Jobs for Veterans
AEP actively supports, recruits and hires military veterans, as well as educates, trains and prepares veterans to transition into energy jobs. Many veterans bring key skillsets to the workforce, such as leadership, discipline, teamwork, reliability and safety, making them attractive recruits for our company.
AEP is actively involved in the Troops to Energy Jobs effort to increase the percentage of veterans in the utility work force. At the end of 2014, we had 1,875 employees who have served or are serving in the military.
AEP will host its third annual Military Veterans Open House on May 1, 2015 for a group of military veterans at its Transmission Training Center in Pataskala, Ohio to demonstrate the types of careers available at AEP. They will learn about skilled craft positions within our Transmission and Distribution organizations and get the opportunity to watch line crews demonstrate how they work on an extra-high voltage lines and how to operate a bucket truck. They also get a preview of the different technologies used to operate the transmission grid. AEP encourages veterans to actively seek and apply for jobs at AEP that match their training and skillset.
In compliance with the new U.S. Department of Labor regulations, AEP now provides online forms for employees to voluntarily self-identify their disability and/or protected veteran status. These new affirmative action rules are designed to broadly encourage recruiting, hiring and promoting military veterans in specific categories, in addition to those with disabilities.
In 2014, we changed our military pay policy for how we pay our employees in the Reserves and National Guard when they attend mandatory training to maintain their military status. We do this to ensure our employees do not experience any loss in compensation while fulfilling their military obligations. The pay differential we pay these employees is no longer subject to a 10-day limit per year, nor are they required to be employed by AEP for one year to be eligible for this benefit. The eligible training now includes weekend, or a series of weekends, in addition to the week-long training previously included. This change was made in response to a request from AEP’s Military Veterans Employee Resource Group.