SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Looking to replace aging infrastructure, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is set to hire 5,500 employees. The utility said they are especially interested in women and veterans to fill those jobs.

California’s largest utility provider is working to overhaul its aging gas line system. That massive project, coupled with an aging work force, prompted PG&E to start its own job training program called Power Pathways.

The utility is partnering with local colleges, community groups, and unions to teach courses such as advanced welding and electrical power systems.

Prospective job applicants do not need a college degree, but previous construction experience is a plus. The average starting wage is $20 to $25 an hour. Positions are available at the company’s offices and in the field.

Anyone interested can apply at

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