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Techs Train to Keep Co-op Fleets Cutting Edge

Fleet technicians ensure everything works when it needs to

Techs Train to Keep Co-op Fleets Cutting Edge

Electric cooperatives are working around the clock to ensure power is delivered safely, affordably and reliably. This may be most evident when lineworkers are spotted in the field, maintaining the system or restoring outages after a storm. But behind every bucket truck or other piece of equipment, there’s an often-unsung employee there to make sure everything works when it needs to: the fleet technician.

“Fleet technicians undergo training throughout the year to stay on top of new technology and safety protocols, and we’re pleased to play a part in supporting the key role these individuals complete on a daily basis,” Brown said.

“The work of fleet technicians may often go unnoticed, but their jobs are critical to ensuring equipment is operating safely and in full compliance 24/7, 365 days a year,” said Jimmy Brown, EnergyUnited manager of Fleet Services.

Fleet technicians are responsible for everything from oil changes to equipping vehicles with the latest technology, providing fellow co-op employees with the best tools to do their jobs.

In September, fleet technicians from 10 electric cooperatives across the state met at EnergyUnited’s Mocksville office for a 2019 Fleet Training Seminar.

“Fleet technicians undergo training throughout the year to stay on top of new technology and safety protocols, and we’re pleased to play a part in supporting the key role these individuals complete on a daily basis,” Brown said.

Sessions included technical information on engines and a discussion on fleet safety, specifically grounding and bonding fleet equipment in the field. Instructors represented Freightliner Corporation, Cummins Corporation and the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction.

Attendees represented Blue Ridge Energy, EnergyUnited, French Broad EMC, Pee Dee Electric, Piedmont Electric, Randolph EMC, Roanoke Electric Cooperative, Rutherford EMC, Union Power Cooperative and Wake Electric. Contractors from Utility Lines and Asplundh Tree Expert Company were also in attendance.

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