Helicopter Captain - Flight Operations

First Energy
Reading, PA, United States
About the Opportunity

This is an open position with FirstEnergy Service Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence.

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.

Responsibilities include:
  • Ensuring that all flights to which they are assigned are operated in a manner consistent with FirstEnergy goals.
  • Assisting in developing aircraft checklists and standard operating procedures
  • Participating in all required approved training programs for the operator’s flight crews
    Following directives and notices issued to the flight crews as required
  • Ensuring that all aerodromes and routes assigned to them are operationally suitable and meet company requirements 
  • Participating in the FirstEnergy SMS System
  • Maintaining a working knowledge of FirstEnergy Operating Procedures Ensuring that the flight will not be continued beyond the nearest suitable aerodrome or heliport, when a flight crewmember’s capacity to perform functions is significantly reduced by impairment of faculties from causes such as fatigue, sickness or lack of oxygen
  • Responsibility for operational control
  • Responsibility for the security of the aircraft during its operation
  • Checking and assessing weather and all applicable NOTAMs where available
  • Determining fuel, oil and oxygen requirements
  • Determining the aircraft weight/mass and balance limits
  • Ensuring that all flight planning requirements have been met
  • Ensuring that the aircraft is airworthy, duly registered and that the documentation and operational information specified are onboard the aircraft
  • Completing an aircraft pre-flight inspection as per the aircraft flight manual, before each departure
    Briefing the passengers in accordance with the requirements specified
  • Operating the aircraft in accordance with procedures and aircraft limitations
    Completing all post flight duties as specified in the company operations manual, recording flight times and aircraft effects

Qualifications Include:
  • High School Diploma or GED required; Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or related discipline preferred
  • 100 hours of utility, military or medical helicopter operations experience is required
    Minimum 2 years relevant work experience is required. Relevant work experience will include aviation experience within a wire environment (utility, military, helicopter air ambulance operations) along with the ability to think strategically.
  • Holds an FAA Commercial Helicopter License with an instrument rating
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Able to understand the business criticality of their roles, the impact to each of the FirstEnergy stakeholders, and develop business cases for strategic initiatives
  • Innovative thinking to forge new concepts and facilitates unique creative solutions to risks. Ability to align utility aviation asset risk management with other business unit leader’s individual strategic goals
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Project management, risk management, or continuous improvement program experience is desired
  • Able to work with multiple business entities and individuals at all levels across the organization
  • Understanding of the power industry, to include grid layout, transmission, patrol operations, vegetation control, and storm response are desired, but not required
  • Focus on risk management goal development is highly desired
    Requires extensive travel

Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at www.firstenergycorp.com to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.