Providing our workforce with the proper tools and training is part of our commitment to employees. We have created safety leadership training, leadership development training and other forms of training that help employees improve their skills and become better leaders.
For example, line mechanic apprentices must complete 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and classroom instruction over a four-year period. To graduate, students must pass a written exam, receive a score of at least 80 percent and demonstrate mastery of competencies learned by passing seven field events at 100 percent. In 2014, 67 line apprentices completed the Distribution Line Mechanic Apprentice Training Program.
AEP has several training facilities that are important resources for learning new skills and sharpening existing ones. In 2014, Appalachian Power opened a new training facility in Pulaski, Va. The new Pulaski Distribution Line Training School includes both an outdoor and indoor climbing area, providing the ability to train future linemen year-round. AEP also utilizes a mobile training center for distribution line employees in Virginia and West Virginia. The Appalachian Power Mobile Training Center houses common substation controls and systems inside a single trailer to educate and train our linemen who don’t get the chance to work inside substations very often. By refreshing and improving upon existing skills, it has helped AEP to reduce safety hazards and customer outages.
AEP has training alliances with various community colleges, vocational and technical schools across our 11-state service territory. We work with these institutions to develop academic programs needed to prepare employees for upward mobility opportunities and attract external job seekers interested in a career in our industry. Our education partners include: Columbus State Community College, Ohio Mid-East Career & Technical Center, Texas State Technical College, and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology.