Southwest Mississippi Electric has joined other cooperatives from around Mississippi in implementing a Lineman Apprenticeship Program to educate and train our linemen in the proper and safe procedures for line work. Each level in the program involves six workbooks, a test on each workbook section, a final exam covering all six sections and a field test. Every new lineman must participate in the program.
The linemen pictured graduated to the next level of the program in April 2016. Front Row (L to R) Jake Knight, Riley Carson, Heath Holley and Michael Johnson. Back Row (L to R) are Josey Carithers, Ethan Graves and Evan Newell.
2nd Class Linemen are Johnson and Newell.
3rd Class Linemen are Carithers, Carson, Graves, Holley and Knight.
Bruce Butler, a 30-year employee, is participating in the program and has completed the first year of workbooks and tests.