Proud to Work for a Co-op: Meter Technician Brad Wentworth

Posted on Dec 18 2018 in General

Top 3 responsibilities in a dAY

  1. Calibrate electric meters at consumers’ homes.
  2. Complete routine equipment inspections
  3. Locate and mark underground lines

How long have you been in your position?

I started in 1998 as a meter reader and this position in 2006.

What education and training was needed for this position?

Our advanced metering infrastructure allows the cooperative and consumers to monitor electricity usage in almost real time. I had to learn how this equipment works and about the tools I use to keep the meters functioning properly.

What part of your job do you find to be most fulfilling?

I spend more time in public relations than most would think, and it’s one of my favorite parts. I know I’ll be interacting with our consumers at some point in every day and I’ll be able to explain how our system works to reassure them how our meters help both the cooperative and them.

Why did you choose to accept a job at a co-op?

I worked long hours at my previous job and I wanted to transition to a job that would allow me to stay close to home and spend more time with family.

How would you describe working for a co-op?

I am proud to work for my electric cooperative. When community members learn where I work, I get such positive and complimentary reactions. They enjoy that they’re able to receive service from an electric cooperative. I’d also never worked anywhere that asked for my input. Four days into this job, more than 20 years ago, I was asked to contribute my ideas. This kind of culture really sets electric cooperatives apart.

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