November 13, 2019
After a lot of work, time, training and dedication, 22 West Penn Power employees recently reached journeyman A status in their respective crafts. Family members and coworkers gathered in Latrobe, Pa., to help recognize the group. Achieving this designation means that the honorees have worked the required number of years, demonstrated the needed skills, and displayed the technical knowledge necessary to progress to the top classification in their job position.
“These craft workers are now part of an elite professional group, able to perform tasks independently and serve as leaders in the field,” said John Rea, regional president, West Penn Power. “We congratulate them on their accomplishments and thank them for the dedication they have shown to their craft and to our company.”
The requirements to advance to journeyman A are slightly different for each craft area. In addition to the criteria listed above, some employees must also complete a set of Job Skills Demonstrations (JSDs) to show they are ready to take the next step in their career.
“It’s nice to commemorate these types of occasions with family members and coworkers for the role they play in our employees’ success,” continued John. “It is because of the guidance and support we receive from our friends and family that we are able to do this work for our customers.”
Earning journeyman A status were:
- Lineman A – Luke Bailey, Arnold Service Center; Jacob Breitenstein, Butler; Stephon Conto, Kittanning; Jeff Eaton, Clarion; Cody Grimm and J.D. McKeel, Pleasant Valley; Sam Licastro, Latrobe; Adam Menanno, Charleroi; Steve Perichak and Josh Weinman, Jeannette; Mason Roof and Dakota Wick, State College
- Substation Electrician A – Andy Bowser and Brent Simpson, Jeannette; Clinton Carson, Jefferson; Johnny Folmar and Brian Madeja, Charleroi; Ken McGinnis, Arnold; and Jake Pawlowski, Latrobe
- Controls Technician A – Steve Santi, Pleasant Valley
- Garage Mechanic A – Todd Brownfield, Jefferson; and Glenn Thompson, Uniontown
Also attending the lunch were West Penn Power directors Chuck Nevins, Mark Myers and Chad Stoneking and Travis Beck, president, Utility Workers Union of America Local 102.