Field named new Engineering Technician at LPEA
Cooperative looking ahead to address new technologies in the industry
DURANGO, Colo. – In its focused effort to keep current with cutting edge technologies in the electricity distribution industry and better serve its members, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has hired Clifford Field as Engineering Technician. In the newly-created position, Field is providing system administration for the AMI (Automated Metering Infrastructure), as well as addressing special projects and technology research.
“I’m very pleased to add Cliff to my department,” said Dan Harms, manager of rates, technology and energy policy. “Since he’s been interning for LPEA since 2015 while attending college, he is already very familiar with our system, and now will only enhance the team and increase our reliability and efficiencies.”
Among the first Fort Lewis College students to benefit from the new Geosciences, Physics, and Engineering (GPE) building at the Fort, allowing for 4-year degrees in the sciences, he completed his BS in Engineering in Dec. 2017.
Field served as a Senator with the Associated Students of Fort Lewis College, and was the student president of the Village Aid Project, a Fort Lewis organization derived from the national Engineers Without Borders. During his tenure he traveled to Central America to help engineer and build water systems for remote villages. He remains a community partner with the program.
Originally from Steamboat Springs, Colo., Field is an avid outdoor enthusiast who grew up as a Nordic ski jumper and counts among his accomplishments completion of the Colorado Trail (Denver to Durango) as well as The Appalachian Trail.
“When I came to Durango as a freshman in college, my love for this area was completely re-enforced,” said Field. “FLC graduates are not always able to remain in the area. I’m very appreciative that LPEA made this opportunity available, and I look forward to a long career with the cooperative.”
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible.
LPEA offers a variety of apprenticeships and employment opportunities. To explore employment, or for additional information, visit www.lpea.coop.