Duquesne Light's Electrical Distribution Technology Program

  • Job Reference: 00000092-1
  • Date Posted: 20 November 2020
  • Employer: Duquesne Light Co
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Mining / Oil / Gas, Primary Industry, Trades & Services
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Program Description

The Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT) program is a joint partnership between Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and Duquesne Light Company (DLC) to provide training in the basic skills, knowledge, and abilities applicants would need to apply for skilled craft positions in the electric utility industry. The program design, including pre-qualification testing and course content, is intended to not only produce candidates who possess the skills to safely and confidently perform the manual tasks associated with electrical utility work, but also build the foundational skills that will allow them to advance further in their careers.


The EDT program consists of a fast paced and challenging curriculum that incorporates practical application of safety concepts and established work practices in the Overhead, Underground, and Substation Maintenance crafts with college level academic courses in computers, math and electrical theory. This is a full-time program where students will attend classes Monday thru Friday, both day and evening, to complete the 1 year 44 credit course; receiving a Certificate in Electrical Distribution Technology. Students will be responsible for paying their own tuition for the classes at CCAC. There will be 2 paid internships at the end of each semester as part of the program. Upon graduation, students who excelled during the program and demonstrated the right skills and attitudes will be considered for employment with Duquesne Light through its standard hiring practices. 


DLC Student Selection Process (you must be recommended or pass at each step in order to advance to the next in the process)

  • Application - You must apply to this posting and submit a resume to be considered for the program. Other submissions outside of this process will not be accepted. 
  • Submission of a Video Interview - Applicants will be invited to submit a brief video interview answering some basic questions pertinent to the program. Invitations for the video interview will be sent via email. 
  • CAST Test - Prospective students must achieve a minimum passing score on the standardized Edison Electrical Institute (EEI) Construction and Skilled Trades Test (CAST) assessing. abilities in Graphical Arithmetic, Mechanical Concepts, Reading for Comprehension, and Mathematical Usage. Below is a link to the practice CAST test with an unlimited number of tries to get familiar with the concepts:
  • Wood Pole Tryout - Candidates that pass the CAST test will be invited to complete a 3-day (7:00am-3:30pm) tryout where they will receive instruction and be assessed on basic tool identification, knot tying, pole climbing, and introduction to confined space. Candidates must receive a passing score in order to advance in the selection process. 
  • Drug & Background Screens - During the Wood Pole Tryout, a background check and drug screen (both urine and hair follicle) will be administered. 
  • Interview - Perspective students will participate in a 30 minute face-to-face professional interview with Duquesne Light leadership. 


Other Steps in the process

  • Enrollment - Prospective students are encouraged to complete the application for admission to CCAC as early in the process as possible to avoid delays in paperwork should they be selected for the program. The online form can be found here https://enrollcredit.ccac.edu/
  • Placement Testing - CCAC will review transcripts and/or conduct placement testing on basic math skills before enrollment into the program. 
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical - Students will need to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to successfully complete the EDT program. A completed Medical Examiners’ Certificate will be required prior to enrollment. 


Deadline to apply -  May 15, 2021

Program dates - August 2021 to July 2022