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Brave linemen are dedicated to keeping the power on

By Patrick McIntyre, CSU Energy Coordinator

Since the invention of the Edison light bulb in 1879, electric linemen have been keeping the nation energized. More than 115,000 men and women install and maintain the nine million miles of electric grid that meet the nation’s power needs, including the 28 who serve at College Station Utilities.

That’s why the United States Congress and the City of College Station are recognizing today as National Lineman Appreciation Day (#ThankaLineman) as a way to honor the hard-working folks who protect public safety and energize our economy by keeping the power on.

Linemen are also a vital part of the first-responder community alongside police officers, firefighters, and paramedics. In most cases, other first responders can see their emergency issues, but electricity is invisible, which makes for an extremely hazardous environment during storms. While big events require all-hands-on-deck, most routine trouble calls are handled by two-person crews.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, being an electric lineman ranked among the 10 most dangerous jobs. Unlike most occupations, linemen spend a large part of their working lives well above the ground maintaining electrical infrastructure. Our linemen work with voltages as high as 138,000 volts down to the standard 120-volt power in your home.

College Station Utilities is also committed to the construction of reliable, underground utilities. Our electric grid is about 56 percent underground, which requires our electric personnel to be knowledgeable in both overhead and underground systems.

Please join us in thanking the highly skilled and dedicated linemen who work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions, to keep your lights on.

 


About the Author

Patrick McIntyre is energy coordinator for College Station Utilities and is responsible for the energy conservation and key accounts programs. Pat joined CSU as a key accounts representative in 2009. He previously worked for 17 years in the manufacturing sector and eight years as a consultant with the Texas Engineering Extension Service. Pat graduated from Texas A&M in 1982 with B.S. in Industrial Distribution and has lived in the area since 1984. 


 

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Linemen brave the elements to keep your power on

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By
Patrick McIntyre, CSU Energy Coordinator

Beginning in 1879 with the invention of the Edison light bulb, electric linemen have been keeping the nation energized.  The City of College Station and Congress are recognizing today as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the hard-working folks who protect the public safety by keeping your power on.

More than 115,000 linemen and women nationwide install and maintain nine million miles of electric grid to meet your power needs.  Electric linemen at College Station Utilities work with voltages as high as 138,000 down to standard household 120-volt power.

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Unsung heroes keep our lights on, protect safety

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By Patrick C. McIntyre, CSU Energy Coordinator

Beginning with the invention of the Edison lightbulb in 1879, electric linemen have kept the nation energized. Today, more than 115,000 linemen and women install and maintain the nation’s nine million miles of electric grid to meet our power needs.

The City of College Station and the U.S. Congress are recognizing Saturday as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the hard-working folks who protect public safety and keep our power on. Linemen rarely get the recognition they deserve for working all hours of the day and night — often in hazardous conditions — and going above and beyond to maintain and restore our power.

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