

Perry engineers (l.-r.) Jeff Miranda, Ken Kirkland, Jackie Breier, Kyle Krcmar, Justin Petty and Jeff Head enjoy a recognition lunch for Engineers Week.

February 22, 2019

Engineers are a cornerstone of our business. FirstEnergy is proud to celebrate the many engineers across our system – especially during National Engineers Week, Feb. 17-23.

The work our engineers carry out each day is vital to ensuring we have the power to make our customers’ lives brighter and make our communities stronger.

“As the energy industry continues to transform in a time of widespread technological innovation and changing customer expectations, engineers are more crucial than ever to ensuring FirstEnergy thrives in a world of new challenges and opportunities,” said Sam Belcher, senior vice president and president, FirstEnergy Utilities.

National Engineers Week encourages public dialogue about the need for engineers and bringing practical applications to life for children, educators and parents. This year’s theme is Engineers: Invent Amazing.

FirstEnergy is committed to developing the next generation of employees who will join our workforce and help build the future of energy. Across our service area, we offer STEM grants to provide educators with resources to engage students and motivate them toward pursuing STEM-related careers. Our co-op/internship programs provide valuable experience outside the classroom. Last year, Regulated Generation hosted students for summer internships at Fort Martin, Harrison and Yards Creek. These programs give valuable hands-on experience to undergraduates in the areas of engineering.

“Science, technology, engineering and math are fundamental to the energy industry’s ability to make lives better through advances that we often take for granted,” said Sam. “Today, STEM helps FirstEnergy forge ahead in areas such as the use of unmanned aerial systems, grid stabilization and other amazing new technologies that are ushering in the future of energy.”