New Underground Mechanics Join PECO’s Field Force

Nine underground apprentice mechanics graduate from comprehensive 15-week training program

PHILADELPHIA--()--Nine new PECO underground apprentice mechanics celebrated their completion of a rigorous 15-week training program, today − joining the front lines to ensure safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy and energy services for customers. More than 700 people applied for this year’s program, which develops the fundamental skills new apprentice mechanics need to work safely on the company’s advanced electric distribution system.


The graduates include:

      Phillip Bennink of Abington, PA Richard Llamas of Philadelphia, PA
Kyree Cox of Glenside, PA Abdul-Azziz Mujahid of Philadelphia, PA
Jamaal Holloway of Glenside, PA L. Jordan Whitehouse of Delran, NJ
Kevin Jacoby of Maple Shade, NJ David Yannelli of Swarthmore Woods, PA
Matt Kissel of Aston, PA

“I’m proud and honored to welcome our newest graduates to PECO,” said Eric Helt, vice president of Electric Operations. “Our field employees are critical to keeping the lights on for our customers and the training they received will help them safely and successfully work on our advanced electrical system to meet the needs of our customers.”

The comprehensive program included enhanced simulations to provide candidates with real-life work conditions, field maintenance and repair skills. The program focuses on electric distribution fundamentals, electric theory, circuit design, emergency response, safety and first aid. Candidates also develop an essential understanding of the company’s advanced electric distribution equipment.

PECO’s ongoing employee focus has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, which recently named PECO Best Midsize Utility Employer in the nation and second best employer in the Greater Philadelphia area. This tremendous honor is a direct reflection of PECO’s commitment to drive innovation and create a diverse and inclusive culture – helping employees work more creatively to better serve the customers and communities it serves.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015 PECO delivered 86.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. 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, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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