Noble REMC wouldn’t be successful without our employees and directors. To highlight the work that they do, we’ve launched Lighting the Way to place a spotlight on those who help the co-op thrive.
Growing up on a farm, Brad Wentworth knows the power of electric co-ops. He’s heard the stories of Noble REMC’s history in providing power to rural areas, and now has played a hand in it himself. Wentworth has worked at Noble REMC for the past 24 years, currently as our field technician.
When he speaks, it’s with a reverence to the co-op, and usually a smirk on his face and a one-liner at the ready.
Let’s learn more about Wentworth:
What has been your journey here at the co-op?
“I started as a meter reader, and now I’m just an advanced meter reader,” Wentworth said with a smirk.
“Since we no longer read meters because of the AMI (advanced metering infrastructure), we now test 10% of the system every year. So, I make sure our meters are calibrated correctly, and we also look around to make sure there are no potential hazards since we don’t frequent the meter as much as we used to.
“And we also do a lot of underground locates because you can’t even dig for worms anymore without hitting something.”
What’s your favorite part of your job?
“That’s easy. When I get to talk to some farmer that’s a generation older than me, it gives me a chance to connect with the members that actually started the REMC. I can see in their eyes, farming wasn’t just a job for them. It’s a way of life for them.”
What’s something you want members to know about your job?
“I’m there to make sure everything is
in good service. I’m not there to spy on people.”
What do you enjoy doing outside of the co-op?
“If I have a preference, I like to fish and hunt. I’d like it even more if I was 20 years younger.”
What is your favorite movie?
“‘Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid’ with Steve Martin.”
What is your favorite kind of music?
What is your favorite local restaurant?
“Shorty’s Steakhouse in Garrett.”
What’s something surprising people may not know about you?
“I’m a lot nicer than I appear.”