When you think about your electric co-op, you probably visualize our lineworkers, who work in difficult situations to safely restore your power after a storm. However, there are many other jobs at ECE. While not “traditional” utility worker positions, all our employees help keep the lights on. For example, we have a strong team of mechanics (pictured below) that keep our trucks running in tip-top shape. Our finance team pays the bills and keeps us on track. The human resources team ensures that employee benefits are handled with accuracy, while folks in engineering design our distribution lines.
This is an exciting time to be involved in the energy industry. Emerging topics like renewable energy, electric vehicles, and an ever-evolving relationship with our members keeps us on our toes. At the same time, we’re always learning new things. Careers in energy are rewarding and provide an engaging opportunity to serve the neighbors who rely on us.
The best way for ECE to provide safe and reliable electricity is to hire people with ambition and integrity. The diverse group of employees of ECE have graduated from technical schools, community colleges, state universities, and private colleges. As a result, your co-op values every type of education. And yes, that includes on-the-job experience because a four-year degree isn’t necessarily right for everyone. To those who haven’t yet found their passion, remember that continuous learning comes in many forms.
So, did little Justin want to be the CEO of an electric co-op when he grew up? Not exactly. Like most of you, my career has been a winding road and I’ve stopped at multiple rest stops along the way. To be frank, I owe my career to more than just a college degree. It comes down to parents, teachers, mentors, and previous employers, as well as books I’ve read and workshops I’ve attended. We’re all a product of our experiences, which is why your co-op places such emphasis on supporting local communities.
At your service we remain,