A pair of MPE linemen earn key credentials
PHOTOS: Journeyman Lineman Matt Reed (LEFT) and Journeyman Lineman Taylor Johnson (RIGHT)
DID YOU KNOW? Working as an electric lineman is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. There are nearly 20 fatalities a year per every 100,000 workers.
After 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and four years of academic work and testing, a pair of Mountain Parks Electric linemen have earned their journeyman designation. In February, Granby lineman Matt Reed and Kremmling lineman Taylor Johnson both met all the requirements to advance from apprentice to journeymen status.
“This is no small feat,” said MPE’s Manager of Operations Rich Trostel. “Most people don’t realize what’s involved in recruiting, training and retaining skilled linemen. Our ratepayers have come to expect a high level of reliability. When our members flip the light switch, they expect light. And we deliver that, about 99.99 percent of the time. Only a crew of proficient linemen can pull that off in this rugged mountain terrain challenged by wet, heavy snows. And that’s what we have at Mountain Parks Electric, a great crew.”
Trostel described the journeyman training course as “rigorous” and added, “We hope Matt and Taylor stay with Mountain Parks Electric for a long time.”