Retirement allows for new opportunities at cooperative
With veteran Journeyman Lineman Bruce Crangle retiring after 39 years at La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), opportunities have opened up for others in LPEA’s Operations team.
Journeyman Lineman Ryan Peacock will assume Crangle’s position in Substation Maintenance. Peacock’s position as Working Foreman is now filled by Journeyman Lineman Bill Holtsford. With veterans moving off of the crews, new lineman are needed, so Evan Moore has entered LPEA’s Apprentice Lineman program.
Crangle came to the cooperative at age 20 working initially as a Groundman, but after five months he entered the four-year Apprentice Lineman program. As a Journeyman Lineman, he worked the line crews for 17 years until moving into Substation Maintenance, the department responsible for maintaining LPEA’s substations and regulators, ensuring reliability with the equipment that transforms high voltage transmission to reduced voltage for distribution on LPEA’s system.
Newly-arrived in Substation Maintenance, Ryan Peacock began his career in construction, during which time he initiated his lineman apprenticeship. He joined LPEA in 1998 and completed his Journeyman Lineman in 2000. He worked the line crews for six years, served as a Serviceman for eight, and was promoted to Working Foreman overseeing a crew in 2014.
Journeyman Lineman Bill Holtsford joined LPEA’s line crews in 2013, though he had been in La Plata County for 15 years working for a variety of electric contractors. He has been in the industry nearly 40 years, employed in 20 different states. He earned his Journeyman Lineman in North Carolina, his “home” state. Now as a Working Foreman, he is one of the four men who make up a hot crew, and will oversee his team and ensure safety and quality control.
Part of LPEA’s “next generation,” Evan Moore was born and raised in Dolores, Colo. He sought a secure job following high school graduation and looked to the electric utility industry. He enrolled in Mesa Hotline School in Grand Junction, and upon graduation, joined LPEA’s Apprentice Lineman program. Moore will earn his Journeyman Lineman in four years.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with nearly 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible.
LPEA offers a variety of apprenticeships and employment opportunities. To explore employment, or for additional information, visit www.lpea.coop.