Careers in Energy: Many talents come together for a common goal
Where do you find techies and sleuths, mechanics and designers, writers and mathematicians, electricians and ambassadors, all working together with one common goal? Your local electric cooperative, that’s where.
Delivering safe, reliable electricity requires diverse skills in multi-faceted positions, both in the office and in the field. Three of our employees recently shared their backgrounds to highlight Careers in Energy Month.
Jason Lande - Staking Engineer Lead, 14 years
Jason’s job requires knowledge of electric utility operations and construction, the National Electric Safety Code, and Rural Utilities Service specifications and codes. He has earned line staking certification from Minnesota Rural Electric Association, where he also completed leadership training and easement acquisition training.
“I design, coordinate, route and perform the required field staking of electric distribution lines and equipment, while ensuring that all permits, easements and other documents are completed and filed with the appropriate government agencies,” he said.
“My job allows me to work independently in a highly technical field and to be outdoors, which I love. I like that I’m typically the initial contact with our co-op members, and I work alongside various government agencies. It’s a great job in the community where I live and raised my family.”
Ryan Signore - Line Personnel, 3.5 years
Ryan received his Electrical Power Line Worker certificate from Northwest Lineman College in Denton, TX. He spent three years working for local power line contractors before coming to ECE.
“After school, I started working my first line job, where I enrolled in a four-year apprenticeship program,” he said. “I needed to test-out each year and obtain 7,000 hours of on-the-job training before I could become a journeyman lineman.”
Ryan’s primary job is to construct and maintain overhead and underground power lines, as well as being on-call and responding to after-hours power outages.
“Being a lineman is a great job for someone who likes to work with their hands and who has the utmost respect for and knowledge of electricity,” he said. “I like my job because of the safety practices, the brotherhood and friendships we have as fellow crew members, and all the great people who make ECE what it is.”
Alicia Kroll - Member Account Analyst, 3.5 years
Alicia came to ECE with a degree in biology, customer service experience, a penchant for problem-solving and the perseverance to find solutions no matter what. She quickly moved from Member Account Support to Member Account Analyst.
“My primary role is to ensure billing is accurate, using our billing maintenance reports,” she said. “Many times, when looking at accounts that may have an issue, it takes quite a bit of investigating to figure it out. I’m also responsible for closing many types of service orders and processing adjustments when necessary.”
“Working at ECE has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. My job is great for me because I love to investigate and solve problems. The team I work with is very supportive. ECE is family oriented and offers flexibility, which is a huge help with two little boys at home.”