• Ryne Waggoner joins LPEA’s Engineering Department

    Durango native returns to town to serve as Staff Engineer at cooperative

    Ryne WaggonerDURANGO, Colo. – Ryne Waggoner has been named Staff Engineer at La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). Waggoner will assist with LPEA’s efforts to plan and provide for increased distributed generation and maintain quality control on the cooperative’s system.

    A Durango native and Durango High School graduate, Waggoner has now returned to his hometown following intensive experience with Lockheed Martin’s space systems division in Denver. He earned a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University at Fort Collins, as well as a Master’s from University of Denver in “Mechatronics” (a new merging of mechanical and electrical engineering), and served with Lockheed Martin for five years.

    “I’m very glad to be back home. Lockheed is prestigious and provided me with tremendous experience,” said Waggoner who worked on the Mars Lander, geostationary weather satellites, and more. “I look forward to helping LPEA meet the engineering challenges of the future.”

    During his tenure with Lockheed, Waggoner was one of seven employees selected for the corporation’s leadership development program, a four-year program that provided him interface and training with Lockheed’s upper management and prepared him for future leadership positions.

    “We’re very fortunate to have Ryne, who grew up in Durango, now serving LPEA’s members and sharing his engineering experience,” said Ron Meier, manager of engineering and member relations. “LPEA is always pleased when we can give our talented young people an opportunity to pursue their careers locally.”

    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.