Mike Fross, mapping and locate technician for Miami-Cass REMC, began his career with the REMC in 2007. He was hired as a third-year apprentice lineman and worked in that role for his first two years before becoming a journeyman lineman.
Prior to joining the cooperative, Fross worked as an electrician and maintenance supervisor for Haynes International in Kokomo. From 1979 to 2000, he served as a lineman in the United States Air Force. During his time as active duty, Fross obtained an associate degree in mechanical and electrical technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Also, while on active duty, he and his family lived in five different locations. Fross’ favorite place he was stationed was in Alaska, where he not only enjoyed the job he was doing, but also the location.
As a mapping and locate technician, he is responsible for all of the locates and disconnects. Fross is also the in-house “electrician.”
He enjoys the variety of the job and the new challenges each day brings. Fross shared that the most challenging aspect of the job is dealing with technology. When asked if he would trade jobs with anyone else at the REMC, he said that he would enjoy working in the safety department.
Fross grew up in Delphi and Kokomo and is a 1978 graduate of Kokomo High School. He and his wife, Brenda, have been married 41 years. The couple have one son, one daughter, four grandsons and two granddaughters. His grandchildren range in age from 5 to 15, and he thoroughly enjoys watching them play sports. Fross also enjoys playing golf and just spending time with the family.
When Fross was growing up, he wanted to be either a rock star or a policeman like his dad. When asked what job he would have enjoyed if not for his chosen career, Fross said he would have enjoyed building houses. He is looking forward to retirement and hopes to move to Florida when he does and live to a healthy old age.
At this point in his career, Fross said that the older guys are now teachers for the younger line crew. One of the things he has learned throughout his career is to put personal differences aside and just get the job done. Fross’ advice to new apprentice linemen is to learn as much as you can, as every job is different. What he enjoys most about working at the REMC is the family atmosphere and interacting with the members. Fross considers each day a success if he has as safe a day as possible and goes home to his family at night.
We at Miami-Cass REMC are proud to have Fross as part of the REMC family. He is an asset to our team, and we are thankful for his years of service.