MANY LYNCHES River members recognize just how important our LREC lineman are, but very few realize the training, time and dedication it takes to do linework safely and correctly.
The pandemic—and the social distancing required to prevent its spread—forced a temporary halt to in-person classes at the Hoyt L. Williams Training Center, the facility operated by the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina where many of the state’s lineworkers develop their skills, knowledge and earn lineman certifications.
The Lineman Apprentice program, which follows the Northwest Lineman College curriculum, ensures that our linemen are trained to perform the variety of tasks and duties associated with keeping your lights on. Throughout the four-year program, apprentices receive on-the-job training in work procedures and skills of the trade, and receive classroom instruction in power delivery.
Three of your LREC linemen recently completed the grueling four-year program just prior to the temporary closure of the facility. Aaron Sellers, Alex Honeycutt and Taylor King each earned the distinction of first-class lineman as a recognition of their achievement. In addition, six LREC linemen are currently enrolled in the training program.
Thankfully, in July ECSC re-opened the facility with new regulations in place to keep our linemen safe and allow them to continue receiving the top-notch training needed to perform their jobs safely. The center has limited the number of attendees for each class to allow them to follow all CDC guidelines regarding social distancing. Class attendees have their temperature taken before entering the building, wear masks when necessary, and sit at desks that are spread 6-feet apart.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present one challenge after another, but your cooperative will continue to adapt and overcome each one. Regardless of what we face, you can rest assured Lynches River and our amazing linemen will be here to serve you.