Jesse King served in the US Air Force as an Electric Power Production Journeyman from 2011 to 2014. After leaving the Air Force, Jesse focused on his education, training and pursuit of obtaining employment with PG&E. June 2015, Jesse received a Diesel Tech Certification and September 2016, OSHA Electrical Certification. Although he continued applying at PG&E, he did not receive any offers to interview. In March 2016, Jesse accepted a CNC Plasma Operator/Welder job for a machinery business. Even though he was earning income, Jesse knew this position was just a job, not a career. His dream and passion is an Electrical Lineman career with PG&E. June 2016, Jesse heard about the PG&E PowerPathway Entry to Utility Worker training program for veterans and submitted his application. That August, Jesse was one of 30 veterans selected to participate in the training. He was excited to be one of the candidates selected; it would be one step closer to his dream. Unfortunately, after his first day of training, Jesse was in a tragic work-related accident that caused one foot to be partially amputated, in a cast and wheelchair. After the accident, SETA and ARC met to discuss, if possible, how Jesse would be accommodated to successfully complete the training. The instructor and coaches all agreed Jesse would be accommodated to ensure successful completion of the training. October 2016, Jesse successfully completed the training and earned the industry recognized PG&E PowerPathway certification. Soon after, Jesse continued to pursue his education and career. He enrolled in Northwest Lineman College and obtained employment as an IBEW 1245 Groundsman. The on June 12, 2017, Jesse was offered a PG&E (IBEW) GC Traveling Lineman Apprentice position that he proudly accepted.
Statement from Jesse:
“The experiences this career has to offer have been passions I have followed throughout my life; I wouldn’t just be going to my job, I would be furthering my knowledge in something I enjoy doing”
“I want to thank you for what SETA, PG&E and ARC put together for the veteran class I was a part of. I would not have received this opportunity without that class. I hope my classmates have had as much success from the class as I have and you continue to receive these success stories. I greatly appreciate what you have done for us.”