Interested in employment in the energy industry?

Find out more about how to take your next steps.

Interested in employment in the energy industry?

Find out more about how to take your next steps.

Pre-Employment Testing

Pre-employment testing is a common requirement for energy companies. This means that for many energy industry jobs, especially those technical in nature, individuals must pass a written or computerized test in order to go through the entire employment qualification process with an energy employer. These batteries may include the following, which are the most common administered by utilities:

Plant Operator Selection System (POSS)
Power Plant Maintenance Selection System (MASS)
Construction and Skilled Trades Selection System (CAST)
Technician Occupations Selection System (TECH)
System Operator/Power Dispatching Positions Selection System (SO/PD II)

Click here for detailed information provided by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) about each of these batteries.

It is important to ensure you are ready and prepared for the pre-employment test since if you do not pass the appropriate pre-employment test, there is a waiting period to re-take the test.

Practice Tests

Candidates who are scheduled to take one of the pre-employment tests listed above have access to a practice test online. Many utilities post the practice tests on the Employment section of their websites. Or, contact the testing coordinator with your potential employer to find out more.

Test Prep Resources

CEWD has compiled test prep resources to help you brush up on several skill areas related to energy pre-employment testing.

Math Computation & Basic Algebra

Reading

CEWD has select passages from its Energy Industry Fundamentals course for the Get Into Energy Test Prep site to provide students with the opportunity to read energy industry-related passages.

Mechanical Concepts

Spatial/Figural Reasoning

EEI Practice Tests

Get Into Energy Test Prep Workshop

A CEWD member may be offering an in-person Get Into Energy Test Prep Workshop in your area. To find out, reach out to the testing coordinator at the utility where you are applying for a job.

The Workshop is an approximately 20-25-hour program, specifically for the CAST, MASS, or POSS test. The focus would be on several of the following areas:

  • Understanding mathematical usage
  • Understanding mechanical concepts
  • Spatial reasoning (assembling objects)
  • Figural reasoning
  • Reading comprehension
  • Graphic arithmetic