Special to Atmore News
Lineworkers often work non-traditional hours, outdoors in difficult conditions. While the job does not require a college degree, it does require technical skills, years of training and hands-on learning.
Becoming a journeyman lineworker can take more than 7,000 hours of training because working with high-voltage equipment requires specialized skills, experience, and ongoing mental toughness. Shortcuts are not an option and there is no room for error in this line of work.
Two members of the Escambia River Electric Cooperative (EREC), Kyle Strickling and Tyler Prescott, have completed the rigorous Lineman Apprenticeship program held through the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) and are now certified Journeyman Linemen. The program consists of correspondence units five labs, one workshop and one final exam.
“We are very proud of the hard work and time spent by these guys,” EREC CEO Ryan said. “Without the exceptional dedication and commitment of these hardworking men, we simply would not have the reliable electricity that we need for everyday life.”
Founded in 1939, EREC brings electric power to approximately 11,000 residents of northern Escambia County, Fla. and Santa Rosa County, Florida.