Improving cooperative service

Apprentices, trainers climb to success, safety through training program

Standing in front, from left: James Hugart (South Central Indiana REMC), Jason Connell (Johnson County REMC), Jordan Clark (UDWI REMC), Ron Taylor (retired from Hoosier Energy), Dave Jones (Brownstown Electric), Dave Helton (Hoosier Energy), Brandon Gentry (Hoosier Energy) and Chris Thompson (Johnson County REMC) pose for a photo.

Hoosier Energy and member-cooperative employees gain industry-specific training through the Department of Labor-certified Hoosier Energy Apprenticeship, Training and Safety program. 

The 8,000-hour program takes four years to complete and includes 13 hands-on technical schools for apprentices to attend. 

The program began in 1974 and has grown to include programs for line specialists, substation, metering, underground line work, energized lines, climbing school and bucket truck training.

Your energy producer is a co-op, too!

Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative providing wholesale electric power and services to your electric cooperative. Founded in 1949 and based in Bloomington, the power producer generates power from coal, natural gas and renewable energy resources. The G&T delivers power through nearly 1,700 miles of transmission lines across central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.