26 Graduate from Duquesne Light's EDT Program

August 4, 2021

Duquesne Light Company (DLC) has announced its latest class of graduates from the esteemed Electric Distribution Technology (EDT) program.

On July 23, DLC hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate 26 students who successfully completed the program, which focuses on entry-level skilled craft positions associated with the electric utility industry. The courses are in partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).

"DLC and CCAC's EDT Program is a rigorous training and we're proud of each program participant who made the commitment to spend the past year learning the lineworker trade," said Katy Rittle, who manages DLC's workforce development.

Through this nine-month, accelerated 44-credit certificate program, students learn the skills required for entry-level roles such as apprentice lineworker, senior operator, underground splicer and distribution operations center supervisor.

Most of the students assisted with setting poles, worked as flaggers for traffic and learned the proper tools to gather for assignments among other tasks.

"Learning the ins and outs of safely providing power to our communities is no small task," Rittle added. "We're grateful to participants and the dedicated staff that commits to creating out future workforce."

DLC's 2020-2021 Electric Distribution Technology program graduated 26 participants on July 23.
DLC's 2020-2021 Electric Distribution Technology program graduated 26 participants on July 23.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 EDT Program graduates: ​ ​ 

  •  Christopher Altman 
  • Jordan Cappetta 
  • Jonathan DeHart 
  • Christopher Felock 
  • Samuel Ferrier 
  • Dylan Frye 
  • Hayden Hennen 
  • Jack Hudak 
  • Robert Keller 
  • Tobin Kelly 
  • Samuel Klimko 
  • Noah Linderman 
  • Justin Mckinney 
  • Cal Miller 
  • Bryan Mitchell 
  • Robert Moore 
  • Donald Mudric 
  • Lexie Nowakowski 
  • Nicholas Nyman 
  • Jacob Posey 
  • Shalaya Pringle 
  • Joel Redinger 
  • Trevor Valentic 
  • Anthony Weil 
  • Jordan Woodhouse 
  • David Yurchak 

Students in DLC's Electric Distribution Technology program learn the ins and outs of providing safe and reliable power.

About the EDT Program

The EDT Program began in 2002 and has since evolved into a one-year program in partnership with CCAC. The curriculum is completed almost entirely at Duquesne Light facilities and graduates earn a Certificate of Electrical Distribution Technology along with 44 credits toward a 64-credit associate degree from CCAC. ​ 

Following the EDT Program, several participants are offered apprenticeships to continue their training with DLC. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the EDT Program and selection criteria should visit the following link

A special thank you these DLC instructors who led participants throughout the program: ​ 

  • Dan Herbst, Journey Lineworker ​ 
  • Dave McKee, Senior Underground Splicer ​ 
  • Keith Meyer, Electrical Equipment Technician, 1/c 
  • Justin O’Toole, Senior Operator ​ 
  • Bob Pierce, Senior Lineworker, Workforce Development 
  • Chuck Rothhaar, Journey Lineworker ​ 
  • Justin Smith, Supervisor, Workforce Development ​ 
  • Rich Tankersley, Senior Operator 
  • Kevin Vespaziani, Supervisor, Workforce Development ​ 


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About Duquesne Light Company

For more than 100 years, Duquesne Light Company has provided safe and reliable electric service to communities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, our core values of safety, integrity, dependability, equity and community enable us to serve more than 600,000 customers in two counties, including the city of Pittsburgh. We are committed to safely powering our customers’ lives while playing a leading role in our region’s clean energy transition. Our vision is to create a larger-than-light, clean energy future for all by delivering exceptional results today and boldly harnessing opportunities for tomorrow. In doing so, we can ensure a cleaner, healthier and more equitable community for generations to come.


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