CREWE – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) employees recently attended Dinwiddie Elementary School’s annual Career Day, which featured representatives from various community businesses and volunteer organizations. SEC Line Technician Supervisor Edward Bethel and Line Technician H.L. McCann brought “Unit 35” to the school, a large bucket truck used to upgrade and repair power lines throughout the co-op’s service territory.
Students had the chance to learn about a typical day in the life of a co-op lineman, the equipment used and the safety measures that must be employed to work with live electrical wires. The two SEC line technicians came ready with multiple “show and tell” items for the kids, including climbing tools, line hoses for insulating wires during repair work, a pair of rubber gloves and sleeves, and several different “hot line” tools commonly employed in line work.
Enthusiastic reactions from the students quickly demonstrated to SEC personnel that some were quite serious about pursuing a career in the field, even at a young age. “It seems our guys may have picked up a few new recruits for the co-op. By the time they were done, a number of kids had switched their desired professions to lineman,” noted Paul Webb, SEC Eastern District Operations Supervisor. “We really enjoy getting out in the community and telling our story, and an event like this is perfect for doing just that.” SEC personnel also took the opportunity to impress upon the students how important it is to take necessary safety precautions should they encounter power lines and other energized equipment in the community.
Headquartered in Crewe, SEC is a member-owned not-for-profit electric utility serving more than 54,000 meters in homes and businesses throughout southern and central Virginia. For more information about SEC, please visit www.sec.coop, or find us on Facebook @ www.fb.com/SouthsideElectric.
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Children watching bucket truck demonstration
Linemen talking with children
SEC career day