12. May 2009 19:00
Brian Mattice of Berlin, a student in Moraine Park Technical College’s Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) program, placed second in the obstacle climb at the recent 2009 Utility Lineman Rodeo, which took place at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Neb.
Several other Moraine Park EPD students competed in the event: Joshua Berger of Lyndon Station, Derrick Biermann and Donald Renner of West Bend, Nathan Lepke of Beaver Dam, Matt Mose of Iron Ridge, Bryce Radl of Tomah and Cory Wondra of Mayville.
Ten colleges with a total of 29 teams participated in the Lineman Rodeo. Moraine Park’s two teams of four students each took part in individual and team competitions that included a written test, a crossarm changeout, framing a crossarm on the ground, and an obstacle climb.
In the obstacle climb in which he placed second, Mattice had to ascend a pole with crossarms at 15 and 35 feet, rearrange a cut-out fuse and an insulator, then climb down. He did so in two minutes and 15 seconds, just six seconds slower than the first-place winner.
“The placement of Brian and our teams as a whole bodes well to the level of everyday instruction that the students receive in Moraine Park’s EPD program,” said Mark Theyerl. He and fellow EPD instructor Bill Ferguson instill competency and safety in their students throughout their training.
For more information and a video about Moraine Park’s Electrical Power Distribution program, go to www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics.