ComEd encourages job seekers to apply for new entry-level positions that will play an important role in Illinois’ clean energy transition underway. Over the next 10 days, ComEd is accepting applications for 75 entry-level overhead helper positions that offer a pathway to a full-time career as a line worker and an integral part of the team that powers communities throughout northern Illinois. Applicants can apply now ComEd’s careers page.
The new positions are part of a bold three-year hiring plan announced by ComEd earlier this year to add 500 entry-level positions to the requirements of Clean Energy Transition in Illinois. For these positions, ComEd focuses on ensuring that the workforce reflects the diversity of the communities we serve by encouraging women and minorities who have traditionally been underrepresented in artisanal positions to apply for these positions.
“ComEd’s ability to reliably power 9 million people in our region depends on a skilled workforce willing to take on challenging roles to ensure a clean, resilient, and bright future for Northern Illinois,” said Terence Donnelly, President and COO of ComEd. “To support this transition, ComEd is looking no further than our own communities and is working to ensure more women and minorities have access to education and opportunities to excel in family-supporting careers in our fast-growing field.”
To prepare for Illinois’ clean energy transition, ComEd supports training and job placement programs that help qualify the workforce for the thousands of clean energy jobs expected in the years to come. New entry-level trades positions — including jobs like overhead line men and construction workers — will play a key role in building and operating a resilient grid that can withstand more frequent severe weather from climate change and fuel the rapid growth of renewable energy and electric vehicles.
“The new Illinois clean energy law will create exciting opportunities to prepare the electric grid for new EV technologies and protect us from climate change – all of which must be fueled with the help of the men and women of the electrical trade,” said Terry McGoldrick, President by IBEW Local 15. “In partnership with ComEd, we are committed to building a diverse talent pipeline to achieve these goals, a craft that will be critical to powering communities and economies for years to come .”
The position of overhead helper and other entry-level union positions within the company provide job seekers with training and development to eventually prepare them to become assembly line workers and other full-time trade positions within the company. These positions offer a path to full-time union work, with most starting at $29 an hour and employee benefits such as 401K and family wellness programs.
ComEd is accepting applications for the overhead helper position until September 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. To be considered, applicants must meet minimum qualifications, including possession of a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a driver’s license, and the ability to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). A. Candidates with overhead line experience, rock climbing or trade school training, military service, or tradesman experience will be given priority.
Candidates must demonstrate they are prepared for the physical and technical requirements of the position and go through a 12- to 18-month process to improve their manual and professional skills through a paid apprenticeship program.
To prepare applicants for success, ComEd offers a wide range of free career preparation resources and clinics. Climbing clinics hosted by ComEd prepare candidates for the unique rigors of on-site work, which includes 24/7 repair and maintenance of utility lines and infrastructure. To meet candidates where they are, ComEd has extended Climb Clinic courses to weekends and added additional workshops on interview training and preparation for the CAST (Construction and Skilled Trade) test. Earlier this month, ComEd piloted its first-ever all-female climbing clinics — part of an effort to erase stereotypes and give women broader opportunities to enter the field.
In addition to career preparation resources, ComEd offers a range of in-depth job training programs throughout the year to prepare talent for growing roles in trades and crafts – with programs such as the CONSTRUCT Infrastructure Academy, the Dawson Tech Overhead Electrical Line Worker Training Program, and the new Craft Academy program that just completed its inaugural cohort. For more information on these career preparation programs, please contact [email protected]
ComEd has also launched a new website, www.ComEd.com/CleanEnergyJobsto provide job seekers with information on pathways to craft roles within the company, job requirements and training programs designed to provide entry-level job-ready skills. For more information about future hiring opportunities at ComEd, or to coordinate a job alert based on your skills, please visit www.exeloncorp.com/career.