17. May 2012 03:53
Moraine Park Technical College Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) students reached great heights at the recent College Lineman Rodeo, held in Norfolk, Nebraska. 25 teams from throughout the Midwest competed, with four teams participating from Moraine Park.
Students competing included Gordon Gossink of Beaver Dam, Tom Schultz of Plymouth, Jon Conger of Neshkoro, Jordon Born of Waupun, Eric Becker of Reeseville, Ryan Yonke of Berlin, Joe Peachy of Eldorado, Jordon Robertson of Dane, Toby Ravnum of Ettrick, Josh Roberts of Osseo, Kyle Schenkenberger of Pine River, and Jake Bergman of Watertown.
During the competition, students were able to demonstrate their unique and specialized skills in four areas: cross arm change out, obstacle climb, framing a C-1 structure and lineman knowledge test. The Moraine Park team of Born, Peachy and Roberts placed third in the cross arm change out.
“The competition was a chance for EPD students to showcase what they’ve learned this year and network with other students from around the Midwest,” said EPD instructor Jeff Vonau. “It was great for them to see other facilities and work together as a team. I think they all really enjoyed the experience.”
Moraine Park’s EPD program provides theoretical and hands-on training in all phases of power line construction and maintenance. The technical diploma program prepares students for entry-level employment as line technician trainees for electrical utilities, telephone companies and related businesses.
For more information on the EPD program, visit morainepark.edu/programs.