For his next career move, Brad Lock was looking for a slower change of pace, while being able to utilize his variety of experience in diesel technology. Noble REMC was the perfect fit.
Lock accepted the position of fleet mechanic and began his tenure with the co-op in late December 2022 upon the retirement of longtime mechanic Randy Hovarter.
Living in Churubusco, Lock had previously worked for the City of Columbia City as its mechanic. There he took on the responsibility of the municipal electric department’s fleet, as well as every other vehicle — from street, police, fire, water and parks departments.
Why make the transition from such a large fleet to the more specialized vehicles of the Noble REMC?
“I wanted a shorter drive from my house, as well as a smaller fleet of vehicles to take care of, which would hopefully mean less stress,” Lock said. “And I liked the idea of helping the community by keeping our fleet on the road by doing what I’m good at.”
So far, he’s found the co-op a place “full of good people” and looks forward to working here until he can retire.
Outside of the co-op, Lock likes to spend his spare time outdoors, whether it’s hunting, riding dirt bikes and four wheelers or camping with his wife, Casey, and three kids — Parker, Charlotte and Stella. And as it is for most mechanics, he always has something in the barn he’s tinkering with.
The directors and employees welcome Brad to the cooperative team!