Three Graduate from SVEC’s Apprentice Lineworker Program

Hunter Ash, Matthew Dickerson and Austin Long graduated from the SVEC's Apprentice Lineworker Program at a ceremony held last night for their families and friends.

The apprentice program ensures a long-term supply of highly trained, well-rounded journeyman lineworkers who can safely provide excellent electric service to the cooperative’s consumer-members. To graduate from the program and become journeymen, the trio successfully completed the Northwest Lineman College Electrical Lineworker Program which includes a minimum of 576 hours of lecture, lab and field instruction. The graduates also completed over 8,000 hours of on-the-job training at SVEC.

“This is the third group to graduate since we launched our program in 2014,” says SVEC CEO Michael McWaters. “We are very proud of them for their hard work and dedication to their profession. Not everyone has what it takes to become a journeyman lineworker.”

SVEC currently employs 5 apprentice and 21 journeyman lineworkers who maintain over 4,100 miles of electric distribution lines throughout an area of about 2,100 square miles.

The newest graduates of SVEC’s Apprentice Lineworker Program are (from left to right): Hunter Ash, Matthew Dickerson and Austin Long.