DURANGO, Colo. – Journeyman Lineman Eddie Quintana has joined the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Operations Department, bringing his years of experience to the co-op. In the electric utility industry, linemen are responsible for constructing and maintaining electric power transmission and distribution lines and facilities.
Raised in the Albuquerque, N.M. area, Quintana attended technical school in Las Cruces, focusing on welding, and pursued his initial career in the construction field. He took his skills to the U.S. Navy, where he served the country for five years – deployed twice in Iraq, as well as stationed the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Katrina. It was in the Gulf his interest in electrical line construction was piqued, as the Navy was tasked to help restore power to those affected by the hurricane.
Following the Navy, where he rose to E-5, Petty Officer Second Class, he earned his Journeyman Lineman with Southwest Line Constructors, Local 611. His career path took him throughout the southwest region, garnering expertise in high voltage line construction, including serving as part of the team that built 100 miles of double circuit, 345kv transmission line in Texas. Quintana comes to LPEA most recently from Jayco Electric.
“Eddie’s passion for working with tension and weight – basically the physics of power line construction – is a tremendous addition to LPEA’s team,” said Justin Talbot, manager of operations. “His expertise will be invaluable in maintaining our high voltage transmission lines throughout our service territory.”
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.