Today, Ameren Illinois announced its new state-of-the-art
electric training center will be built on a nearly
12-acre site in Belleville.
"This new training center is a key component of our
Modernization Action Plan (MAP). This initiative is
allowing us to accelerate the modernizing our electric
distribution system over the next 10 years to meet the
service expectations of our customers in the 21st
century," said Michael Moehn, Ameren Illinois senior vice
president of Customer Operations.
"By locating the training center in Belleville, we will
benefit from our collaboration with Southwestern Illinois
College (SWIC). This innovative partnership is helping
prepare a well-educated, skilled workforce to serve the
needs of customers now and in the future," Moehn said.
"This partnership is helping provide area residents the
opportunity to gain the credentials they'll need to
compete for good jobs in our rapidly changing
The new training center will enable Ameren Illinois to
enhance the skills of co-workers and train new hires to
build and maintain our modernized electric
infrastructure. It is anticipated that up to 100 people
will be in training at any given time. Typical training
sessions will last one week or more. Those in training
will support the local economy by staying at local
motels, eating at local restaurants and making use of
The project will involve the renovation of structures on
the site, including the 15,000-square-foot main building.
The training center will feature two state-of-the-art
training rooms and a high bay for large equipment
training. Electric service training will focus on:
• Line work training for those responsible for
maintaining our nearly 46,000 miles of electric
• Smart grid training to support the advanced technology
and automated equipment that will be deployed to improve
the reliability and efficiency of the electric
• Electrical relay training to support the new advanced
relay systems that will be a critical component in
maintaining distribution system reliability.
The new facility will require additional trainers and
operational staff. It is anticipated the training center
will require at least five new positions. In addition, a
number of Ameren Illinois co-workers will relocate to the
new training center.
Work on the training center project is beginning this
spring. It is expected the center will go into service
late this year.
The Belleville training center is another example of the
action Ameren Illinois is taking to fulfill the
requirements of the Illinois Energy Infrastructure
As a part of the requirements of the new law, Ameren
Illinois will create more than 450 additional jobs in
2015, the peak year of the 10-year initiative. Job
creation is beginning this year and will increase until
the peak year is reached.
In addition to jobs that will be created through the
infrastructure modernization and improvement initiative,
Ameren Illinois currently has openings for more than 200
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric
and 813,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois,
and our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe,
reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible
manner. Our service area covers more than 1,200
communities and 43,700 square miles.AmerenIllinois.com.