• LPEA’s Ryne Waggoner earns engineering accreditation

    Waggoner passes Principles and Practice of Engineering exam

    Ryne WaggonerLa Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Staff Engineer Ryne Waggoner has passed the Colorado Principles and Practice of Engineering exam, qualifying Waggoner as a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) registered in the State of Colorado.

    The Principles and Practice exam, which is administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), is the second exam required of aspiring engineering professionals. It goes beyond testing academic knowledge as in the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and requires knowledge gained in engineering practice.

    According to the NCEES, the high standards set by the licensing board helps protect the public by requiring that professional engineers demonstrate their competence to practice in a manner that will safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare. Licensure, notes the NCEES, demonstrates a commitment to the high standards of professionalism to which the engineering profession subscribes.

    To qualify for the PE exam, Waggoner must also have completed four years of experience relative to his field of practice. In his current position as staff engineer, Waggoner’s duties primarily include assisting with LPEA’s efforts to plan and provide for increased distributed generation and maintain quality control on the cooperative’s system.

    A Durango native, Waggoner 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 before joining LPEA in 2016.

    “Becoming a licensed Professional Engineer is a great accomplishment. Ryne has worked hard to meet this milestone,” said Ron Meier, LPEA manager of engineering and member relations. “We are all very pleased with his accomplishments.”

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 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.