First Class Graduates from Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Program
Introductory training program prepared students for high-demand jobs in the natural gas industry.
Bucks County Community College recently recognized five students who successfully completed its first-ever Gas Distribution Pipeline Mechanic Introduction program.
The program, created through a partnership between PECO and the Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development of Southeastern Pennsylvania, is designed to fill the need for skilled tradespeople to replace and repair natural-gas distribution lines. Industry experts taught the curriculum in the college’s Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Center. PECO donated $20,000 worth of equipment and tools to ensure the training aligned with real-world requirements.
The graduation ceremony, which took place June 27 at the Lower Bucks Campus in Bristol, was attended by representatives from five companies, including PECO and industry contractors who interviewed the graduates immediately afterward. All are expected to soon begin high-paying, high-demand union jobs. Upon joining the union, hourly wages are in excess of $26 with excellent opportunity for advancement.
Graduating from the seven-week training program were Brahim Belkadi of Philadelphia, Sean Foley of Warminster, Jose Pereira of Philadelphia, Ron Shell of Bensalem, and Andrew Snyder of Doylestown.
For more information about the program, contact Susan Herring, Director of Workforce Development, at 215-968-8364.