FE Career Comes Full Circle for PSI’s First Student

Jeff Doran was drawn to the PSI program by the opportunity to work with his hands, be outdoors and troubleshoot problems.

June 29, 2021

In 1999, Jeff Doran had just graduated from high school and planned to join the U.S. Air Force to fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot.

Shortly after starting the enrollment process with an Air Force recruiter, Jeff’s plans were derailed when a medical screening revealed he had asthma. He was no longer able to move forward in the process.

Over the next few years, Jeff attended college and played football, but he still was unsure what his future career path would hold.

One thing was for certain: he did not want to sit behind a desk for 10 hours a day. Instead, Jeff preferred working with his hands, being outdoors and troubleshooting problems.

When he saw an ad in the newspaper about an Ohio Edison line worker job available in the Youngstown area, he called to learn more about the role and apply for it.

At the time, Ohio Edison leadership approached him with an offer to join FirstEnergy’s Power Systems Institute (PSI) – a new program they were eager to launch to train future generations of line workers and su​bstation electricians. Jeff would be the first student.

“That was the best decision I could have ever made for myself because I’ve had an extremely rewarding career that has provided well for me and my family,” said Jeff, who spent 15 years as a line worker at The Illuminating Company (CEI), before he became an Operations Services manager at Penn Power in 2018.

Over the years, PSI has helped more than 2,000 graduates, like Jeff, take their careers in the electric utility industry to new heights. He recently reflected on the road traveled since joining our first PSI class.

“My career has come full circle because I am now the one hiring PSI graduates once they complete the program,” Jeff said. “I know firsthand the hard work and sacrifices that go into completing the program, and it’s a great feeling to bring these talented men and women on board our team.”