Today, ten new PECO underground apprentice mechanics celebrated their completion of a rigorous 15-week training program - joining the front lines to ensure safe and reliable service for PECO's 1.6 million electric customers. More than 600 people applied for this year's program, which develops the fundamental skills new apprentice mechanics need to work safely on the company's advanced electric distribution system. Underground school instructors and members of PECO leadership came together to congratulate the company's newest field employees on this significant professional accomplishment. "The training our new apprentice mechanics received from our skilled instructors through this program provides the essential foundation for their careers at PECO," said Eric Helt, vice president of Electric Operations. "Our field employees play a critical role in our mission to deliver safe and reliable electric service to our customers and I'm proud to welcome them to the organization." The comprehensive program included enhanced simulations to provide candidates with real-life work conditions, field maintenance and repair skills. The program focuses on electric distribution fundamentals, electric theory, circuit design, emergency response, safety and first aid. Candidates also develop an essential understanding of the company's advanced electric distribution equipment. PECO's ongoing employee focus has been recognized by Forbes Magazine, which recently named PECO Best Mid-size Employer in Philadelphia. This tremendous honor is a direct reflection of PECO's commitment to drive innovation and create a diverse and inclusive culture - helping employees work more creatively to better serve the customers and communities it serves. PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania's largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 516,000 natural gas customers in southeastern, Pennsylvania. The company's 2,500 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. PECO was named 2017 Best Mid-size Employer in Philadelphia by Forbes Magazine. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.3 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 8,700 local jobs and producing $732 million in labor income. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit PECO.com , and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter . If you are a member of the media and would like to receive PECO news releases via email, please send your email address to PECO.Communication@exeloncorp.com .