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Jay County REMC Lineman Dave Peters Answers Important Questions About Being A Lineworker

Posted on Apr 01 2019 in Profile
Dave Peters is a journeyman lineworker at Jay County REMC.

Top 3 responsibilities in a day

  1. Maintain and build electric power lines.
  2. Service equipment and tools.
  3. Perform substation maintenance.

What’s your typical day like?

There is no such thing. We have planned duties, but a weather event can change those plans quickly. 

What kind of education have you had?

I completed a four-year apprenticeship program that requires 576 hours of classroom study and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. At the same time, I took classes through Ivy Tech Community College. At the end of the program, I earned a journeyman lineman’s certificate and an Associate of Applied Science degree. 

How important is continuing education?

Advancements in technology have improved the way we are able to deliver electricity to our consumers, and it’s important for us to stay up to date on that new technology. Ongoing safety education is also critical to working in an unforgiving profession. 

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

It’s when we see the lights come back on after restoring power. Not only have we repaired the outage, we’ve restored our consumers’ way of life. 

Why do you enjoy working at a cooperative?

I love being outdoors and working with my hands in a rewarding career. I feel like I am accomplishing a goal every day and appreciate working in a culture that puts an emphasis on supporting its team and community.

How are you and the cooperative involved in the community?

We live here so we want to make our community better for our families and friends. We understand the importance of volunteerism and how it has a positive impact on the community.

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