Lineman, electronic specialists, fleet mechanic helping to maintain the system
The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Operations Department has announced changes within its team, with a new Journeyman Lineman, electronic specialists and fleet mechanic.
Journeyman Lineman Tim Lee has joined the LPEA line crews. Born and raised in Durango, Lee served the country for five years in the Marine Corps as an Air Wing (and Corporal E4) servicing F-18s. He went on to earn his Journeyman Lineman and work for 12 years with the Texas-based transmission and distribution company Oncor, serving 10 million customers across the state.
In addition to the lines, LPEA’s substations are a vital part of the system, attended to by the Electronic Specialists. Veteran LPEA employee Kenny Sutherlin has taken a “next step” in his career, and Joe Frankland has embarked on a new career with the co-op.
A Durango native, originally trained and licensed and a working electrician before coming to LPEA, Sutherlin will soon celebrate 21 years with the cooperative. His experience includes line location, GIS, staking engineer and electronic technician before moving into the new Electronic Specialist position.
Frankland hails from Ohio, but has lived throughout the country, working as a professional musician for many years. A multi-instrumentalist who is partial to the bluegrass/country genre, Frankland was employed in the radio industry both as a DJ and most recently as an engineer for iHeartRadio in Albuquerque. He has an associate’s degree in electrical engineering and technology, and is pursuing additional licensing in technology.
LPEA maintains a fleet of vehicles and additional equipment, necessitating an experienced mechanic. Curtis Piccoli is now filling that role at LPEA. Born and raised in Durango, his experience includes 10 years with the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad servicing the support equipment for railroad operations. He followed that with 16 years servicing La Plata County’s fleet.
LPEA offers a variety of apprenticeships and employment opportunities. To explore employment, or for additional information, visit www.lpea.coop.